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Book Review: Food Junkies – The Truth about Food Addiction


In this easy-to-read highly informative book, the authors explain in great detail the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspective of medical practitioners and many survivors.

They also touch on “new” diseases of bulimia, anorexia and the danger of embarking on “fad diets” that trigger high doses eight loss, but once abandoned, sauce weight gain, often more than the weight that was lost. The authors state that obesity is similar to gambling, alcoholism, smoking, and illegal drug use.

The science is presented in a unique fashion by anecdotal evidence interspersed with medical facts.

Both authors take the reader on to a harrowing journey, in which he/she meets men and women, who binge, purge, starve, overdose on laxatives, and engage in other senseless and fruitless efforts to control their weight.

In most cases thee naïve individuals try pills, surgery, psychotherapy and many other imaginative but mostly unsuccessful means.

You will meet individuals who are drug addicts in addition to being food junkies, as well as those who weigh more than 250 kilos, and cannot even leave their bed to go to the toilet.

There are also people who after many years of unsuccessful attempts find a way to permanently control their unending fight successfully by discipline and faithful supporters.

Even if you are on a diet plan, it is important to have supporters who watch your progress or failure. If you seem to fail, supporters will try to direct you to the right track.

It is important to point out that modern western food industry, especially the American food processors, encourage consumers constantly advertising their highly refines products that often lead to addictions.

Government agencies know that highly processed foods are full of sugar, flour, fat, and salt and cause many to become addicts yet choose to remain silent, as these industries employ a large number of people, invest in new equipment, and advertise all over the country. All these economic activities contribute to the GDP, but essentially harm those who become regular junk food consumers.

Giant convenience food processors spend millions on lobbying experts and marketing specialists to prevent legislation that may harm their sales.

It is a vicious cycle, and consumers must be educated to avoid highly processed foods laden with salt, hydrogenated fats, and refined carbohydrates.

Food is essential to survival, but consumers need correct information to make intelligent choices. This book does just that!

Highly recommended.

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