I'm sorry, but my irony-meter (ironometer?) just dinged so loud I was practically deafened:
Weight Watchers Sues Jenny Craig Over Deceptive Advertising
To me, any weight loss program advertisement is pretty deceptive--if you are mandated to have "*results not typical" in small print, you can pretty much guess that what you are hawking is worthless. I mean, Weight Watchers portrays your hunger as a little fuzzy square-shaped monster, which isn't exactly accurate. ABC's Good Morning America* has more on the story here:
"Jenny's delicious cuisine and the support of your personal consultant make all the difference," Bertinelli, who lost 49 pounds on Jenny Craig, says in the commercial. "Jenny Craig clients lost, on average, over twice as much weight as those on the largest weight loss program."The real irony is, of course, that science supports neither of these companies' weight loss programs. An independent study from UCLA shows that diets don't work. Despite the assurances from corporate big wigs that these programs aren't a diet ("They're a lifestyle change!"), um, they're a diet. You're restricting your food to try and lose weight--if that's not a diet, then I don't know what is.
Those claims have Weight Watchers fighting mad. The company says Jenny Craig's so-called science is a big fat lie.
"The claims that they are using in that advertising was just patently deceptive," said David Kirchhoff, the president of Weight Watchers International.
And now Weight Watchers is taking the fight to court.
"They compared a study they did this year, for one purpose, to a study we did 10 years ago," Kirchhoff said.
The Jenny Craig ads never mention Weight Watchers by name, but Kirchhoff says "everybody knew. You say the world's leading weight loss company; everybody knows who you are talking about."
Jenny Craig stands behind its message, and their science.
Still, the legal issues brought up in this lawsuit--"whether the ad claim is false, or misleading to the point of being the functional equivalent of false, and whether or not an ordinary person would be impacted by the ad's claims"--are both relevant and important. I'm curious to see where it ends up; the chuckles I get from my off-the-charts ironometer are merely a bonus.
*Holy leaping Freudian slip, Batman! I initially typed "Food Morning America."