Weight Watchers founder dies at 91
Published 29/04/2015 | 16:46
The woman who founded Weight Watchers has died aged 91.
Jean Nidetch died today near Fort Lauderdale. Her death was confirmed by her son David.
Ms Nidetch was a New York housewife when she founded Weight Watchers in 1963 after beating her own weight battles using dieting tips she learned at a city health clinic.
She packaged those into a fun format where dieters met and worked together.
By the following year, classes were held across New York, with dozens of participants going on to lead sessions of their own. A cookbook sold millions.
By Weight Watchers' 10th birthday, it was so popular that 16,000 people attended a gathering at Madison Square Garden.
When she and two partners sold the company in 1978, they received almost 71 million dollars (£46 million).