PARKLAND, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — The woman who founded Weight Watchers has died at 91.READ MORE: What Will Post-Pandemic Life Look Like? Futurist Bruce Turkel Has Some Ideas
Jean Nidetch died Wednesday near Fort Lauderdale. Her death was confirmed by her son, David Nidetch.
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.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Once Again Accepting Applications For Rent Relief
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.MORE NEWS: Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez Says More Must Be Done To Stop Florida’s ‘Disturbing’ Rise In Human Trafficking Cases
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