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Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction Paperback – November 15, 2014
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For all those who have struggled with weight loss and failed, here is a wise book that applies the addiction model to food. Tarman tackles the neurobiology of pleasure and the epidemic of obesity, and makes sense of both. With a no-nonsense approach, Tarman offers a thoughtful, groundbreaking exploration of a subject that plagues the majority of readers. (Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of the bestselling Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol)
About the Author
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 Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
A self-proclaimed food addict herself, Dr. Tarman asserts that food addiction is not that dissimilar to compulsive gambling, alcoholism, smoking, or illegal drug use. She states that "treating food additions requires that the addictive agents--the foods that serve as triggers--be identified and terminated." Tarman goes on to say that when food addicts relapse, "they are taking the `tiger out of the cage.'" This is tough advice to swallow, since most individuals, ranging from the mildly overweight to the morbidly obese, do not relish saying goodbye to cake, candy, ice cream, soda, and potato chips. Unfortunately, the case studies in this book indicate that, for certain people, doing so may be a matter of life or death.
"Food Junkies" takes us on a harrowing and unforgettable journey, in which we meet men and women who binge, purge, starve, overdose on laxatives, and engage in other fruitless efforts to bring their weight under control.Read more ›
For a long time I've been saying "If only I could just quit eating!" I felt addicted.
How else could I explain my episodes of what I thought of as self-sabotage? I can accomplish goals but I always fell back into the eating-everything-in-sight rut.
I think gaining the understanding of how addiction works is a huge advantage. I learned a lot reading Food Junkies and I'm looking forward to having the insights from this book serving as an "ace up my sleeve" as I face my addiction head on.
After years of being angry and frustrated with myself, reading Food Junkies made me feel sane again. I feel like I've got a fighting chance.
I can only imagine how many lives will be touched and change by this book.
You don't have to give up food, but you can give up your triggers.
It is a nice book all together.
Food Junkies shed a much-needed light on what I had discovered throughout my own journey as well as that of many of my clients. I now have a very clear understanding of what stands in the way of the food addicts conscious desires to eat a healthy diet and lead healthy lifestyles. It was SO validating to hear a professional echo my sentiments that "it's not about willpower".
Food Junkies will always have a place on my bookshelf and I'm sure it will be well-worn as I lend it to clients that need to understand the nature of their own biochemical addiction to food. Forever grateful...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could never diet for too long because it always felt like deprivation. I was constantly hungry and waiting for my next chance to eat something (which I did all day long). Read morePublished 3 months ago by TheChad1104
The best book on food addiction I've read yet - and I've read many! This is the most up to date book on the topic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a recovered compulsive overeater and psychotherapist who worked with people struggling with addictions and compulsive behavior, I am always in search of resources I can pass on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phillip B. Ziegler
I grew up with two food addicts, and in my work in weight management I work with so many of them. Vera Tarman has written a wonderful gem on the subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great information about food addiction. there were many helpful stories of success stories and lots of non success stories as well.Published 5 months ago by diana simpson
Excellent and thought provoking book . We definitely need to be addressing this problem of sugar and food addiction.Published 7 months ago by Zipporah Livneh
As someone who has struggled with binge eating for many years, I was eager to read Food Junkies. Although I had seen comparisons between binge eating and addiction before, I have... Read morePublished 12 months ago by meg