Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery

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

CRC Press
Published February 9, 2018
Reference - 462 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498719964 - CAT# K25520

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Features

• Presents evidence for the neurological basis of addiction to processed foods

• Organizes evidence for addictive properties of processed foods

• Describes the evidence that processed food addiction conforms to the DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria

• Demonstrates how to use the Addiction Severity Index in the assessment of PFA

• Adapts addiction and eating disorder practice guidelines to PFA for both adults and children

Summary

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.

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