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1/14/17 12:45 A

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I agree DarkOrange, not only that but those Oprah commercials sometimes do make me want to scream...

Eat anything you want!

I never feel deprived!

Okay, I get the real meaning there, but the truth is, they're "selling" the idea of a magic formula or pill, where you don't have to work to achieve the results. Obviously to anyone who is working on "cleaning up their act" and eating better and healthier, and cutting back to lose pounds knows that neither of those statements are true in the strictest sense, especially the first one.

NO you can't eat anything you want.

Sometimes you may feel deprived, that doesn't mean you will starve ever. I am never hungry, but yeah, sometimes I crave something from my old eating ways, that I just can't eat without losing control, or just knowing it is garbage. Certainly not something to indulge in regularly. Maybe a treat, but not hey, I can just eat it if I want it.

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1/14/17 12:05 A

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While I enjoy chatting at WW meetings, I didn't like their food products that are contradictory to clean eating they promote. Have u seen what their bars or yogurts have in the ingredient list??!! Lots of chemicals.

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11/23/16 9:15 P

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So true Tampi!

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11/20/16 4:22 P

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I don't find it unusual.. but I am always wary of celebrity spokespeople. I know they're getting paid for it. How much of it they believe/do is always suspect. Anything for money... and I've always thought it would be much easier to be 'thin' if money were no object, and I had all of the things I wanted at my disposal in just the way I wanted them... but perhaps one good thing about Oprah being an example is that it shows that the idea that money is no object may not be enough still. She's a chronic yo-yo dieter (not saying that in any mean way. I have been too all my life. Hoping to have finally conquered that, but it remains to be seen.)

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11/19/16 7:54 P

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I really don't understand why she needs another 70 million dollars. sooo fake. and we women follow her like sheep.

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Totally agree Findingsookie. She comes across like Weight Watchers is a new discovery to her. Come on...how many times has she joined, points or not over the years. Business decision 1st, and if she happens to lose weight, bonus. Just my 2 cents, but who l'm I? Ha,ha

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1/7/16 9:39 A

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From a business standpoint, very smart since she knows that she has a huge following and that people will join just because she is endorsing it BUT from a moral standpoint I think its sickening. But if people choose to join Weight Watchers just because Oprah said to and not for their own personal reasons then that's on them.



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12/30/15 2:47 P

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Oprah has a personal chef and trainer. Or she use to so I don't understand all the hype. I do love her opening commercial though. But it won't sway me either way!

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I think if you have the money great but, as for her losing weight well, I think if she learns to just eat healthier maybe its all to the good. Those are just my thoughts.

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12/30/15 9:00 A

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I think that's kinda rediculas in a way, 70 million
but then on the other hand , guess that's why she is so rich and if people are willing to give it to her, who wouldn't go for it loli

I just happened to have bought a weight watchers magiine yesterday and she was in it. I don't see that she haslost all that much weight , myself. been thinking about joining just thinking about it




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12/30/15 12:53 A

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Oprah made $70 million for Weight Watchers Investment

So what do you all think of Oprah / Weight Watchers / Investment / Money made, etc.?

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Oprah's interview with Ellen
www.youtube.com/watch?v=faxIBr4-JEU

In case you haven't seen her Weight Watchers commercial
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNU-pvyhQd4


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Oprah Winfrey took a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers for about $43.2million on Friday

Shares in the company climbed over 100 percent in just one day after the announcement was made

Winfrey - who is worth $3.1billion - made $70million as a result of her purchase in just one day

The move comes just a few weeks after her best friend Gayle King began sharing the success she was having with the weight-loss program

Winfrey, 61, has openly discussed her struggles with her fluctuating weight over the years




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Fortune 10/2015:

Not bad for a day’s work

No need for waiting nor watching here.

Oprah Winfrey has already made serious cash on the 10% stake she took in the dieting company Weight Watchers WTW 6.96% on Monday.

For a total of $43 million, Winfrey purchased 6.4 million shares with the option to buy 3.5 million more (an additional 5% stake). Her bet has already paid off, and then some.

Weight Watchers’ stock spiked to more than $13 per share from just under $6.8 -per share at market close on Friday. Tuesday, the company’s stock price soared to more than $18 per share, more than doubling her return on investment.

