RIP

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch dies at 91

Many are mourning the loss of the woman who helped millions lose weight. Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers, passed away in Parkland, Florida, early Wednesday morning at 91 years old. After she was mistaken for being pregnant one day in 1961, Nidetch was over being overweight and shed 72 pounds. The dramatic weight loss inspired her to co-found a weight-loss business that would help people watch their weight, aptly called Weight Watchers. The organization exploded into thousands of franchises with millions of members all over the world. Nidetch became the face of the company, and developed an almost cult-like following with her inspiring story about how she went from fat to fit. Her main message was that if she could do it, anyone could do it. “We ourselves hold the instrument that makes us fat,” she once said to The Sun Sentinel of South Florida. “I just shake my head when I see someone eating cake and saying, ‘Oh, I wish I wasn’t heavy.’ But they keep eating the cake!”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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