Kathy Benn - Principal BENN-efit Nutrition
Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN)
Bachelor of Health Science (Nut & Diet) (Hons) QUT
Member of Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
Member of Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS) + Dietitian Representative to the board members
Member of Eating Disorder Association (EDA)
Member of Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Kathy's clinical nutrition experience was gained through her work with public, private and rehabilitation hospitals, as well as, working with private practice clinics and corporate companies.
Specialising in eating disorders and weight loss surgery, Kathy uses her nutrition training, and the knowledge she is gaining from returning to study a Bachelor of Psychology, to help her empower and motivate patients reach their goals. In a noisy health and wellness industry with mixed messages that are sometimes not exactly evidence based, Kathy clarifies the science in easy to understand language.
Classic dietetic training involved 'nutrition prescription' where patients are dictated what to do and what diets to follow. However, with her years of experience Kathy recognises that in a community setting this approach does not always benefit the patient. Her focus is on the relationship a person has with food, supporting the long and sometimes challenging road especially after weight loss surgery, and to develop a whole new way of eating which will succeed long term.
For the majority of people, diets prove to be difficult to sustain long term. A study of four popular diets (Atkins, Weight Watchers, Zone and Ornish) concluded that only 25% of participants sustained the diet after one year. Some of the most common issues for dieting included: poor planning, misinformation, and unrealistic expectations. This can sometimes sometimes result in the 'yoyo effect', a cycle of weight loss and gain.
Kathy thoroughly enjoys helping individuals break free from yoyo dieting or restrictive practices. She can help develop a more positive relationship with food using a non-diet approach to achieve long-term goals. If a person doesn't benefit from being weighed, why do it? Weight doesn't measure a a person's effort, the changes made or a person's relationship with food. With a focus on sustainable lifestyle changes, Kathy can help you break the cycle and reach your goals.
Past community projects include writing a cookbook for the elderly and those with dementia, developing a corporate based healthy eating program, and joined forces with The City of Gold Coast to conduct cooking classes. In addition Kathy often presents to various groups on a range of nutrition topics.
In her spare time Kathy enjoys cycling, taking her dog running, participating in various events including triathlons and cooking up a storm at home for loved ones!