Weight Watchers Founder, Jean Nidetch, Dies at 91


Jean Nidetch, who founded Weight Watchers in 1963, died today.

This USA Today article about Jean, and how she came to start her business, is very interesting.  As mentioned in the article, she lost 72 pounds and transformed how people approached weight loss. When the business first started, Weight Watchers helped those struggling with weight loss to adopt a sensible food plan and to provide social support through weekly meetings.  A format that is still in use today.


I’m thankful that she started her business and shared it with many thousands of people around the world.  I might have to try to find a copy of her autobiography to read.  (Though not on Amazon… it’s listed at $164.94.)


Weight Watchers Works

Not that I didn’t already know that.  A new study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed various commercial diets.  Their results found that, according to their standards, two plans worked:  Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

The only real problem that I have with their study is calling Weight Watchers a diet.  It’s a LIFESTYLE.  Really.

Today Show coverage of the story.