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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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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.

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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
Comprehensive
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
Direct
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.

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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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Exactly the diagnosis that I needed to hear

This is what you need to read when you’ve tried everything to lose weight And you haven’t been successful. Or if you’ve lost weight and continue to gain it back lose it and gain it back again

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Changed my life

A few little irritating word mispronunciations but otherwise, an absolute God send of a book. The first time I listened to this book searching for a solution to my food problem, I didn't believe sugar addiction was a real thing. after 2 years of agony and suffering, I listened to it again, I was finally ready to accept the truth. This book has solved the mystery for me and completely changed my life!!

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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

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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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If you are NOT a food addict, do not listen to this!

As a curious person, who understands how it feels (and has experienced), overindulgence, I downloaded this book.

What a mistake.

For those of us, who are healthy, yet have occasional weak moments, this book provided a negative impact.

I liken it to a manual to teenage girls who love themselves, about how to develop an eating disorder.

In sum, it’s a manual on disordered eating.

Not a guide on healthy eating.

The latter would be useful.

The former is toxic and sick.

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THE WORST BOOK A FOOD ADDICT COULD READ.

I am a food addict since I was very young. I read over 20 books about food and can tell you this is the worst book you could read.

Why ?

• It's a book anti- motivation. It won't motivate you. It will tell you that you will suffer your whole life. What addict wants to read that they will suffer all their life and this will never finish ?

• The book it's a waste of time. It wont tell you nothing. It won't tell you what to do, how to do it, or what to eat, or how to quit.
It's only talking about how wonderfull they are and how much you need their therapy.

Basically this book was written to become popular and attract new customers to their clinic. They dont have not interested to help you.

And why will I want to go to their clinic if their motto is : " You need me to finish with your addiction, and you'll suffer your whole life" ?

From the 20 books I read I recommend : Julia Ross. Two books : " The Mood Cure" and " The Craving cure". In that order.

Why ? Cause she never says " come to my therapy". She never says " you need therapy", she says "you can do it by yourself ".
She doesnt say " you'll suffer all your life and your cravings will never leave". She says " I promise you won't have more cravings and you won't suffer more for food".
She motivates you all the time to do it by yourself. And if you can't finally make it then you may need help BUT you don't have to. She tells you step by step ( really well ) how to get your life back.
I can say she changes my life. It's been a whole month eating healthy and correctly and avoiding junk food.
I learned how to eat ( yes, she teaches you how to eat, what to eat, and even put you recipes), I learned diet doesnt work. I learned I ate really bad and had so much deficit of many things like calcium and protein for example ( and was causing me PMS ).
After a month following her steps this is the first month I didn't have PMS, depression, and migraines. No paid. I had a normal period 😭.

Yes, she teaches you that eating unhealthy is causing all that. She teaches you how to finish with many sicknesses you may have: anxiety, depression, PMS. Fibromalgia, tiredness, thyroid, hormones problems etc etc etc

She didnt pay me to say this. This is my honest opinion after reading many books. And I would like to help you too because you may be interested in this book because you have a problem with the food like me. And I dont want this book to take away the motivation you have to start eating correctly.
Julia Ross, both books, are really helping me to finish with my addiction. While the other books I read don't.

And this in particular, "Food Junkies" made me cry. This is the book a food addict doesn't need to read.

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Great information!

This book was what I needed !! So glad I listened! Now to practice!!! Thanks!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

A good listen

Very good book. Insight into a food addiction that is starting to be recognised worldwide. Very well narrated.

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Not just for food addicts.

Though I'm not a food addict myself, I bought this book to learn more about the topic of addiction in general as this interests me.

Thankfully, what I learned from this book helped me to discover (by accident) that I am actually a comfort eater. I am slim and have never had a problem with my weight but this news is still welcome as it highlights a need to focus on acknowledging the feelings I'm uncomfortable with and finding a more positive way to work through them.

Overall it's a fantastic book.
The narrator reads well and has a lovely voice and the book is nicely broken up into scientific research and real life stories about addicts so that you can understand all of this from their point of view.

I recommend, whether you believe you are a food addict or are just interested in nutrition. Everyone can learn something from this book.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 04-26-18

More psudo-science

Started with a strong premise but deteriorated into psudo-science. Stopped reading when "belief in a higher power" was stated as a pre-requisit for recovery.

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  • LisaMarie
  • 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.

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  • baldwalrus430
  • 06-27-20

Fantastic read

If you are interested in food addiction, think you might be a food addict, or have had ongoing issues with food, this is the book to read. I will continue to research about this topic, but at this point I am utterly convinced that this is the way forward for me.