Wendy has a degree in Dietetics, is HCPC registered (www.hcpc-uk.org) and a member of the British Dietetic Association. With over 25 years working in her field throughout Northern Ireland and further afield she has experience in a wide variety of conditions. However over the last number of years she has been specializing in Diabetes and Obesity.
Overweight and obesity are on the rise in Northern Ireland. Key findings of a local health survey for 2013/2014 showed that 61% of adults here were either overweight or obese an increase of 5% from the 1997 survey. Obesity has been linked with many diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Heart disease and some cancers.
Everyone starts out with good intentions but often when faced with hunger or emotional issues they slip back into their old habits and any weight lost is regained. So what is the best way to lose weight?
Newry Clinic Dietitian Wendy Murray states that one of the most important things anyone can do to ensure success is to plan; successful life-style changes are successful because of good, clear planning.
Wendy continues to say that when planning it is important to first establish the reasons why you want to lose weight as this is your motivation to keep going. Equally important is planning how to get around the obstacles that will slow down or prevent your weight loss e.g. In order to save time you have takeaways, instead by planning ahead you could cook bigger meals at the weekend, and freeze, for during the week.
Alongside the dietary information she uses behaviour change techniques to help clients make adjustments. Wendy also has expertise in delivering group education and structured patient education and believes that often clients can find these approaches very successful. Other areas she has clinical expertise in include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, coeliac disease and elderly nutrition.