After launching the Don't Go Hungry Diet,
users often told me that their biggest
challenge in eating to hunger was binge eating, compelling them to eat
regardless of whether they felt physically hungry or not.
The Don't Go Hungry Diet is a relatively gentle
approach to weight loss that may be suitable for some people with binge
eating disorders, but it does not specifically address binge eating
behaviors. Left untreated, binge eating disorders are major contributors
to weight regain.
While the Don't Go Hungry
Diet does not address binge
eating, current treatments for binge eating disorders do not address
excess weight. For example, enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
is an effective treatment for binge eating disorders, and has been
clinically proven to reduce or eliminate binge eating behaviors
(including purging). However, people carrying excess weight have
expressed dissatisfaction about their outcomes from enhanced CBT, because
- while they were able to reduce binge eating behaviors - they did not
lose weight during therapy.
To bridge these gaps, I teamed up with leading international
psychiatrists and psychologists specialized in the treatment of eating
disorders, and together we developed a new therapy for the simultaneous
treatment of excess weight and binge eating disorders.
This new therapy is called HAPIFED,
which stands for a
APproach to WeIght
Management and Food
HAPIFED takes the principles of weight loss using the Don't Go Hungry
Diet, and combines them with the clinically proven benefits of
enhanced CBT for the treatment of binge eating disorders.
We have now published and undertaken preliminary testing of the HAPIFED
therapy manual, with encouraging results.
HAPIFED therapy now available in Sydney
I am delighted to let you know that HAPIFED therapy is now available in
Sydney, led by my colleague Ginette Lenham.
Ginette is an experienced counsellor with a Bachelor of Applied Social
Science, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Psychotherapy and
Coaching. She is also a member of the Australian Counselling Association.
Ginette has extensive experience as a therapist for groups of people
seeking to improve their lives, notably addressing weight loss, mood
disorders such as depression or anxiety, addiction, grief, trauma,
relationship conflicts and other existential life concerns.
If you are interested in joining Ginette's HAPIFED therapy group, or
finding out if it may be suitable for you or someone you know, please
contact the medical clinic from which this therapy will be provided
Total Health Care
Suite 1902, Level 19, Tower One
520 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Telephone: 02 8021 12 60
HAPIFED therapy in other cities
My team and I are currently in discussion with other healthcare
professionals for provision of HAPIFED therapy in Perth, Canberra and
If you are a licensed healthcare professional with an interest in
providing HAPIFED therapy groups for your clients, please contact me.