Until I read the book, I won't comment directly. But I am morally opposed to anyone profiting from the afflicted,* and from the description of the book, it seems that's exactly what all those weight-loss programs are doing. Nancy suggests asking at a meeting how many Weight Watchers members have tried the program before, and how many are there to be supported in maintaining their loss? You can probably guess what the response will be – or try it at your own meeting.
The same is true, I'm sure, for the program I'm using. Somewhere on their website is the notation "over one million members" or something like that. [I can't find it right now, but I'm sure I've seen it. And it should say 'more than' instead of over. Thank you, Lenore Brown, for teaching me that bit of proper grammar.]
It does seem that the success of the low-fat food industry has coincided with an increase in the collective American girth, doesn't it?
Including mine, unfortunately.
*This includes for-profit prisons and methadone clinics, neither of which have any stake in getting you out of prison or off methadone.