Dietitian Rehab with Joan Ifland

#008 Understanding Food Addiction

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Detoxing from dogmatic dietitian education and attitudes for a mind wide open

But first, “you must unlearn what you have learned” YODA


The idea that food can be addictive is controversial. Historically, overeating, compulsive eating and binging have been seen purely through the lens of behavioral-related, problematic eating. But when viewed through the standards of substance use disorder (a.k.a. addiction) in the DSM V, the idea of food addiction leaves little to doubt. Find out how certain foods and food processing impact the reward centers of our brains, making food addiction possible.

More about Joan Ifland

Dr. Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction since 1999. In 2018, she published her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery (CRC Press).  The textbook is the first academic publication describing how to diagnose and treat processed food addiction, as well as establishing the scientific basis for the disease.


Her current project is another breakthrough in recovery. She provides training for health professionals who want to treat processed food addiction. For those working through food addiction, Joan created the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) founded in 2018.


Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction according to classic addiction diagnostic criteria and the first scholarly definition of addictive versus non-addictive foods, Refined Food Addiction: A Classic Substance Use Disorder (2007)


Dr. Ifland earned her Ph.D. in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University, her MBA was awarded by Stanford Business School and her BA in Economics and Political Science by Oberlin College

Connect with Joan

Joan Ifland PhD MBA

Food Addiction Reset

Food Addiction Resources




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Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto based integrative and functional nutritionist and dietitian with a focus on digestive, gut, mental health.  Follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.