Weight Weight Watchers Turns 50, Its Founder Jean Nidetch Is Fine At 89

A homemaker in Queens, Lon Gisland (as she dubbed it), Jean Nidetch ran out of chairs the first night she hosted a meeting in 1963.
Five years later, Jean started selling Weight Watchers Frozen Foods in supermarkets.

Wheedled by losers that wanted to be winners and still have wine with dinners, Jean's new WW men allowed foods like spaghetti, ice cream, and mayo.

Actress Lynn Redgrave lent her name as the first celebrity to be WW spokeswoman.

Entirely new way of counting calories --came in 1997 with points -- allowed a glass of red wine for losers, waiting for weight to fall off.

Former basketball star Charles Barkley lent his name to Weight Watchers when he became the first male spokesperson in 2011.

You can win one of 50 copies of Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook by emailing parade.com/wwy