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The Jean Nidetch Story: An Autobiography Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Weight Watchers Publishing Group (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039O49SI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this a fascinating read, full of insights and tips.
T. Patrick Killough
So I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to lose weight and I highly recommend you join Weight Watchers because the program really works.
Gigi Dixon
Even knowing how it ends, you will be rooting for Jean throughout the book as you read her story and where she came from.
Cupcakegirl

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On Columbus Day, October 12, 1923, Jean Slutsky was born in New York City. Her father was thin. Her mother was fat. Young Jean weighed only 7 pounds-plus at birth but grew steadily larger than she should, a roly poly baby, a chubby teen. She lost some weight to marry in 1947 an even fatter husband, Marty Nidetch, a happy-go-lucky bus driver. Their greatest joy was dining out together, always on the lookout for places that served free second helpings.

In September 1961, just before her 38th birthday, now a mother, 5' 7" Jean Nidetch weighed 214 pounds and sported size 44 dresses. Marty was 5'10" and weighed 265 pounds. In a supermarket that day a friend asked Jean when she was "due." Not pregnant, Jean was shaken. Within weeks she had enrolled in a New York City Department of Health Obesity Clinic, with a very rigid list of those foods and only those that might be and must be eaten. In the first ten weeks Jean lost 20 pounds but found no one at the Obesity Clinic who wanted to pat her on the back for her success. Any whining by Jean or other dieters was cut off ruthlessly.

Jean decided that she would never lose the 74 pounds the Obesity Clinic demanded without sympathetic overweight friends who could empathize with her struggle. Going it alone with no "atta girls" was not for Jean. She called six girl friends together and told them the drastic diet she was on that had made her shed 20 pounds (despite nighttime cheating with chocolate marshmallow cookies). Their first reaction: "You don't look it!" (Ch. 4, p. 41)

But the group kept meeting every week, pledged to follow the New York City diet. As Jean lectured away, part mother hen, part advocate, the group kept on growing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan England on April 28, 2010
I've always had a thing for reading books by successful entrepreneurs. Usually however, these were Silicon Valley magnets. As a struggling weight watcher member for years I picked up this book to hear its founder's journey and how she built a company from it. Jean's life hasn't been perfect but her drive to change her body and change her life is incredibly motivating. I think all of us that struggle with weight can relate to her challenges. She's changed so many lives. It's also interesting to hear her words written just a year ago in her twilight years at 86. Her book quotes everyone from Bob Hope and Charles Nelson Reilly to Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cupcakegirl on September 26, 2010
I have quite the history with Jeans program over the years. When I was a small child in the early 70's my dear Mother joined Weight Watchers and lost 75 pounds. I remember those days quite vividly. This book transported me to that time and all those challenges my Mom faced and the way she persevered and reached her ultimate goal for health and happiness.

I really enjoyed reading about Jeans journey and her many ups and downs, her struggles and her triumphs. This book was incredibly motivational to read and I am actually rereading it again I enjoyed it so much the first time. I too became a weight watcher years ago and I was able to lose 89 pounds via Jeans program. It changed my life forever and I have never been overweight since.

If you are struggling with your weight or just plain interested in stories about the human spirit I cannot reccomend this book highly enough. Even knowing how it ends, you will be rooting for Jean throughout the book as you read her story and where she came from. She was a true entrepeneur in every way and the details of how she turned a meeting in her kitchen into a multimillion dollar international corporation are riviting.

If you've ever been on the Weight Watchers program in the past, this book will be a gentle reminder of the value of it. If you are currently struggling with trying to make changes to become a healthier person this book is an incredibly motivating tool to help get you going in the right direction!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanky on October 20, 2010
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Jean informed us about her early life to her present life. She seems to be just a normal woman, who wanted to find a niche in life where she would bring herself from a relatively low middle class life to popularity because of what no one else had done before, i.e., help people not only lose weight the "correct" way but empower themsleves in being respectable by others. She is modest, yet popular because of how she seems to treat everyday people with respect. It was truly an easy, very enjoyable book which kept me wanting to learn more about Jean Nidetch and just how the Weight Watcher empire began. Afterall, I'm a "lifetime member" whose W/W program, I think, has assisted me in continually keeping me from a heart transplant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeniseNYC on September 11, 2011
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Well, this book will help you so much if you belong to Weight Watchers or not.
She is very sensable and simply real. I loved every word and found her life story touching.
Please trust me, this book will help you to stick to your program, because she makes it so easy to see how easy it is.
I love Jean and wish her well.
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