The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club on Thursday 27 – Friday 28 September.

Joining us as a Keynote at this year’s conference is Peta Stapleton, PhD from the School of Psychology, Bond University, Robina, Australia who will present on ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka Tapping) for Food Cravings and Weight Management: 10 years of Clinical Trials’.

Dr Peta Stapleton


Obesity is rapidly increasing worldwide, with an estimated 13 percent of adults (i.e., above the age of 18) being clinically obese and 39 percent being overweight (World Health Organisation, 2014).  Existing weight loss interventions recommend a combination of dietary restraint and physical exercise, which is unsuccessful in the long-term as they do not typically target the psychological determinants linked with overeating (Anderson et al., 2009; Sojcher, Fogerite, & Perlman, 2012).  This presentation will highlight 10 years of clinical trials on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or “Tapping”) for food cravings and weight loss in overweight/obese adults.

EFT is a brief novel intervention combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. Ten years of research has shown EFT to significantly reduce food cravings, the subjective power of food, anxiety, depression and somatic symptoms, increase restraint ability and decrease weight, and remain significant at 12-months (Stapleton et al., 2011, 2012, 2014). It has been shown to be comparable to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for restraint and the subjective power of food, but superior for food cravings and anxiety (Stapleton et al., 2016). Delivered in an online format, EFT results in identical outcomes (12-months post treatment) as attending in person (Stapleton et al., 2017).  New research has examined participants’ neural changes (fMRI scanning) before and after EFT treatment, and scans will be presented during the presentation.


Dr Peta Stapleton has 22 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University. She is the Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program, and an active researcher. See Peta’s research page at Bond University for publications.

Peta is well known in her area of specialty and is consulted for radio, television and print media interviews for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours including the Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for research into women’s issues, the American Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research in energy psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, the Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence, and the greatest contribution to the field of Energy Psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (USA).  Peta is a Gold Coast Business Events Ambassador for Gold Coast Tourism, and in 2015 was named the Gold Coast Women in Business – Woman for Change Winner.

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