Food Junkies


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 perspective 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 remains a frustrating battle.

This revised second edition contains the latest research as well as practical strategies for people facing the complicated challenges of eating disorders and addictions, offering an affirming and manageable path to healthy and sustainable habits.


Are you one of those people who thinks food addiction isn't real? Then you might be what Dr. Vera Tarman describes in her new book as a food junkie! I was addicted to sugar and other processed carbohydrates over a decade ago and found my way back to health and recovery thanks to some basic lifestyle changes that made me whole again. Dr. Tarman walks you through all the necessary steps to make that happen for you, too. Addiction is real, but it's not inevitable. Grab back control of your health now!

Jimmy Moore, author of Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity

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

This book will help many people with every kind of eating disorder — they all start with the same premise.We who eat too much, too often, and who find ourselves fat, miserable, bulimic, unhealthy, or just wanting to lose 20 pounds before Christmas are in the same boat. Dr. Tarman’s book shows how many ways there are to get help and get healed. My own solution — through the twelve steps of GSA — presents the approach that has saved my life — that we — all of us, just alcoholics — are allergic to sugar, grains, flour, wheat, and corn — yes, all grains! — the same ingredients that are in alcohol. Avoiding these foods and eating three weighed meals a day and nothing in between can lead you to find the last house on the block, which is a mansion!

Judy Collins, singer, songwriter, and author of Cravings: How I Conquered Food

Dr. Vera Tarman aptly takes the science of sugar addiction and draws a convincing clinical profile of the sugar/food addiction syndrome. With plenty of clinical scenarios, Dr. Tarman illustrates and explains the various stages of food addiction. She then shows how food addiction recovery is possible and sustainable in the long term. Food Junkies is a must-read for patients, students and clinicians interested in addiction medicine and/or obesity management.

Dr. Nicole Avena, research scientist and assistant professor at Princeton University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Why Diets Fail: Because We are Addicted to Sugar

Dr. Vera Tarman brings together in this book knowledge of physiology and the brain, experience of treatment for addiction and sensitivity to the nature of food addiction. She takes us through the process of understanding, enlightenment, and finally hope.

Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir, Director of INFACT International School for Food Addiction Counselling and Treatment

As someone who regularly treat patients suffering from food addiction and someone who has recovered from it, Dr. Tarman is the quintessential expert on food addiction. This book is a must-read for anyone struggling with a food addiction.

Chef A.J., author of The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss.

About the Author

Vera Tarman

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Vera Tarman

Vera Tarman, MD, MSc, FCFP, ABAM, is a specialist in addiction medicine. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Vera lives in Toronto.