Registered Dietitian, BSc (Hons), Weight management specialist
I’m Madeleine Hawkes, member of the Health & Care Professions Counsel (HCPC) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the BDA Obesity Specialist Interest Group, The BDA Diabetes Specialist Interest Group, Diabetes UK, the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), The Obesity Empowerment Network, the Obesity Action Community (OAC) and the World Obesity Federation.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Psychology from two world leading universities (King’s College London and University of Reading, respectively). I am also undertaking a Masters of Science in Obesity and Weight Management. I currently hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Obesity and Weight Management from the University of Chester. I have further postgraduate training in behaviour change techniques (Motivational Interviewing, BDA professional development award in Behavioural Change) and dietetic interventions in the management of obesity and type two diabetes (the Behaviour Change Training course on Obesity in adults, Counterweight Plus total diet replacement programme, specialist training in Appetite Retraining with clinical psychologist Dr Helen McCarthy and specialist training in emotional eating with clinical psychologist Dr Denise Ratcliffe). I have years of clinical experience working with individuals and groups living with severe and complex obesity, including pre and post bariatric surgery and obesity-related co-morbidities including: type two diabetes, hypertension/high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
When I was younger, I tried lots of whacky and restrictive diets to get the weight off. They would work in the short term, but as we all know, they were unsustainable and I regained the weight plus a bit more. It’s hard, really hard – I get that too. The reason my advice is so practical, and I know it works is because I have applied it to myself and it worked! I have lost over two stones and I know exactly what to do now to keep my body at a healthy weight! 🙂
I absolutely love my job; every day I get to help people who struggle with their relationship with food. I can draw on my own lived experience, along with my training, to help people identify why they eat what they eat and work with them to create a healthier relationship with food. I truly feel my job is the best in the world – I get to support people, who often feel hopeless and defeated when I meet them, to become empowered by the choices that they make and start leading happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Let’s do this together!