Nidetch claims this is the moment she decided to lose weight, which ultimately led her to founding Weight Watchers
And I remember the day vividly. It was October 1961. I woke up that morning and I was having thin day. You know, you can weigh 214ibs and you can have a thin day. Of course! You just get up and you're thin, and I felt fabulous. I put on my size 44 muumuu and I remember putting ribbon in my hair, I felt so [inaudible 00:00:33].
As I floated, it seemed, down to the local supermarket, I felt wonderful. When I got into to supermarket, I was pushing the cart in and out of the aisles and filling it with the goodies in case we should have a snowstorm. I told every checker, when she was checking me out, "That's for my children." I want you to know, a checker doesn't care why you buy it. What's worse, my children like Graham Crackers, but all the chocolate cookies I bought were for my children.
As I was walking in and out of the aisle, I met a lady that I had met before. You see, part of the whole thing was that I didn't like her the first time I met her, and there she was, facing me, and she said, "Jean, you look so wonderful," and I thought, "She's noticing. I'm thin."
Then she said, "When are you due?"
Finally I knew I had to do something, so I went to a city obesity clinic.