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KB Interview: Food Junkies by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell

KB Welcomes Food Junkies!

  1. What is something you’ve lied about?

mediakit_bookcover_foodjunkiesOh yes, I have lied about my food – the choices, the amount, the actual way I have eaten. My book Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction is all about how we, as food addicts, behave in the same sneaky and conniving way how other addicts do with their drugs. I have lied about how much I ate, what I ate, the way that I ate – often by omission, but sometimes just frank outright lies. My book is one of the first times I have admitted to some of these ‘secrets’  – those dark places that my food addiction has led me to.

  1. Who is the last person you hugged?

My partner! We try to hug daily. Though, probably I hug my dog most frequently – she gets many more hugs than anyone else!

  1. What are you reading now?

I always have a fiction and a non-fiction going simultaneously and an audible book as well. So the audible book is about the Gut, the non-fiction is called Girls and Se (about sexuality in the younger women of today), and the fiction is a crime drama – John Hart’s King of Lies.

  1. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

My editor came up with the title Food Junkies: the Truth About Food Addiction.  I loved it as soon as I heard it, since I work with opiate addicts, which we call junkies. I know that both addictions are similar on many levels.

  1. Share your dream cast for your book.

If this is referring to people who would be cast for the book, should it be a movie – Oprah! She would have to be one of the food addicts. And Ellen DE ‘Generous ‘s girlfriend, who struggles with food as well.

If this question means instead: what do I want or dream about happening for the book? My hope is that it becomes the known primer for food addiction. That all students in the social services be required to read it; that all treatment centers, personal trainers, obesity and diet clinics use this book for their work and ask that everyone read it. That every women who worries about her weight and tries to tame her food cravings with diets (that never work and just make things worse), read the book and find relief.


Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can’t ‘skim’ or ‘rush’ through the life-changing content.”




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and “comfort food” abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.

Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.


Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator.  For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.



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I’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. During the day, I teach English, and in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips.

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