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A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addiction 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.
©2014 Vera Tarman with Philip Werdell (P)2016 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
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Food addiction creates a situation where many who suffer, find themselves alone and without good advice. In Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction by Vera Tarman and Philip Werdell, they provide not only practical advice, but a host of narratives where those that suffer from food addiction can gain the confidence to break the cycle of addiction. The central tenet of the book is that to combat overeating, one must treat overeating as an addiction and the book works to validate that, often opposed, contention. While addictions in alcohol, drugs, and other substances sometimes remain often as problems others have, all of us eat food. This book provides solace and a talking center for what seems an obvious issue, but is not talked about much. If overeating is a genetic disorder, then there would be great value in parent talking to child and child talking to parent in a way that’s meaningful.
Those who are food addicts, or at least overeat, will recognize many parts of the book will resonate with them from digging food out of the trash after throwing it away to the denial that comes with the disorder. The narratives clear, telling a story, making an important point, but some go beyond what one might initially expect is a book of clinical explication. From the introduction, the authors make clear there are three audiences: the clinician, the patient, and the layperson interested in the subject and speaks clearly to all of them. The parallels are strong between food and alcohol addiction and the analogies and metaphors vivid. The only small idiosyncrasies about the book came from the editing, from time to time a veteran clinician will recognize some points that aren’t quite right such as hearing “pharmakinetics” instead of “pharmacokinetics.”
While it may seem an odd companion, The Bitter Taste of Dying: A Memoir by Jason Smith, narrated by Paul Costanzo, provides a strong narrative “next read,” I feel to this book about overeating and addiction. While The Truth About Food Addiction goes over the stages of early, middle, late, and final in the food addiction circuit, as one would expect of a clinical narrative, the book also goes very dark, it goes to the places the textbooks won’t – to stories of failure, rape, hopelessness, and death. These are more than stories of success and failure, these narratives are the real sadness many would be uncomfortable sharing, but the important real solutions that come from this candid and important discussion.
About the narrator
Lisa Bunting is a veteran narrator providing both the gravitas and clarity that the book needs. She is an easy listen and provides the narrative strength to capture both the emotion and teaching that come from this book. It seems a very good match between content and speaker. Her voice is assuring, while not being pushy, as many readers are looking for encouragement, but a firm hand to help guide them. Her voice lends that hand.
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Food Junkies is a unique book so I'm not sure what I would compare it to. It is full of information about food addiction and what it is, how the brain is involved, personal stories and what to do if you are struggling with overeating. The entire book resonated with me. I felt validated in my experience, understand that my addiction isn't my fault, and hope about how to deal with it.
The performance was fine.
Food Junkies would make a fantastic documentary.
I am so grateful for this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks that they may have a problem with over eating.
Most enjoyable for me were scientific research, the clinician's experience personal and professional, and the stories of people who know what substance use and abuse look like when sugar or grain or fat is the substance of abuse.
Touching my heart were many examples: hearing the compassionate care for a man imprisoned by his consumption of food in response to his addiction
Lisa Bunting provided a reading that captured the factual scientific evidence and the painfulness of a heartless disease.
Thank you for sending a light house warning into the seas with so many millions ready to crash on the rocks of food addiction! The simple solution: abstinence from the offending/offensive/triggering substances. This solution has been offered to alcoholics for over 80 years. It is time for food addicts to receive the good news!
Thank you Dr. Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell for your truths.
It examines a disease which has been long misunderstood, shamed and ignored with honesty, clarity and careful consideration of research as well as the authors' personal and professional experience.
No. Since I relate to this topic I had to listen and digest it in small parts over time.
I struggled with my weight and food addiction for a good part of my life. Until, I accepted that I was addicted to foods with sugar and flour. Once I gave up those binge foods, I lost over 100 pounds and live in recovery.
Dr. Vera Tarman is the only MD who really gets me and understands the way out.
I really appreciated Dr. Tarman's vulnerability in admitting her own struggles with food addiction.
I enjoy the different patient stories throughout the book, I could see myself in each of them.
Harvey was my favorite character. He was able to quit his crystal meth use by substituting sugar for it. He was quoted as saying “food is much worse addiction than crystal meth”. This is very eye opening.
When I realized that I have to radically reconsider how I view certain foods, and come to the understanding that sugar and flour are poison in my body, and could slowly rob me of a life and would eventually kill me
To quote Food Junkies "Addiction must be treated as a chronic condition; it has to be treated, managed, and monitored over a lifetime. People who are addicted must learn the tools to keep their urges in check and apply those tools on a continuous basis”.
For anyone who is a food addict or anyone who loves or cares about a food addict this book is a must read. It had my attention right from the first chapter. I related to many of the characters in the book.
I have been struggling for 45 years. came close to figuring it out a few times but never quite nailed it until now. Words cannot express my gratitude for this book. Thank you
An interesting and engaging book and perspective. After hearing it, I realize that being addicted to food is a spectrum. self awareness of where we fall in this spectrum is essential to healing. Dr. Tarman makes a compelling case for abstinence from trigger foods, not a popular stance to take. Great book, glad to have read it.
Listening to Food Junkies is focusing, calming and a great learning. The mixture of science with real life stories provides hope and healing for those struggling with food addiction.
The reader's calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing.
The audible version of Food Junkies brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't "skim" or "rush" through the lifechanging content. Would highly recommend the book Food Junkies as a resource to go with this audible. As an administrator in a drug and alcohol treatment center, Food Junkies has been recommended to many due to it's clear message of addiction and hope.
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