McNuggets diet? Weight Watchers get stuck in
Published 04/03/2010 | 05:00
FEW would dispute that McDonald's is a great hangover remedy, or a cheap means of filling your stomach. But a good way to lose weight?
Nutritionists and obesity experts turned on Weight Watchers in New Zealand yesterday after it teamed up with the fast-food chain. The slimming organisation's logo will go on McDonald's menu boards and tray mats, while Weight Watchers will extol the virtues of the meals to its members. The partnership is a coup for McDonald's, which in recent years has tried to rebrand itself as healthy and nutritious.
Facing a barrage of criticism, Weight Watchers Australasia's business director Chris Stirk said it was the organisation's philosophy not to ban any food. "These approved meals are really part of that philosophy ... that you can enjoy life, all that it has to offer, and still achieve your weight loss goals," he said.
Each of the three meals -- Chicken McNuggets, Filet-O-Fish and Sweet Chilli Seared Chicken Wrap, served with salad and a diet soft drink -- represents 6.5 points in the Weight Watchers system. Dieters are supposed to limit themselves to a maximum of 18 to 40 points a day. The Australian Heart Foundation triggered a similar controversy in 2007 when it approved nine McDonald's meals as healthy options, in exchange for $330,000 (€218,313). Weight Watchers has also been paid an undisclosed sum. (© Independent News Service).