Several years ago, I instigated and participated in a very successful presentation on food addiction at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
When I heard about the first food-addiction conference sponsored by a medical institution, it seemed so far off, but finally related activities open today.
Here's a great rundown of food addiction as it interacts with, and sometimes substitutes for, addictions that most everyone acknowledges more easily. The writer is Dr. Vera Tarman, medical director of a Toronto treatment center.
Tweets the deserve a longer moment in the sun:
Surrendering just may save your life [RT from @wtpicketfence]
Worst marketing practice of the week: Crayons functional kids’ drinks [RT from @YaleRuddCenter]
Oh dear...!!! 8% of Brits think strawberry ice cream counts towards your "five a day" - Mirror Online [RT from @NutritionRocks1]
Not to be redundant, but to catch all my new readers up to speed, my issue is food addiction, both personally and professionally. I am a food addict, and I believe that well more than 10 million Americans are as well.
In one slight sense, it doesn't matter. My extensive experience is that when I accepted standard addiction treatments that go back decades, I started losing weight and now I've kept about 160 pounds off for almost two decades.
With results like that, who cares what they call "it," right?
This post relates to the one immediately before it, but I wanted to give it its own headline: The acquaintance between Dr. Tarman and the Acorn folks has led to a five-day food-addiction workshop at the Renascent Center in Toronto beginning Oct. 20.
To register, you can call Sandra Elia at 416-986-0006.
One way I'm trying to spread word of my book, "Fat Boy Thin Man," is by reaching out to people who have portfolios in the field, ask them to read an advance copy, and offer an opinion. This is, of course, how authors get blurbs for their back covers.