Obesity Training for Health Professionals by ACFED – The Australian Centre for Eating Disordersacfed

A recent study by the University of Sydney (2016.) identified a new system in the brain and suggests that artificial sweeteners may just be making us fatter!

The study says:

“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Associate Professor Greg Neely from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science.

“Through systematic investigation of this effect, we found that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed.”
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Obesity can be a complex issue for health professionals to assess and treat, and new research is constantly exposing more and more of that complexity.

Our 3 Day Psychological Approaches to Obesity course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing.

We take a non-diet approach to treatment and concentrate instead on equipping people with skills and solutions they need. Our approach encourages individuals to reject weight and shape goals and to concentrate instead on health behaviour change and body acceptance.

The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.

You will learn about

  • The mechanics of weight gain and weight loss
  • Maintaining factors, a model for treatment
  • Hunger and appetite in obesity
  • Relationship issues, self-sabotage and collusion
  • Mindset of obesity
  • Emotional and comfort eating
  • Body image interventions
    and more…

You can join us for this course in:


5th to 7th September 2016
Level 8, 500 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000


14th to 16th November 2016
Level 11, 300 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Early Bird Discount ends 3rd October 2016 – save over $200


5th to 7th December 2016
4/146 Marsden St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Early Bird Discount ends 24th October 2016 – save over $200

For more information visit www.acfed.com.au or phone 0421 747 129 and speak with Allison.