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Weekend WTF: Weight Watchers Gives McDonalds Its “Seal of Approval”

by Erika Nicole Kendall

As much as I’d like to say I’m surprised…. I’m not. The world’s largest fast food chain, and the most popular diet system…joining together NOW? No….nobody expected that at allbecause that has never happened before:

Three McDonald’s meals, including Chicken McNuggets, carrying the Weight Watchers logo will be sold in the fast food chain in New Zealand from this week and will be introduced into Australia in the next few months.

As part of the deal, McDonald’s will use the Weight Watchers logo on its menu boards and Weight Watchers will promote McDonald’s food to dieters.

So far, the Fillet-O-Fish, with 18g of fat and 380 calories; Chicken McNuggets, with 29g of fat and 485 calories; and Sweet Chilli Seared Chicken Wrap, with 18.8g of fat and 404 calories, have been approved by Weight Watchers.

However, Chicken McNuggets with 485 calories for 10 pieces makes up almost a third of the number of calories the average woman should consume in a day, even when not on a diet. The NHS recommends women should consume 1,500 calories a day and men 2,000.

Weight Watchers now scores points for non-food, too? Awesome. I wonder how many points eating Play Doh would score me?

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Keisha January 14, 2012 - 2:46 PM

Weight Watchers has linked with a lot of food companies so that they can provide accurate point plus values to members. I think it will make members choose more wisely at the drive through. When they see the Big Mac has 19 pp and they will only have 10 pp left for the day. JMO I personally skip the drive through but if you, go it would be nice to know, instead of guessing.

Erika Nicole Kendall January 14, 2012 - 11:29 PM

Here’s hoping it teaches people to skip the drive thru – as you shared – altogether. I mean, really… yuck.

Vee March 29, 2012 - 10:10 AM

I agree.

AngieJ January 15, 2012 - 3:22 AM

Realistically people are going to go to McDonalds sometimes. Although I rarely go except for coffee I remember going when my son was young. It will be helpful for members to know how many points certain items have. No McDonalds shouldn’t be promoted as healthy eating but WW is very good about incorporating “real world” issues into the world of weight loss and dieting. Of course they might want to promote a good cariologist along with that chicken nugget point count.

linda January 15, 2012 - 11:08 AM

What caught my eye was the New Zeeland’s National Health Service’s caloric recommendations for men and women (2,000 and 1,500 respectively.)

The one I most often come across here in America (usually from the USDA) is 2,5oo for men and 2,000 for women. Ditto from the UK’s NIH.


Wanda January 15, 2012 - 1:38 PM

That is what caught my eye also Linda! I’m so used to hearing 2000 is the normal calorie range for women, that when I was dieting I dropped down to 1400. I wonder which actually closer to being correct? 1500 or 2000 calories per day for women?

Erika Nicole Kendall March 29, 2012 - 10:22 AM

If a 200lb woman with a 30% body fat percentage ate 2,000 calories, she’d gain weight.

Just sayin’.

EJ October 21, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Can you explain more about the 200 lb woman eating 2000 calories? I weigh 221- I’m sure my body fat percentage is above 30% and I’m not calorie counting, but of course–I want to lose weight.

Erika Nicole Kendall October 21, 2013 - 2:33 PM
Ruth January 15, 2012 - 11:49 AM

Well, maybe it will start people on the path from ‘look what I can eat!’ to ‘there are better choices, maybe I will keep this for special occasions’ to the best ‘I wouldn’t eat that shit if they paid me’ . Or at least make people start thinking of the fact that they can ‘spend’ their points on a lot more healthier choices and a LOT more food. Knowledge is power, so maybe it will backfire on McDo’s lol…well a girl can dream

Erika Nicole Kendall March 29, 2012 - 10:23 AM

This isn’t just WW giving points for McDs food. This is WW being prominently featured ON THE LABEL. HUGE difference. “This is OK – it’s got the WW logo on it!”

Ms. Fit And Tempting January 17, 2012 - 1:43 AM

Like you I would like to say I’m surprised but I would be lying. I have never been a fan of Weight Watchers simply because I don’t think they give their clients the tools to succeed long term. I almost feel like it’s a one way relationship. Either way, I find this undermines their supposed intent to help people. It’s all about the money I guess.

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