Women You’ll See At Every Weight Watchers Meeting


Walking into a Weight Watchers meeting is like coming home. In an utterly pathetic way. My grandmother was a Weight Watchers member. My mom has been a Weight Watchers member. My aunts. My cousins. It’s in my blood, it seems. Last week, when I walked into the door for the umpteenth time to loose that baby weight I never lost, it felt like every other meeting I’d ever been to. No matter what the city, the year, or the program, there is the exact same mix of women to be found at the local Weight Watchers meeting…

1. The nutty woman who, despite below freezing temperatures, shows up to weigh in every week wearing spandex running shorts, a skimpy tank top, and not a single accessory.

2. The bride-to-be who will rock that wedding gown, dammit. Only to re-gain every pound she loses.

3. The frazzled new mom bouncing a crying baby, reeking of spit-up and sporting milk stains on her shirt.

4. The enthusiastic new member who excitedly purchases the scale, the cookbooks and countless boxes of Two Point Bars, diving into three of them mid-meeting.

5. The obese woman who has never lost a pound, yet obnoxiously hijacks every meeting with her tips and tricks.

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6. The hot young bitch who has five pounds to lose so she can wear her size 2 designer jeans.

7. The loud old lady crew who’ve been battling their mid-sections for 50 years and have imaginary plaques adorning their front row seats.

8. The annoying middle-aged woman who yells out every minor accomplishment she has to collect as many cheap little gold stars as possible.

9. The mother with the pre-teen daughter who is torn between gratitude and mortification.

10. The lone man who shuffles awkwardly and thinks that the only place he’d fit in less would be a Loehmann’s dressing room.

And, me. Again.

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


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I think I may be you at my local meeting. Thanks for the laugh.

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EmilyM 5 years ago

You just described Thanksgiving with my extended family. Haha! Very funny observation!

Ann 5 years ago

MAN THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!! I just started weight watchers and decided to do the monthly pass because I heard meetings really help. However I’m doing great with the online part and it has really helped me to eat healthier and thus loose weight, but the meetings are boring, annoying, and not for me unless I could take my knitting with me and do it there without any looks! We have all those characters!

Stephenie 5 years ago

Oh my goooosh.

My boyfriend has decided that he will start the program next week… well, at least I know he’ll just be shuffling awkwardly and not checking out the girl in the designer jeans. lol

Christi 5 years ago

I joined a few months ago. I’m the frazzled new mom with baby in tow. Although recently, I’m the absent, unattending screw up who has gained back 5 pounds and is desperately trying to lose it again before returning to stand on that damn scale again.


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