Terms and Conditions
The Weight Watchers weight loss plan is developed by respected health professionals. However, Weight Watchers isn't a medical organization and we can't give you medical advice. We strongly urge you to consult with your physician (or primary health-care provider) before starting any weight loss plan. We also urge you to get periodic medical checkups. Weight loss can create physical changes that should be medically monitored. Studies have shown, for example, that weight loss can aggravate gall bladder illness. Medical monitoring is especially important for people with a known medical condition. The Plan is healthful, but isn't intended to treat any illness or disease. In addition:
As of Dec 6th 2015 Weight Watchers accepts individuals from 13 to 17 years of age for membership as long as they have written medical permission from their physician (or designated health professional such as Nurse Practitioner) indicating a BMI percentile of 95 or higher and a 3 month weight goal. The weight goal will not be assigned by WW staff.
Upon registering, parents or guardians must:
Provide a physician’s note giving permission to follow the plan, and include current BMI percentile and 3-month weight goal. To be eligible for membership the BMI must be at the 95th percentile or above. Eligibility for membership is accepted based on the provision of a physician’s note.
Sign the Health Release on the registration form.
Follow the Food Plan recommendations as outlined below. In addition, rate of weight loss must be closely monitored to ensure it is not too rapid. See Rapid Weight-Loss procedures in Section II.A.6
- Weight Watchers prohibits participation in its weight loss plan for children under the age of 10, those individuals with an active medical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, those whose weight is less than 5 pounds above the minimum weight of the Weight Watchers Weight Ranges, and during pregnancy.
- Weight Watchers also prohibits subscription to our online weight loss products and offerings by individuals age 18 years and younger.
- If you are being treated for an illness, taking prescription medication, or following a therapeutic diet to treat a disease, it's especially important to show the Weight Watchers weight loss plan to your physician. Any modifications made to the plan by your physician should be followed.
- The Weight Watchers weight loss plan is designed for a safe rate of weight loss - up to two pounds per week (after the first three weeks). If you lose at a greater rate, you must review the Plan guidelines and adapt them, if necessary, to avoid rapid weight loss. Not following the Plan as designed may pose the risk of developing health complications associated with rapid weight loss.