Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.
Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “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 life-changing content.”
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Food Junkies Audiobook Reviewed by Felita Daniels
8 hours and 21 minutes
This is not just another eye grabbing headline on the magazines at the checkout counter. Losing 10 pounds by bikini season, or getting into that evening gown is not what this audiobook is about.
This work is written by a medical practitioner and the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute. And though it is packed with serious information, it isn’t dry or textbook. The narrator had a calm, clear voice and she was respectful of the material.
I was most interested in chapter 3 since it is all about sugar. I’m still trying to get a good handle on my diabetes. Chapter 4 discuses what is a food addiction and five gives you questions to self-evaluate your situation. Clarifying the difference between a food addiction and an eating disorder is covered in Chapter 6. You must wait until Chapter 12 to learn what to do if you feel these matters pertain to you. There were times when listening to the stories they give about other people and their situations started to make me impatient. But I understand they should lay the foundation of their research and its importance.
This isn’t a simple diet book. If you suspect that your relationship with food is a little more serious than needing to lose five pounds, this book may be of considerable interest to you.
About the Authors
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 has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.
Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.
About the Narrator
Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator. For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.
Vera Tarman: Goodreads
Phil Werdell: Goodreads