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 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 remains a frustrating battle.

Food Junkies offers practical information grounded in medical science while putting a face to the problems of food addiction, serving as a knowledgeable and friendly guide on the road to food serenity.

This newly revised and expanded second edition brings the latest research and 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 and Dr. Tarman's book shows how many ways there are to get help and get healed.

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 Guomundsdottir, 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 AJ, author of The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss.

About the Author

Vera Tarman

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Vera Tarman

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She lives in Toronto.