Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, an organization that has been credited with helping millions of people around the world to lose weight through reasonable healthy eating plans and weekly programs, has died.
Jean, who was obese herself, rose to fame after overcoming her unhealthy eating habits, eventually shedding 72 pounds and reducing her 44-inch waist; she went from 214 pounds body weight to 142 pounds. Before reaching her weight loss goals, Jean had tried subduing her uncontrollable eating habits and would shed off pounds using dieting programs, only for her to regain them after a short time.
Weight Watchers turned into a comparatively religious chase with membership commitments, inspirational meetings, eating systems, food products, cookbooks, and motivational success testimonies to encourage its participants. Mrs. Nidetch has been the public face of Weight Watchers for years and always proclaimed that weight management is a lifetime task. She died at the age of 91 at her home in Parkland, Florida.
In a 1970 memoir, Jean said that she would remember how at an early age, her mother always gave her something to eat whenever she cried. This greatly contributed to her emotional and physical struggles as both she and her sister found it difficult to control their weight. Mrs. Nidetch unsuccessfully tried fad diets, pills and hypnosis.
The Weight Watcher’s Diet
Originally, the Weight Watchers diet was comprised of nutritionally balanced meal plan of sorts, which included fish, lean meat, skim milk, vegetables and fruits. The program prohibited fatty foods, alcohol and sweets. The program has daily PointPlus target numbers which are based on factors such as age, gender, height and weight. The most important ingredient is the psychological one – participants keep diaries to help track what they eat, and there are lasting maintenance programs, diets with practical goals, supportive books and magazines, camps, TV forums, meetings and camps with motivational speakers and confessions.
Weight Watchers has been hailed as a major success and millions have enrolled throughout the world, with amazing testimonies of achieved goals. The program was eventually sold to H.J. Heinz Company in 1978 for $71.2 million. After the sale of the organization, Jean remained as an employee of the company as part of the sale agreement, and continued to be the face of the organization long after. There are over 25 million Weight Watchers in the U.S., Europe and Canada. The current set-up of the weight loss program has developed to include things such as an exercise plan.
Jean will be remembered for helping millions of people to not only lose weight, but also to avoid putting the pounds back on after their initial success. She has written many books and periodicals with different websites featuring her work.