Stacey Chillemi: What inspired you to write your book?

Vera Tarman, MD: My own personal experience with food addiction has fueled this book. In the past, whenever I got control of my eating, I would get persuaded to ‘have just a bite’ of something, which would derail me back to eating non-stop. I would explain that I was addicted to sugar, but no one, even myself, took it seriously. When I started to do addiction medicine, I saw that I was right about my hunch. My behaviors around food had the same features as my patients who were addicts. When the research starting to indicate that food addiction exists, I knew it was time to speak out.
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