This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World -- and Me

This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World -- and Me

by Marisa Meltzer


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From a contributor to The Cut, one of Vogue's most anticipated books "bravely and honestly" (Busy Philipps) talks about weight loss and sheds a light on Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch: "a triumphant chronicle" (New York Times).

Marisa Meltzer began her first diet at the age of five. Growing up an indoors-loving child in Northern California, she learned from an early age that weight was the one part of her life she could neither change nor even really understand.

Fast forward nearly four decades. Marisa, also a contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times, comes across an obituary for Jean Nidetch, the Queens, New York housewife who founded Weight Watchers in 1963. Weaving Jean's incredible story as weight loss maven and pathbreaking entrepreneur with Marisa's own journey through Weight Watchers, she chronicles the deep parallels, and enduring frustrations, in each woman's decades-long efforts to lose weight and keep it off. The result is funny, unexpected, and unforgettable: a testament to how transformation goes far beyond a number on the scale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316414005
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 370,227
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marisa Meltzer is a journalist based in New York who has contributed to the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York,The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. She was born in Northern California and is the author of two previous books, How Sassy Changed My Life and Girl Power.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue xi

Introduction 3

1 I Was Even a Fat Child 11

2 Is There a Typical Fat Girl? 23

3 Fat Is Just Who I Am 41

4 Sharing Is on a Voluntary Basis 53

5 We All Want Miracles 67

6 When I Fall, I Fall Hard 77

7 What Is Her Secret? 93

8 What Does Being Thin Even Mean? 103

9 The Message Is, I'm One of You 119

10 She'd Had Enough After One Bite 129

11 Thin Power 147

12 You're Visiting the Dark Side 169

13 I'm a Pusher 177

14 They'll All Be Gone by Valentine's Day 185

15 Living Off the Fat of the Land 193

16 He Broke the Social Contract 201

17 Eat, Eat-But Not Too Much 211

18 Healthy Busy work 219

19 Yes, She's Still Thin 233

20 An Inherent Distrust of Gurus 241

21 But I'm in Control of the Fork 255

22 This Tastes Sad 265

23 Losing Weight Can Be Magic 275

24 That's Progress for Me 281

Acknowledgments 287

Questions and Topics for Discussion 289

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