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                                                                                                       ONE WOMAN IS WAGING HER OWN WAR WITH
                                                                                                       AUSTRALIA’S OBESITY EPIDEMIC ONE HOUSEHOLD
                                                                                                       AT A TIME, AS SHARON LUCK DISCOVERS.

                                                                                           IT’S A battle of David and Goliath proportions        years educating herself and then training as a
                                                                                           as dietitian Bridget Thompson sets out to             dietitian. “It’s wonderful to enjoy good food. I
                                                                                           change Australia’s obesity epidemic one fridge        certainly do,” she says.
                                                                                           and pantry at a time. Bridget is visiting clients        Bridget started New Leaf Nutrition and
                                                                                           at home and helping them take a fresh new             devised this revolutionary approach to food
                                                                                           approach to what they feed themselves and             training after moving to the Sunshine Coast
                                                                                           their families.                                       from Melbourne last year. She’s also working at
                                                                                              “There is so much good healthy food out            a corporate level, with employers bringing her
                                                                                           there but people are becoming increasingly            in to talk to staff in an effort to improve food
                                                                                           confused by what they hear and see,” she              habits in the workplace.
                                                                                           says. There is no “one-size fits all eating plan”,       While the corporate role gives her access to
                                                                                           and shakes and meal replacements are not the          lots of people, it’s in the suburban home that
                                                                                           solution to the country’s expanding waistline,        she hopes to have multi-generational impact.
                                                                                           according to Bridget.                                    “I work with families to devise a plan that
                                                                                              But she’s not recommending a strict diet plan      suits their lifestyle. I put a lot of energy and
                                                                                           either. “Food is more than just about eating          effort into supporting my clients as they make
                                                                                           – it’s love, it’s a joy, it’s a pleasure,” says the   the change, keeping in regular email and phone
                                                                                           woman who admits she was an overweight                contact and attending weekly meetings so
Dietitian Bridget Thompson with Billie and Mark Robinson                                   child who was teased at school. She spent             that it keeps them on track and focused on

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