Food Addiction Books

This book helps food addicts understand how to develop new habits to overcome the addiction.  Forming new habits is an essential step in the process of healing. This books shows us how.

Hunger Fix by Pam Peeke

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

Dr. Mann does a masterful job of describing the prominent role of cues in food decisions. This is an outstanding description of how and why to avoid food cues in establishing sane food choices. However, Dr. Mann appears to be unaware of the harmful effects of processed foods as she longingly hopes that astronauts take toxic processed foods with them to Mars.

This is a brilliant book about how the food industry manipulates us into eating toxic foods through flavors. Schatzker leads readers through the maze of research showing that animals as well as humans can be deceived into eating a harmful food because of the addition of chemically concocted flavorings. It reinforces the idea that we should avoid buying anything with a label. This book should also reassure food addicts that we have been manipulated into eating addictive foods and that our addictions are not our fault.

Food Politics: by Marion Nestle 

Fat Chance by Robert Lustig

Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

Kharrazian takes us on a tour of the many ways in which the brain can deteriorate. Fortunately, he also shares how to heal the brain. For food addicts who are realizing that processed foods are associated with 'brain damage,' this book offers explanations and encouragement that we can heal.

The Natural Fat Loss Pharmacy by Harry G. Preuss

Grain Brain:

 by David Perlmutter

Linn's knowledge of how children and parents are manipulated by commercialism is extensive. Commercial interests deliberately drive a wedge between sensible parents and children by teaching  children how to nag parents for branded products. This book will give parents the courage to shield their children from harmful commercial exposure.

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Intuitive Eating

Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn

Born to Buy

by Juliet B. Schor

Why Isn't My Brain Working?: by Dr. Datis Kharrazian 

Marian Nestle is a pre-eminent scholar in the field of how the food industry exploits the public. The book is a classic explanation of why the food industry is allowed to prey on the public with adulterated processed foods. There are important lessons for food addicts in this book. Primarily, food addicts will gain an understanding of why the food industry is allowed to condition the brain to crave to the point of addiction. Knowing that government is complicit in the development of food addiction can help persuade us food addicts that indeed, development of food addiction is not our fault. Knowing that government is not preventing the disease helps food addicts believe that its' possible that the food industry is allowed to harm us.

This is an important book for food addicts for the simple reason that it tells us how to tell stores.  When we can tell our stories, we become powerful.  So telling stories about what happened to us allows us to move past our past.   Telling storeis about how we would like to be allows us to control how we move into the future of our choice.  Duarte tells us how in beautiful language and diagrams.  

This is an early classic in the effort to explain how the food industry manipulates the public. Dr. Brownell has served as the chair of the Psychology Department at Yale and is now Dean of Public Policy at Duke University.

Fat Politics

 by Eric Oliver J

Is This Your Child? by Doris Rapp

The End of Overeating by David Kessler

Dr. Preuss is considered to be the world's leading authority on supplements for weight management. This is a very handy reference for supplements that could be useful for stabilizing blood glucose early in recovery from food addiction.

Ending Medical Reversal

Editionby Vinayak K. Prasad MD MPH 

Secrets from the Eating Lab:   by Traci Mann

Although this book seems to have been written in a stream-of-consciousness style, David Lustig has written a masterpiece showing how sugar and high fructose corn syrup affect people. He has an in-depth command of the research on this topic and weaves it into a convincing portrayal of an industry which has lost its moral bearings. This is a classic in the field.

Dr. Rapp has done a tremendous job of showing how children's behavior can be profoundly affected by allergic reactions. Every parent of a child with behavioral disorders should have a look.

Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton

Ms. Shor has taken a thorough approach to revealing the barrage of commercialism that children endure in the United States. Parents will want to understand how commercialism harms children. Caregivers in general will be motivated to protect their children from commercialism.


This well-researched book stands as a definitive classic on the topic of the harmful effects of caffeine.  For any caffeine addicts who wonders if it's worthwhile to give up this drug, this is a valuable book.

This book is very memorable. Michael Pollen shows us how dreadful and unnecessarily inhumane food production methods are in the United States. He shows us farm methods that are considerate of animals. Because animal protein helps stabilize food addicts, this is a valuable book for us.

For food addicts, this well-researched book helps us understand how we came to have food addiction. It looks at the ruthless nature of the food industry neuroscientists who design products that stimulate cravings while thwarting the natural satiation mechanisms in the brain. This book should persuade anyone who doubts that the food industry has deliberately addicted the public.

Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen

Wheat Belly  by William Davis MD

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

This book confirms and broadens what we know about the addictive properties of processed foods. Dr. Lustig explains our behavior by linking it to science. This really helps us understand and forgive ourselves, as well as focus our recovery on what works.

Dr Perlmutter is the only neurologist who is also a member of the American College of Nutrition. He explains in clear detail how processed foods harm the brain. And, how medications such as cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals can damage the brain. This is an important book in understanding how dangerous gluten is to brain function.

Treatment of Complex Trauma

This book shows that our genes are responsive to environment. Our genes do not determine our fate. Our environments do.

This book will help motivate food addicts to develop protective recovery programs much earlier in the development of food addiction. The authors make a convincing argument that even if an over-eater only meets a few of the DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria as adapted for eating, they should begin avoiding addictive processed foods. This is very wise advice.

Knowing about the science behind food addiction helps you take effective actions to protect yourself from the disease. Thousands of studies create a picture of a devastating, serious mental condition associated with chronic processed food consumption. Fortunately, research shows that a program of avoidance of addictive processed foods, with food cue avoidance, brain repair, and expert support can create success even when many misguided 'weight-loss' approaches have failed.

Caffeine Blues
by Stephen Cherniske

The Gene: An Intimate History Editionby Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Power of Habit

by Charles Duhigg 

Pandora's Lunchbox
by Melanie Warner

This is courageous book by a former FDA commissioner. While at the FDA, David Kessler took on the tobacco industry and suffered from their resulting smear campaign. He points out how the food industry is similarly engaged in systematic public deception around food products. Although the word 'addiction' does not appear in the book, Kessler does a fine job of showing us how the food industry hooks us.

This is basically the history of how scientists realized that they could employ science to manipulate us into buying stuff we don’t need, even stuff that would harm us. It’s also the beautiful story of a friendship between two psychologists, one of whom won the Noble Prize for their work. Great stories ranging from France in WWII to the birth of Israel to the academic institutions of the west coast of the US. Totally fascinating.

The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert Lustig

The Cigarette Century by Allan M. Brandt

This book explains why getting into a relationship with a kind, conscientious person could turn around your life and your eating. Finally, an expert therapist explains the adult behaviors that indicate the presence of adverse childhood experiences. And, how to use these behaviors to determine that a kind, caring relationship could heal. Finally, a leading therapist shows that plowing through childhood events is not the key to recovery from trauma, rather it is the caring shared in a therapeutic relationship.

This book shows the possibility that weight-loss was useless even though doctors recommended it.

This was an early classic in the field of food addiction. Nancy Appleton pulled together the research to show the harmful effects of sugar. Today, we know that the recommendation to use wheat flour at the end of the book is not a good idea for food addicts. Otherwise, the book is still a persuasive look at the toxic effects of sugar.

This book describes in chilling detail how the tobacco companies addicted millions of adults in the 20th Century. This book is very important to understanding the business practices of the food industry. As is generally known, the tobacco industry bought major corporations in the food industry starting in the mid-1980s. The tobacco executives taught the food industry the business practices described in this book. The ruthless marketing of processed foods to children, easy availability, cheap prices, heavy advertising, and reinforced addictive properties in the product have all been passed down from the tobacco industry to the food industry. This is a compelling read. Dr. Brandt is a professor of History and Science at Harvard University.

This is a terrific expose of the role of American industry in promoting the 'obesity' epidemic. Oliver debunks the myth of fat tissue as a health crisis. He shows the role of unregulated capitalism in the spread of chronic overeating and the failure of government regulation to help the public. This is a logical and well-informed book. For food addicts, it will help answer important questions about how we developed chronic overeating and why we rely on groups of like-minded people to put chronic overeating into remission.

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Almost Alcoholic

by Ph.D. Joseph Nowinski PhD M.D. Robert Doyle MD

Dr. Davis does a fine job of covering the extensive dysfunction that gluten spreads through humans. Of special note is his explanation of how elevated gluten levels came to exist through a program of hybridization to make wheat more productive. If you've ever wondered whether gluten may be causing problems in your system, this is a great book for you. Please ignore the diet advice in the back of the book. After nailing the harm of gluteomorphins, Dr. Davis illogically recommends eating the casomorphins found in dairy.

Food Fight

Kelly D. Brownell