In short the article says:
In a study published today in the British medical journal The Lancet, people following the Weight Watchers regimen for 12 months lost twice as much weight as those who followed the weight-loss guidance of their primary-care physicians.
Sound good--right??? I've never done Weight Watchers but I have a lot of friends and relatives who have, and it always seemed to be a sensible way to lose weight.
But a little ways down in the article I read this:
The study was funded by Weight Watchers through a grant to the U.K. Medical Research Council.
Get that? Weight Watchers funded the freaking study which showed, of course, that you'd lose more weight on Weight Watchers.
Now, I actually do think that if you want to go with a "program" to lose weight, Weight Watchers is the only one that will actually work in the long run. They're not trying to sell you any pre-packaged foods, or miracle extreme short-term weight loss. When you sign up for Weight Watchers you get a sensible program which teaches you how to eat for the rest of your life (and group support).
So, for the life of me I do not understand why they have to participate in this guy of junk science, and, yes, when a company funds research that puts their company in a good light, it's nothing but JUNK.
Weight Watchers, I expected more from you.