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The Jean Nidetch Story: An Autobiography Paperback – 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Patrick Killough on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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I very much enjoy reading this book. The book is written in a conversational tone, and Jean Nidetch speaks candidly with a great sense of humor. Jean comes across as a remarkable and generous woman--someone I'd really love to meet.

The book is mainly an autobiography of Jean Nidetch, but it's also a story of how Weight Watchers was founded. Both are wonderful stories.

I first joined Weight Watchers in 1972 when I was in my early teens. I have been a member intermittently since then, most recently rejoining in August 2010. But I really didn't know much about the story of Weight Watchers and not much at all about Jean Nidetch.

It's just a delight to read Jean's life story.

Back in 1972, I thought that Weight Watchers had always existed, and I took it for granted. (If I had known that the organization was only nine years old, that might have seemed like forever to me since I was so young.) Now I realize what a gift it was to have a place like this where you can go and get support and guidance in the battle to get and stay thin.

The book was a trip down memory lane for me. I remember how severe the diet used to be. Definitely I remember that the program required you to eat liver once a week and how much I hated eating liver. But once I had eaten my liver, I had great motivation for staying "legal" for the rest of the week.

I also remember the two-hour lectures, and it seems like the classes were a lot bigger then. The lectures I attended were entertaining and humorous, but it depended on who your lecturer was. Now we have the much shorter express meetings--we lead such busy lives that that's probably a necessary change.
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