The Missing Piece in Response to the Obesity Epidemic: Diagnosing and Treating Food Addiction

The Missing Piece in Response to the Obesity Epidemic: Diagnosing and Treating Food Addiction

1st Annual Food Addiction Conference Downloadable / Viewable Reference Documents Food Addiction Treatment – Background Chart – Normal Eater, Emotional Eater, Food Addict Food Addiction Progression and Recommended Actions Compulsive and or Binge Eating Brochure (UMASS) Resource Sheet – Emotional Eating, Compulsive / Binge Eating and Food Addiction Keynote – Food Addiction Treatment: A Missing… Continue Reading

Food Addiction Treatment for the Impaired Professional

Food Addiction Treatment for the Impaired Professional

Phil Werdell Presents “Food Addiction Treatment for the Impaired Professional” at the University of Florida The University of Florida (UF) Gainesville invited Phil Werdell to speak Wednesday, March 20 during their Continuing Medical Education Grand Rounds lecture series at the Florida Recovery Center. Phil’s lecture, “Food Addiction Treatment for the Impaired Professional” was webcast live… Continue Reading

Fat is Not a Feeling

Fat is Not a Feeling

“I’m feeling fat.” How often have I said that to myself? Usually I follow that statement with a litany of everything that’s wrong with the way I eat. What I do with food, how “bad” I was when I ate (fill in the blank), that I must change how I eat so I can lose… Continue Reading

Principles of Recovery

Principles of Recovery

Below is a list of Principles of Recovery by ACORN Food Dependency and Recovery Services. If you already have a food plan that works, i.e. one on which you have been abstinent 30 continuous days without cravings, don’t change it. If you need a food plan, find a person with strong abstinence and ask them to… Continue Reading

Levels of Denial

Levels of Denial

Food addicts experience denial at different levels: inability to distinguish between hunger and the false starving impulse of physical craving, confusion between sane thinking and the false rationalizations associated with compulsions regarding eating, and distortion of will and sense of self in relationship to food and life as a whole. Before we look at each… Continue Reading

A Food Plan as a Spiritual Tool

A Food Plan as a Spiritual Tool

Diets vs. Food Plan In the long term, diets do not work for compulsive eaters and food addicts, but we still need a way to give structure and support to our physical recovery. Since we have become powerless over food, a food plan must be used in a spiritual context. Thus, a food plan is… Continue Reading

The Phenomenon of Craving (False Starving)

The Phenomenon of Craving (False Starving)

A food addict is distinctly different than a normal eater or an emotional eater. A food addict has a chemical dependency like an alcoholic or drug addict. Specific foods or food in general can trigger a process of physical craving. The food addict often thinks this is hunger, but it isn’t. It is more like… Continue Reading

Anorexia & Food Addiction

Anorexia & Food Addiction

© Phil Werdell, M.A. The common image of food addicts is that they are overweight. A majority of those for whom the disease of food addiction has progressed certainly are obese – and/or morbidly (i.e., life threateningly) obese. Yet there are many food addicts who are a normal weight. Some of these healthy looking food… Continue Reading