Weight Watchers Shouldn’t Apologize

Weight Watchers Shouldn’t Apologize


Updated October 13, 2023 at 4:03 p.m. ET

As the son of one of the founders of Weight Watchers (WW), I am appalled and insulted by the current CEO’s comments Sima Sistani performed in “The New WeightWatchers: Oprah, Ozempic and Apologies” (Exchange, October 7). She is clearly disconnected from the company’s heritage. Full disclosure, my dad was the “brains” behind WW, encouraging Jean Nidetch be the face of the company. He orchestrated the sale of WW to HJ Heinz Co. in 1978. He was a board member for two decades until his death in 1998. My mother wrote most of the WW cookbooks. The business originated in the basement of my parents’ house in Baldwin, New York.

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