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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:

Weight Watchers requires written medical permission to join their Meetings if you are a child under 17 years of age. In addition, teens and women nursing a child who want to attend Meetings must follow a specific plan and policies to meet their specific requirements.

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.

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