Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sad News for Weight Watchers
We just discovered that it is raining outside. It is also 73 degrees with a slight breeze. We can hardly believe our good fortune on having even a little bit of moderate weather. After all, it is August in Arizona which usually means it is 100 degrees or more by this time of day.
So on to the latest Weight Watcher story. I used to read the blog, Man Meets Scale, but have not read it for several months. It is/was a personal weight loss blog done by David Kirchhoff, the CEO of Weight Watchers and it dealt with his own struggle with weight. All employees of WW must have lost weight with the program I'm told.
Anyway, imagine my surprise when I clicked over there a couple of days ago and read that he is leaving Weight Watchers and closing down his blog. He didn't say he was ousted or perhaps blamed for Weight Watchers losing money, but if you are the CEO of a company and that company starts losing money, you are the first easy target. Anyway, I wish him the best of luck and hope he can find a position where he is able to stay home and enjoy his family. The poor man traveled the world constantly and I always wondered how he dealt with the constant jet lag.
The very next day, my husband told me about an article he had read that said that the internet was most likely the reason that Weight Watchers is losing money. They blame things like Fitbit and My Fitness Pal and it may well be true.
Although I've known about WW since my early 20's, I did not join because of the cost of the program. Even when I joined in 2002, the expense concerned me. Still, I decided it was worth the expense and I joined. Things like My Fitness Pal are free and although you don't get weekly support meetings with real people, you can join groups and make friends there and it is all FREE.
I don't attend meetings now because I don't want to drive 20 miles to get there. In the back of my mind, I've thought that at some point somebody would surely start a WW meeting here but now I'm not so sure.