Flourishing After Bariatric Surgery with Kate Berridge

For many years, we have been told that diet is the key to achieving our weight loss goals. However, recent research suggests that it is more complex. While diet certainly plays a role, it may not be the most important factor in achieving sustainable weight loss.  

In this episode, we are joined by Kate Berridge, a clinical nurse specialist in Bariatrics RNcP MN (Hons) and founder of Tiaki Whaiaro. Kate shares her inspiring story in the bariatric world. She highlights “flourishing” in the context of weight loss after Bariatric Surgery, which generally means successfully maintaining weight loss and experiencing positive growth in overall well-being. She also emphasises the importance of adopting healthy habits, such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and mindfulness practices, before undergoing Weight Loss Surgery to set the stage for long-term success. 

Take advantage of this insightful conversation on how to achieve sustainable weight loss! 

  • Kate Berridge’s Backstory in the bariatric world
  • What is the word “flourishing”, and what does it imply
  • Key habits crucial to creating long-term change before undergoing Weight Loss Surgery. 
  • What if Bariatric Surgery may not be effective for some individuals?
  • Impacts of our diet culture
  • About the food that we eat

Kate Berridge is a clinical nurse Specialist in Bariatrics RNcP MN (Hons) and founder of Tiaki Whaiaro. Kate has been a nurse for over 30 years and is Aotearoa-New Zealand’s most experienced Bariatric Nurse Specialist (Weight Loss Surgery).

She has worked with WLS patients since 2007, when Middlemore Hospital first began offering a bariatric service. In that time, she helped thousands of people with their weight loss journey. 

In 2016, she left the DHB to complete a Master’s degree, which now forms a significant part of the framework for Tiaki Whaiaro and the services her business offers. As a result of her research and time spent in the hospital system, Kate is now a passionate advocate of whole-person health. Her consults are built around each individual’s needs and are designed to enable a person to develop their own self-care strategies to lead the healthiest life that works for them.

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