Mary Holroyd, founder and chairman of the Weigh-Less weight loss program, died on Friday 27 October at the age of 76.
This news was confirmed on the program’s official Facebook page on Tuesday.
“It is with deep sadness that Weigh-Less announces the passing of Mary Holroyd, our esteemed founder and chairman. Mary, a visionary leader and a pioneer in the health and wellness industry, died peacefully of natural causes at the age of 76,” reads the entry on Facebook.
Holroyd founded Weigh-Less in 1975 at the age of 28 and lost 29kg himself through it. Her first official Weigh-Less group was founded in Durban with only eight members and today has branches and groups across the country, as well as online groups for international members.
“While the loss of Mary is deeply felt by all who knew her, her family is determined to carry on her legacy and continue the work she started. They are committed to maintaining the values and principles that were close to her heart to ensure that Weigh-Less remains a beacon of hope and support for those seeking a healthier lifestyle,” the company said in an official statement. said on Holroyd’s demise.
The Holroyd family further asked that they be granted privacy to process their loss and encouraged members of the Weigh-Less community “to continue to pursue their health and wellness goals.”