Episode 20

Food Addiction: Is It Real? with Dr. Joan Ifland

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Even though many similarities in biological brain mechanisms have been identified between individuals with substance abuse and uncontrollable craving for food, the term “food addiction” has remained a controversial term. However, based on questionnaire assessment, at least 20% of obese patients suffer from food addiction, with the percentage going much higher with increasing BMI.

Dr. Ifland is a leading authority in processed food addiction as the lead author/editor of “Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment and Recovery” published by CRC Press. She was selected as a food addiction specialist by the Oprah Winfrey Network show, “The Book of John Gray.”  She is the CEO of Food Addiction Reset, a powerful program to help people gain control of their food. Its design is based on the food addiction model described in her book.