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Food Addiction: the Hidden Saboteur of Workplace Productivity

Employers lose billions of dollars each year when workers take time off due to illnesses directly related to obesity: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, even depression. Dr....

Part I: 12 Steps To Beat The Odds, Abstinent Food Plans

By Dr Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD. MSc. CFCP, ABAM   Talk about discouraging. An online article about a study published last month by the American Journal of Health carried this disheartening headline: “Most Obese People Will Never Reach Normal Weight: Study.” The...

Part II: 12 Steps To Beat The Odds, Abstinent Food Plans

  By Dr Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD. MSc. CFCP, ABAM   Beating the odds to loose and keep the weight off is pretty challenging. Commercial and professional diet programs are helpful in the short-term, but long-term results are dismal. The reason? The addictive...

What to do for the food addicts who need help now?

By Dr. Vera Tarman February, 28, 2015   When Phil Werdell, director of Acorn Food Addiction Institute, knocked on the door of the DSM-V committee to propose that food addiction be included as bona fide psychiatric diagnosis, he was turned away. Although he came...

What the Research About Food Addiction Says

How can people possibly recover from food “addiction” given that they have to eat? This is one of the major points of contention used to invalidate food addiction as a disease. Food addicts are forced to use the very substances that get them “high.” How can that be a...

Book review of Food Junkies!

FOOD JUNKIES: THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD ADDITION By Stacey Chillemi I found this book to be very informative and motivational. Packed with informative information on how to prevent, treat, and overcome food addition including a beautifully written epilogue empowering...

Exclusive interview with Dr Vera Tarman

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...

Addicted to food – Maclean’s

"Addicted to Food, A Memoir" by Vera Tarman, Macleans, January 11 2015 ‘Like many university students, I had an obsession with weight and food. Today, as a physician, I can see my favourite foods were like...

From the FIX – Food Addiction: It’s Not An Eating Disorder

The FIX Q&A with Vera Tarman about her book Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction By Jowita Bydlowska  11/25/14 “I drink pop all the time. It’s like I’m addicted to pop now,” I remember someone telling me after I got sober almost 10 years ago. She said that...

No Silver Bullet: Medications for Food Addiction and Obesity

There are still no medications available that are very effective for either food addiction or obesity. Here is a typical list of medications for people who are being treated for eating disorders or obesity or food addiction. You will see that all have some efficacy...

Ask Dr. Tarman – How Can I tell if I’m Addicted to Food?

Question: How can I tell if I'm addicted to food, or just enjoy eating? Are all people who enjoy eating "addicts"? Answer: This is a very good question. Enjoying food is definitely not the same thing as being addicted to food. Our brains are wired to enjoy food - that...

What does a Food Addict Eat? A Diet vs a Food Plan

What is the Difference? Which do We Recommend? By Dr. Vera Tarman and Signe Dewar   “You can't stop all foods!” This is the first response of the food addict who is searching for a healthy way to eat. What kind of diet must I follow? What is the menu plan? Is it...

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