Crunching the numbers, as USA Today did, one finds that Winfrey has already made more than $70 million on the deal. Including the stock options, she’s made about $110 million on paper.

The 52-year-old company has struggled in recent years to reclaim its market might. In Feb. 2012, its stock peaked around $80 per share. Executives at the company must no doubt be viewing the billionaire media mogul’s “Oprah effect” as a godsend.


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NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey, who has publicly struggled with her weight for decades, is going on a diet again. But this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers (WTW) said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.

The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares more than doubled after the partnership was announced, earning Winfrey more than $45 million on paper.

Winfrey will use the Weight Watchers mobile app and work with a personal coach, the company said. She has also agreed to let Weight Watchers use her name, image and likeness for its products and services. Additionally, she will make appearances on the company's behalf.

"Weight Watchers has given me the tools to begin to make the lasting shift that I and so many of us who are struggling with weight have longed for," Winfrey said in a statement. "I believe in the program so much I decided to invest in the company and partner in its evolution."

Weight Watchers is no stranger to celebrities. It has paid singers Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Hudson to promote its plan. But the deal with Winfrey is a shift to focus on overall health and wellness, rather than just dropping pounds.

"We are expanding our purpose from focusing on weight loss alone to more broadly helping people lead a healthier, happier life," said Weight Watchers President and CEO Jim Chambers said in a statement.

The company has been hurt by the popularity of fitness trackers and other health apps. MyFitnessPal lets users track steps, workouts and the amount of calories they eat for free on its app. Buying a FitBit tracker unlocks similar free online tools. Weight Watchers charges for its online food tracking, and weekly meetings and weigh ins have been a hallmark of its plan. Its shares were down 73 percent for the year through Friday. The company's earnings have fallen every year since 2011. To boost its earnings, the company announced $100 million in cost cuts earlier this year.

Winfrey's weight has yo-yoed over the years, and she's been very open publicly about her struggles with dieting.

In fact, weight was a frequent subject of her talk show, which ended nearly five years ago after 25 years on the air. In 1988, a thin Winfrey famously walked out on stage wheeling 67 pounds of fat in a wagon, representing the weight she lost. But her weight has fluctuated over time.

Her weight was still an issue as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" came to an end. She told the TV interviewer Barbara Walters that one of her goals was to "make peace with the whole weight thing."

Since then, Winfrey has talked about being uncomfortable with being the subject on the cover of her magazine because of her weight gain.

She now can trade weight loss tips with her best friend, Gayle King. The host of TV news program "CBS This Morning" told her Instagram followers five weeks ago that she joined Weight Watchers. Last week, King indicated in an Instagram post that she had lost more than seven pounds on the plan.

Representative for Winfrey and King did not respond to requests for an interview.

Meanwhile, Weight Watchers is hoping to tap into Winfrey's ability to turn ordinary products into the latest trend.

A stamp of approval from Winfrey during her talk show was powerful. Books she recommended skyrocketed up best seller lists and products shown on her holiday gift guide episodes would sometimes sell out.

But it might be harder to get her message across now. "She has less contact with people on a daily basis," said Craig Garthwaite, an assistant professor of strategy at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. In 2012, for example, Winfrey relaunched her book club, but it doesn't hold the same power. "Most people don't know that it exists," said Garthwaite.

Besides the OWN network, Winfrey reaches fans through O, The Oprah Magazine and Oprah.com. She also has a strong social media following with more than 29 million followers on Twitter, 11 million on Facebook and 4 million on Instagram.

The Weight Watchers endorsement is a departure for Winfrey. Throughout her talk show reign, Winfrey did not make money off endorsements, Garthwaite said. Since leaving the talk show, she has also lent her name to Starbucks Corp., which sells Oprah-branded tea drinks.

The move comes just a few weeks after her best friend Gayle King began sharing the success she was having with the weight-loss program

Winfrey is buying about 6.4 million shares of Weight Watchers at $6.79 per share. She will also receive options to buy an additional 5 percent of the company's fully diluted shares. She is also joining the company's board.

Shares of New York-based Weight Watchers International Inc. soared $7.14 or 105 percent, closing at $13.92 Monday.



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