Obesity and eating disorders have stubbornly refused to respond to treatment since the 1990’s. This book organizes the evidence for a possible answer, i.e., that the problem could be one of addiction to processed foods. In a Processed Food Addiction (PFA) model, concepts of abstinence, cue-avoidance, acceptance of lapses, and consequences all play a role in long-term recovery. Application of these concepts could provide new tools to health professionals and significantly improve outcomes.

This book describes PFA recovery concepts in detail. The material bridges the research into practical steps that health professionals can employ in their practices. It contains an evidence-based chapter on concepts of abstinence from processed foods. It rigorously describes PFA pathology according to the DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria. It applies the Addiction Severity Index to PFA so that health practitioners can orient themselves to diagnosing and assessing PFA. It contains ground-breaking insight into how to approach PFA in children.

Because the book is evidence-based, practitioners can gain the confidence to put the controversy about food addiction to rest. Practitioners can begin to identify and effectively help their clients who are addicted to processed foods. This is a breakthrough volume in a field that could benefit from new approaches.

section 1|118 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

Overlap between Drug and Processed Food Addiction

ByJoan Ifland, Pamela M. Peeke

chapter 2|12 pages

Neurodysfunction in Addiction and Overeating as Assessed by Brain Imaging

ByRandall J. Ellis, Michael Michaelides, Gene-Jack Wang

chapter 3|18 pages

Neural Vulnerability Factors for Overeating Treatment Implications

ByEric Stice, Zack Stice

chapter 5|10 pages

Sugar and Fat Addiction

ByKristen Criscitelli, Nicole M. Avena

chapter 6|30 pages

Abstinent Food Plans for Processed Food Addiction

ByJoan Ifland, Harry G. Preuss, Marianne T. Marcus, Wendell C. Taylor, Kathleen M. Rourke, H. Theresa Wright, Kathryn K. Sheppard

chapter 7|12 pages

Mindfulness Therapies for Food Addiction

ByMarianne T. Marcus

section 2|186 pages

Diagnosis and Assessment

chapter 8|16 pages

Diagnosing and Assessing Processed Food Addiction

ByDennis M. Donovan, Joan Ifland

chapter 9|10 pages

Assessment of Food Cravings

ByAdrian Meule

chapter 10|10 pages

Case Study Severe Processed Food Addiction

ByNatalie Gold

chapter 11|8 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 1 Unintended Use

ByJoan Ifland, H. Theresa Wright

chapter 12|10 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 2 Failure to Cut Back

ByJoan Ifland, Diane Rohrbach

chapter 13|12 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 3 Time Spent

ByJoan Ifland, Elaine Epstein

chapter 14|18 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 4 Cravings

ByJoan Ifland

chapter 15|12 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 5 Failure to Fulfill Roles

ByJoan Ifland, Carrie L. Willey

chapter 16|14 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 6 Interpersonal Problems

ByJoan Ifland, Robin Piper

chapter 17|10 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 7 Activities Given Up

ByJoan Ifland, Rhona L. Epstein

chapter 18|14 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 8 Hazardous Use

ByJoan Ifland, Jennifer M. Cross

chapter 19|8 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 9 Use in Spite of Consequences

ByJoan Ifland, R. Sue Roselle

chapter 20|14 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 10 Tolerance

ByJoan Ifland, Carrie L. Willey

chapter 21|12 pages

DSM 5 SUD Criterion 11 Withdrawal

ByJoan Ifland, H. Theresa Wright

chapter 22|16 pages

The Addiction Severity Index in the Assessment of Processed Food Addiction

ByJoan Ifland, Kathryn K. Sheppard, H. Theresa Wright

section 1|150 pages

Recovery from Processed Food Addiction

chapter 23|14 pages

Introduction to Recovery from Processed Food Addiction

ByJoan Ifland, Douglas M. Ziedonis

chapter 24|20 pages

Premises of Recovery for Adults

ByDouglas M. Ziedonis, Joan Ifland

chapter 25|14 pages

Avenues to Success for the Practitioner

ByDouglas M. Ziedonis, Joan Ifland

chapter 26|20 pages

Adaptation of APA Practice Guidelines for SUD to Processed Food Addiction

ByCarrie L. Willey, Joan Ifland

chapter 27|8 pages

Preparing Adults for Recovery

ByJoan Ifland, Robin Piper

chapter 28|14 pages

Insights from the Field

ByJoan Ifland, H. Theresa Wright

chapter 30|32 pages

Strategies for Helping Food-Addicted Children

ByJoan Ifland

chapter 31|6 pages

Conclusion Nurturing the Sapling

ByJoan Ifland, Harry G. Preuss, Marianne T. Marcus