Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction by Vera TarmanFood Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction by Vera Tarman

Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction

byVera TarmanAs told byPhilip Werdell

Paperback | November 15, 2014

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A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addictions doctor who draws on many patients' stories of recovery.

Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia: Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? Is it possible to draw a hard line between indulging cravings for "comfort food" and engaging in substance abuse? For people struggling with food addictions, recognizing their condition - to say nothing of gaining support and advice - remains a frustrating battle.

Built around the experiences 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. It is meant to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide on the road to food serenity.
Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.Phil Werdell is a r...
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Title:Food Junkies: The Truth About Food AddictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.61 inPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Informative I bought this book to help overcome some of my reoccuring unhealthy food choices. Having just quit smoking I found myself eating more and more and was scared that I was replacing my nicotine habit with the also dangerous habit of overeating fatty, processed foods. I have to say that so far this book has helped me make changes in my diet with its brutal honesty on overcoming food addiction just as someone might overcome an addiction like nicotine. You MUST completely cut out your vice. There is no sugarcoating (pun intended) in this book. It is not the most exciting read, but if you are ready to make a life change and learn about food addiction and how to overcome it this book is a great start. I gave it 3 stars because although this book was very informative with scientific background and other people's stories, I wished it had more coping strategies, diet recommendations, or some sort of game plan on how to get through the detox phase. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK! Finally - Shedding Light on a REAL Solution to a REAL Addiction I was researching food addiction, came across the title "Food Junkies" and decided it was a book I needed to read. 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.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK! Finally - Shedding Light on a REAL Solution to a REAL Addiction I was researching food addiction, came across the title "Food Junkies" and decided it was a book I needed to read. 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.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, a book that treats food addiction like an addiction. Dr. Tarman does what no other book on “out of control eating” has the courage to do; outline a solution that is based on abstinence from the trigger foods. These triggers are sugar, flour, and fat. If your response is, “But we have to eat!”, of course we have to eat. We don’t, however, have to eat a Mars bar and our brains weren’t designed to either. That’s too much sugar all at once for the brain. Just like some people can never safely drink just one alcoholic beverage without intense cravings for more, more, more, some people can’t safely consume just a bit of sugar (or products with flour, which is just a few minutes from being converted to sugar) without binging — the cravings are too intense. Cravings and the incessant thoughts around them go away if the brain is not constantly being fed the triggering substance. This book discusses the neurological science of addiction and why abstinence, backed with a support system, is the solution, even if the substance is food.
Date published: 2014-12-28

Editorial Reviews

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 Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol