POSITIVE APPROACH: Grassroots Chef Asher Andrews (third from left) with (from left) Warwick Weight Crunchers president Susan Burgess and members Liz Hawthorne, Raylene Swain, Sue White and Glenis Latham at the group's meeting on February 25.
POSITIVE APPROACH: Grassroots Chef Asher Andrews (third from left) with (from left) Warwick Weight Crunchers president Susan Burgess and members Liz Hawthorne, Raylene Swain, Sue White and Glenis Latham at the group's meeting on February 25. Elyse Wurm

Shame-free Warwick weight loss group sees results

BEFORE moving to Warwick 18 months ago, Susan Burgess was living on her own in the city and had fallen off the weight loss bandwagon.

But last year alone she dropped 27.5kg and a community-run, shame-free support group in the Rose City helped her do it.

Ms Burgess is the president of Warwick Weight Crunchers, a group that's been thriving for almost two decades relying solely on word of mouth.

While their method is self-discipline, Ms Burgess said the key to losing weight was also feeling positive and supported rather than ashamed.

"We have proper weight loss scales but no one says, 'Oh you've been bad', because it's not the right thing to do,” Ms Burgess said.

"You can go away and feel bad about yourself but if you have a group that meets every Monday you build yourself up.”

The group meets weekly for a weigh- in, but they also talk nutrition and listen to guest speakers.

A couple of weeks ago Asher Andrews, otherwise known as the Grassroots Chef from Toowooomba, gave a vegetarian cooking demonstration.

Membership to the group costs just $4 a week, which Ms Burgess said was much more affordable for people than other weight loss programs on the market.

"If you're trying to do it on your own you say, 'I'll start tomorrow',” she said.

"When you have a group you stay accountable.”

Funds raised are also directed back into the community.

Ms Burgess said Weight Crunchers had donated thousands of dollars to charities over the years, including contributions to Bushkids and Lifeline.

For more information phone Susan on 0428662360.