By Dr. Vera Tarman, with Phillip Werdell
For the first time in history, a medical doctor and expert in the field of addictions are publicly acknowledging Food Addiction is a condition that actually exists in the face of a growing obesity epidemic. As deadly as cocaine, opiates, and alcohol, it’s time people educate themselves about food addiction which encompasses overeating, bingeing, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia.
“Sugar shares the same neurochemistry and neural pathways as cocaine” explains Dr. Tarman in her new book, Food Junkies. “People can get addicted to sugar and flour, eventually becoming as sick and depressed as an alcoholic or drug addict. This book urges us to see the impact of what we eat so that we can alter the course of this condition before more people are affected.”
Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood the issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. Built around the testimony of people suffering and recovering from food addictions, Food Junkies offers practical information grounded in medical science, while putting a face to the problems of food addiction.
Food Junkies offers:
- An exploration of the science behind food’s enticing, mood-altering effects. Why do we enjoy food so much? And how does it affect our brains?
- An understanding of how food compulsion can turn into a full-blown addiction
- Authoritative advice from an experienced addictions treatment doctor and the personal stories of people struggling with eating disorders
- Guidance on breaking the cycle of addiction and finding a new relationship with food
Vera Tarman, M.D. is the medical director of Renascent, an addiction treatment center in Toronto. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and “comfort food” abuse. She writes for Recovery Wire Magazine and is also a regular guest on Living Clean-Living Well (Yes TV), Canada’s only live, interactive television show that deals with Addiction and Substance Abuse issues.
Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at the Springfield College School of Human Services, in Tampa. He lives in Florida
The Truth about Food Addiction
By Vera Tarman, M.D.
with Philip Werdell
Published by Dundurn