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Publisher's Summary

2016 Voice Arts Award Finalist

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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Thoughtful and Provocative Examination of Addictio

If you could sum up Food Junkies in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful<br/>Comprehensive<br/>Honest

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What three words best describe Lisa Bunting’s voice?

Clear<br/>Direct<br/>Neutral

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Since I relate to this topic I had to listen and digest it in small parts over time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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No Easy Fixes Here

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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best food book I ever read

finally an explanation of why people, including myself, are addicted to food and guides on how to overcome it

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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parallels are strong between food and alcohol

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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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Excellent scientific explanation of food addiction. Excellent personal account of her own struggles. Excellent description of the solution to food addiction.

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FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tammy
  • Kingsport, TN, United States
  • 06-18-17

good information

The authors did a good job of depicting many different realities people experience with addictions to food. Also presented well are the medical details in the story details of each person's own personal journey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Illuminating

Brings clarity to food addiction and it's treatment
A pleasure to listen to and learn from

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The REALITY of Food Addiction

What made the experience of listening to Food Junkies the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Food Junkies?

Touching my heart were many examples: hearing the compassionate care for a man imprisoned by his consumption of food in response to his addiction

Which character – as performed by Lisa Bunting – was your favorite?

Lisa Bunting provided a reading that captured the factual scientific evidence and the painfulness of a heartless disease.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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!

Any additional comments?

Thank you Dr. Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell for your truths.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A book that defines a problem and offers solutions

If you could sum up Food Junkies in three words, what would they be?

Well researched<br/>Compelling<br/>Recovery oriented<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

It's practical, easy to understand, makes sense.

What about Lisa Bunting’s performance did you like?

She's easy to understand but rather dry.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Looking for meaning in all the wrong places.

Any additional comments?

When a person gives up their drug of choice a drug of second choice is sometimes food and equally destructive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 02-23-17

Could totally relate

Never saw myself as a food addict before but this makes so much sense and is such a relief to have things and feelings explained that you are too afraid to voice or even comprehend what's going on.
I always thought moderation was the key - now I have better tools that the door is no longer locked.
Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-17

brilliant

a wonderfully eye opening book. I wish all treatment facilities had to read or listen to Dr Tarman before they treated any struggling addict.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful