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Non-Diet Approach Model

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Consent form for weight management approach

People who attend a health professional for assistance with weight concern need to properly consent for the approach which is taken. Some clients will not be ready for the non-diet approach and you must accept and respect their decision. This form has been designed to help 'set the stage' for your therapy, and allows clients to consent to either a traditional weight centric approach, a HAES approach, or the option of doing nothing. It can form part of the client record, act as a sort of pledge of the client to the approach, and can be copied for inclusion in letters to referring consultants or the client's primary health care provider. It can also be useful for clients to take home after the first visit so that they can reflect upon what they would like from therapy before the next session.  

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HAES and Eating Disorders

The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Dietitians

A How-To Guide for Applying the Non-Diet Approach in Individualised Dietetic Counselling

by Dr Fiona Willer, AdvAPD, PhD

This guidebook has the following features: 

  • A clear explanation of the non-diet paradigm with supporting evidence
  • A framework for dietetic practice using the non-diet approach
  • Description of the five core components of the non-diet approach
  • Discussion points to inform your counselling
  • Worksheets which can be used in sessions to support client education or given as ‘homework'
  • How to  integrate the Non-Diet Approach into the Nutrition Care Process
  • Relevant domains for Nutrition Assessment, Nutrition Diagnosis, Nutrition Intervention and Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Assessment tools
  • Forms to use for the client record
  • Recommendations for further reading and an extensive reference list 

The elements described in this guide were developed by taking the common threads from current weight inclusive approach research and looking at them through a dietetic lens. In other words, this guidebook includes the techniques within the scope of practice of dietitians, and excludes some elements of other protocols which lie outside of the typical dietitians practice skills, such as explicitly targeting negative self-talk, mirror work, guided mindfulness practice and meditation.  

Purchase The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Dietitians here.

For personalised PDFs of the client worksheets from the guidebook so that you can print them for your clients, please email your name, registration/provider number and the receipt number from when you purchased the guidebook to Fiona Willer:

The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook

for Psychologis​ts and Counsellors 

by Louise Adams, Clinical Psychologist and Fiona Willer, Accredited Practising Dietitian

The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Psychologists and Counsellors is the much-anticipated next publication in the Non-Diet Approach Guidebook series. 

If you have been struggling with how to best assist your clients with weight concern or if you have heard of weight inclusive approaches but haven’t been sure how to apply them or if it is useful, then this book is for you.

The non-diet approach is the distillation of established weight inclusive frameworks into counselling practice. This easy to read text is a how-to guide for applying the non-diet approach with individuals in a counselling context.

This guidebook has the following features:

  • A clear explanation of the non-diet paradigm with supporting evidence
  • A framework for clinical practice for psychologists and counsellors
  • Description of the five core counseling themes of the non-diet approach
  • How to integrate the non-diet approach into your psychological counseling practice
  • Strategies to use when working with co-morbidities
  • Multiple discussion points, strategies and client worksheets
  • Recommendations for assessment tools, further reading and an extensive reference list.

Purchase The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Psychologists and Counsellors here.

Here is a flyer about the book in PDF if you would like to share it with your colleagues.

Unpacking Weight Scienc​e Podcast

Low cost professional development resources

Want to learn in delicious bite-sized chunks? The Unpacking Weight Science Podcast provides 30-40 minute 'explainer' segments to help you understand weight-neutral perspectives, concepts and research, and to help you learn how to unpack weight science for yourself and others. Full show notes, resources and self-test quizzes included for new episodes to current subscribers. Supporting materials for older episodes can be purchased in a bundle.

Designed for health professionals, students and anyone who wants to know more than their doctor about body weight.

Other resources

Popular Books

  • Reclaiming Body Trust by Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant, a therapist-dietitian team who’ve been co-creating their Body Trust approach for over 17 years. Body Trust is scientifically grounded and greatly informed by social justice movements, liberatory frameworks, and embodiment theory.
  • If not dieting, then what? By Dr Rick Kausman, an Australian medical doctor who has spent his career working in this field.
  • Intuitive Eating: a Revolutionary Program that Works, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, Registered Dietitians from the USA who have spent their careers working in this area.
  • Overcoming Overeating : how to break the diet/binge cycle and live a healthier, more satisfying life, by Carol Munter, a psychoanalyst and Jane Hirschmann, a psychotherapist. First published in 1988, this is one of the first and greatest non-diet approach books.
  • Love what you eat, Eat what you love by Dr Michelle May, a US medical doctor who has spent most of her career working in this area.
  • Diet No More by Judith McFadden, an Australian psychologist.
Professional Books
  • Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist’s Guide to Treating Compulsive Eatingby Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel, psychotherapists from the USA.    


Resources from Ragen Chastain including a number of handouts for clients and health professionals: and 

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