Friday, January 06, 2006

Overeaters Anonymous Sells 11th Step to Weight Watchers

Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Jan. 6.- Cash strapped 12 step program Overeaters Anonymous today announced they have sold sponsorship of their 11th Step to weight loss giant, Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WTW) Details of the transaction are confidential, but sources close to the Weight Watchers state the deal was in the low seven figures.

A highly placed source at Overeaters Anonymous, who would only talk to the press on the condition of anonymity, said, "We weren't really using the 11th step that much anyway, frankly it was redundant, another "higher power" step and we still have five others. Without a quick cash injection we were going under. We needed less "God" and more cash. You can't believe how hard it is to collect money from our members, since we can't take checks or credit cards. How they expect us to collect money from members who are anonymous is beyond me. How are we suppose to send bills to people if they won't give us their names? Our accounting department has like 17,000 "J. Does" in New Mexico alone."

Previously the 11th step read:

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

The 11th step will now read:

Eat Weight Watchers® Yogurt and Smoothies
Rich. Smooth. Creamy. And quite possibly the most satisfying POINTS® value you’ll have all day.

The OA source also said that the organization was in talks with both Nabisco, the makers of Snackwells, and Entenmann's, but went with Weight Watchers because they only wanted control of one step whereas Nabisco wanted both the 11th and the third step as well as inclusion in three of the twelve traditions. Talks with Entenmann's broke down after the company refused to provide free samples of their products at meetings.

-- SBonline News


Blogger PTCruiser said...

Yes, I think the new wording for the 11th Step is by far more motivational and inspiring than the previous version.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way! This is a joke, right? Because I couldn't stop laughing (at the trying-to-collect-from-anonymous-members part, that is).

- Anon Y. Mouse

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious! I once tried to call OA. The guy who answered the phone told me the office was closed and he was on his way to dinner. This is a TRUE STORY (I could not have made this up if they paid me)!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous gioia said...

to the preson above: Yes people in OA do actually eat. You have to have dinner after all. The 12 step steps of OA saved my life, its sad to see you slander it because it maybe it too will one day save yours.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this disgusting - to mock something that has helped so many people (including myself). It's not even that funny.

2:08 PM  
Blogger spocko said...

Lighten up Francis. They are both fine organizations.

2:30 PM  
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