It is reported that Weight Watchers is to ditch ‘before and after’ photographs which emphasise the loss of weight that can be achieved on its programmes. Instead, the company says “… our members’ journeys are so much more about then than now; a journey of health with no beginning, middle or end and we want to connect with them through it because it is the relevant and modern way”. At least people knew what fat and thin actually meant.
Weight Watchers – we all know the brand –
They put you on a diet and,
You have to take it on the chin,
If you’re fat wanting to be thin.
They tell you what and not to eat,
Explain why you should never cheat,
And to encourage you some more,
Show pictures after and before.
“Just common sense,” I hear you say,
“Most people will progress that way.
We all should not our faces stuff,
When we have really had enough.”
But now correctness rears its head,
And in this day and age it’s said,
You cannot say nor yet imply,
That those with weights that may be high,
Should want to lose weight so that they,
Might be attractive in some way.
So gone are things we understand:
Not eating food, grilled, fried or canned,
And keeping off the spuds and bread,
With salads, fruit and veg instead.
So for Weight Watchers, what to do?
They still want customers like you,
And if they can’t show a result,
Promotions will be difficult.
But, having racked their brains, now they,
Have come up with some words to say,
Which will some sort of message send,
And not be likely to offend.
They say their members are en route,
Not only pies and things en croute;
There is no ending nor a start,
So if you want to look the part,
No-one can say when that might be –
You could still look like Tweedledee.
The problem is, I’ve not a clue,
What all this means and nor have you,
But I suppose we all should cheer –
It doesn’t say you can’t have beer!