The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club over 27-28 September.

Joining us at this year’s conference is Dr Helena Popovic, Doctor and Educator at who will present on ‘Eat to Your Gut’s Content’.


Dr Helena Popovic

Is your gut sensitive, irritable, leaky or inflamed? Are you into prebiotics, probiotics, symbiotic or antibiotics?

Gut bacteria predict our likelihood of developing obesity better than our genes. Our bodies contain 100 trillion microbes, weighing over 2kg in our guts alone – that’s more than the weight of our brain (1.4kg)! Our microbiota plays many essential roles in maintaining health: they are crucial to how we digest food, they control how many calories we absorb, they provide vital enzymes, produce important vitamins and influence our mood and immune system. The gut is even described as a ‘second brain’ because of the 100 million neurons lining its walls from oesophagus to rectum. That’s about the same number of neurons as in the brain of a cat!

This presentation reviews the latest research linking gut health to obesity and how we can apply these findings to reversing the obesity epidemic.

Key topics of discussion include:

1. How microbes influence body weight, food choices and mental health
2. The biochemical signalling that goes on between the CNS (Central Nervous System) and the ENS (Enteric Nervous System in our gut).
3. Why different individuals can have vastly different physiological responses to the same foods.
4. How to restore our internal ecosystem.
5. How faecal transplants can save lives! Holy crapsule!

Key Learnings:
1. How the microbiome influences body weight, food choices and mental health.
2. The biochemical signalling that goes on between the CNS (Central Nervous System) and the ENS (Enteric Nervous System in our gut).
3. How to help your clients restore their gut to regain their health.


Dr Helena Popovic MBBS is a medical doctor, best-selling author and international speaker. She is a leading authority on improving brain function and is unique in applying the latest discoveries in neuroscience to weight management. Her philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication and she believes in slow ageing despite fast living. In 2016, her book ‘NeuroSlimming – Let Your Brain Change Your Body’ won the Bronze Medal in the international Living Now Awards. The award honoured Helena for her contribution to positive global change in the health and wellness category.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference and to register your place please visit






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