This news just in. Pinch me, I'm dreaming.
Weight Watchers is withdrawing from Finland, according to the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat. A report stated that a complete withdrawal was initiated in April 2010 after a 35-year corporate occupation of the country. Business has become increasingly unprofitable, which the company attributes to a small population spread over Finland's large geographical size. I would add that it's likely that the increased presence of radical fat activism through scholars such as Hannele Harjunen, and disillusionment with dieting is also a factor. It's really amazing that the company can't turn a profit amidst the worst ever moral panic about obesity. Weight Watchers groups in Finland will end in the summer.
I'm stunned and happy. Only 29 more countries to go until there's no more Weight Watchers anywhere.