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Food junkies : the truth about food addiction
Tarman, Vera Ingrid, author.
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Toronto : Dundurn, 2014.
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251 pages ; 23 cm
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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.

Author Notes

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner with a speciality in addiction medicine. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. In workshops and speaking engagements around the world, Dr. Tarman teaches about the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She lives in Toronto.
Phil Werdell 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. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
This Book, Bite Size: Our Message to Youp. 13
Chapter 1 Eating, Eating, Eating: What Is the Problem with Me?p. 22
Chapter 2 I Just Like to Eat! - Eating and Overeatingp. 28
Chapter 3 Sugar Makes Me Happy!p. 38
Chapter 4 So, What Exactly Is Food Addiction?p. 45
Chapter 5 Are You a Food Addict?p. 61
Chapter 6 The Food Fights: Addiction or Eating Disorder?p. 74
Chapter 7 Lawrence: The Tragic Story of a Food Addictp. 85
Chapter 8 Stages of Food Addictionp. 95
Chapter 9 Food Addiction: The Great Saboteurp. 110
Chapter 10 For the Anorexicp. 120
Chapter 11 Hitting Bottom: I Need Help!p. 132
Chapter 12 What Do I Do Now?p. 146
Chapter 13 First Things First: Stopping the Foodp. 159
Chapter 14 Switching Addictionsp. 178
Chapter 15 Freedom Tastes Great! - Finding Food Serenityp. 191
Epilogue: A Happy Ending, One Day at a Timep. 205
Acknowledgementsp. 209
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 242