by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell
Read by Lisa Bunting
GENRE: Non-Fiction, self-help
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."
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.
NARRATORS BIO: 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.
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If I never met me, would I read my book?
Food Junkies: the Truth about Food Addiction: I am pretty sure I would pick up a book with that title. The cover image is also quite evocative – a plateful of glistening donuts. I salivate every time my eyes linger on the picture. I would be curious about the diet the book was prescribing. The food addict in me would be secretly hoping that whatever food plan was being promoted would allow these donuts.
Upon discovering that the book is actually about the addictive nature of foods, I would be intrigued about this new dynamic I had never really taken seriously. I would have laughed about how chocolate or chips were addictive, but would not have equated my cravings with the powerful addictive lure of cocaine or even tobacco. And the idea of never eating sugar again? That would seem preposterous. You would have to stop eating! Secretly I would worry: is it possible to live without the favorite foods that I consumed every night in front of the television?
Once I had skimmed the first few pages and scrolled the table of contents, I would be intrigued by the fact that the authors were both food addicts themselves, and that they were happy, and thin. And from what I could tell, there was no food plan or device or another program that I had to buy. So what could I lose by reading the book?
I might pick up the book… but frankly, it would really depend on if I were ready to even consider a life without sugar, donuts, creamy lattes, ice cream, popcorn. Would it be possible to enjoy such a life? Would I want to become one of those overly rigid people who were tediously asking what ingredients were in the menu? And actually pull out scales at a restaurant?
If it had occurred to me that I was struggling with my food much like addicts were struggling with their nicotine or alcohol, I would definitely buy the book. There is no book available right now that states this statement so explicitly (with scientific proof and clinical examples) and offers a solution from that vantage point. I would want to read the stories of the food addicts in the book and see who made it?
Were any of them like me? If they succeeded, could I?