Weight Watchers founder dies at 91

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Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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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).

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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