Lauren Stephens

Lauren Stephens B.Sc., Grad Dip (Diet), Grad Dip (Ed.)

With over 10 years experience working in the area of weight loss/Bariatric surgery, Lauren has developed a great depth of knowledge and understanding assisting those people undergoing Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric bypass surgery.

Additionally, she was involved in the development of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) ‘Evidenced Based Practice Guidelines for the Nutrition Management of Bariatric Surgery’, webinar and road-show. She is a member of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ); at which she has both attended and presented her research. Additionally, she was a key educator in “Band Camp”, a weekend based group education program of exercise and healthy eating after Bariatric surgery.

Lauren says: “I have met many amazing clients and I can empathise with their struggle with weight loss. I enjoy working together and helping them to develop problem solving strategies to address their concerns and difficulties. My aim is to help them achieve long term success. I understand that our relationships with food are very complex, and encompass intricate cultural, social, emotional and psychological connections. Food is such a wonderful sensory pleasure and provides us with a feeling of enjoyment as well as safety and security. It is also important to recognize that our choices are significantly influenced by our work patterns and family relationships. Part of my role is to promote a healthy approach to eating and highlight how food plays a key role in the relationship between long lasting optimal health and chronic disease prevention. We require the correct balance of food to provide vitality and supply us with those essential nutrients to nourish, heal our bodies, and optimise our health and wellbeing. ‘Smart nutrition choices’ are especially important after Bariatric surgery.”