Weight Watchers was founded by Jean Nidetch.
Desperate over a weight problem, she went to a
free diet clinic sponsored by the New York City
Board of Health for the critically obese. She was
given a diet and "meal plan for ladies" written
by a heart specialist.
Two months later and pounds lighter, Jean decided
she needed someone to talk to. She wanted to
share a food plan that worked for her, with her
friends. With people that could give her
She invited six friends for morning tea and
talked truthfully about the rigours of dieting.
It worked. Word spread about the meetings and the
turnout grew rapidly.
The original diet and meal plan given to her
was the basis for the original Weight Watchers
plan. That combined with the discussion is what
got Weight Watchers moving, a new trend in
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They added an exercise plan in 1978
From this page:
"Judith Tenney, a Weight Watchers member since
1965, remembers that the original program
required members to eat a minimum of 12 ounces of
protein each day, but limited complex
carbohydrates and discouraged exercise fearing
that exercise would create stronger appetites."
Anticipating that you might want the actual
details of the original plan, I emailled
the media relations department of W.W. If you
do indeed want this info, please just request a
clarification before accepting the answer.
original plan Jean Nidetch
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