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The Story of Weight Watchers Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1972

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From back cover: you can skip meals and stay fat. You can eat three good meals a day and get thin. That was one of the major discoveries of Jean Nidetch, F.F.H. (Formerly Fat Housewife), now the svelte, glamorous head of Weight Watches International, the company which developed the most successful weight reducing program in history. The story of Weight Watchers is the story of t his legendary woman, the organization she founded, its early growth, its techniques and its proven system for weight reduction, described by Jean Nidetch herself.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet; First Thus edition (May 1, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451066650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451066657
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on November 17, 2003
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Jean's story fills the first 100 pages. She's a REAL compulsive overeater and I totally identified. Many of her stories are fun, too... she's a real "people person." The next 80 pages tell of the birth and growth of Weight Watchers. Then a couple chapters describe the original W.W. guidelines (which are rigid and focused on animal products compared to 2003 W.W. guidelines). The last several chapters (and inserted throughout) contain oodles of stories of individuals who lost and maintained through W.W., some with 200 + pounds. I found it a fun, motivational, and easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Greig on November 26, 2011
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I wanted to learn how this successful franchise began and continued to help others in its original concept to lose weight and why the organization would choose to later change its original techniques such as their present "points plus" system. After reading this book from Amazon.com, I noted that an original Weight Watchers cookbook from that time period was being offerred. Being very pleased with my purchases, I ordered more copies of those two books and forwarded them to friends, asking them to join me in analyzing how we might take command of and modify our eating habits, just as was originally presented before the organization was franchised. I believed we could be more successful in following the original approach than using the more relaxed, newer, modified one, because too many choices and modifications cause me to snack. There are lots of those older books still available, promoting the original system, and I'll probably be sending them to others with the New Year. Sometimes we all need a New Beginning, and this opened a door for me in the privacy of my home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diva Dot on March 24, 2010
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This is such a great inspiring story for anyone struggling with their weight. I highly recommend it. The personality of the founder comes right through. It's so personal and so real. A great read too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheesha on September 8, 2013
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My mom belonged to Weight Watchers and I read this book and went on the program with her. That's how I learned healthy eating habits.
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By suzanne312 on August 16, 2007
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I really enjoyed reading this autobiographical story of Jean Nidetch and Weight Watchers, which she founded in the 1960s. The author has a delightfully witty voice and quite happily discusses life as a "formerly fat housewife." It's definitely dated (written in the early seventies) but fun to read nonetheless. It's also interesting for its insights to the early Weight Watchers program--almost unrecognizable to those of us who have joined in the 21st century. Yet there are certain features that remain, features Jean introduced in her earliest meetings.
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