Diagnosing and Assessing Processed Food Addiction

You can only treat what you can diagnose.

Treat processed food addiction as the hidden driver of diet-related diseases

Use the gold-standard DSM 5 Alcoholism Diagnostic Criteria as adapted for Processed Food Addiction

Learn the behaviors that are actually symptoms of addiction to processed foods.


Rely on the 11 gold-standard DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria to find out what's really driving diet-related diseases in your clients. 

Practitioners dread the possibility of missing a diagnosis.  They run tests exhaustively, bring in specialists, and comb through records looking for any clues as to what may be causing their clients' painful illnesses.

With new evidence from the Processed Food Addiction text book, practitioners will no longer miss the diagnosis of processed food addiction.

Each addiction has its own distinct characteristics and processed food addiction is the same. For example, nicotine addiction in smoking has a different pattern of use than alcoholism. The consequences are also distinctly different.

Because processed food addiction starts at an early age and is so prevalent in westernized cultures, it is essential to train in how to tease apart the true drivers of overeating.

Surprisingly, research shows that obese people prefer the diagnosis of processed food addiction over the diagnosis of obesity.  They feel that the addiction diagnosis suggests that the weight gain might not be their fault.  And, the  addiction diagnosis gives them hope for a pathway to full recovery.

This course will reveal how to talk through the delusion of processed food addiction with  your clients. You learn how to gently ask the right questions that will finally show clients what they've needed to see all along: that processed food have unknowingly altered brain function to create intense cravings and loss of control over food.

You will use the gold-standard addiction diagnostic criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association over 50 years of intense research. You will find a moving depth of relief in clients as they finally learn why they have been trapped in food cravings with devastating consequences.



Table of Contents

I. The Practice of Diagnosing Addictions. Find out how addictions are diagnosed according to the American Psychiatric Association. Empower yourself by expanding your knowledge of addictions to include chronic overeating. Understand why it is vital for practitioners today to be able to identify processed food addiction in their clients.

II. How to Approach a Food-addicted Client. Practitioners often only get 8 minutes with a client. Gently discussing the diagnosis of processed food addiction can put the client at ease and open the door to the joy of finally having a real answer to a lifetime of overeating.

III. Individual Characteristics of Addiction. Learn the first four symptoms of addiction including unintended use, failure to cut back, cravings, and time spent. You're on your way to treating the most important barrier to recovery from devastating diet-related diseases.

IV. The Addiction Impairs Life. See how the addiction spreads. Relationships suffer. It becomes difficult to fulfill roles. And, events are foregone. These more subtle diagnostic criteria are almost always missed in evaluating the seriousness of a client's addiction. But no more!

V. Symptoms of the addiction progress. Hazardous use is apparent. Use in spite of knowledge of consequences becomes more distressing. Clients report using greater quantities of processed foods. And, clients are eating processed foods for reasons other then hunger. Be armed with knowledge of why these behaviors are so significant.

VI. Fulfill your purpose when you accurately diagnose food-addicted clients. No more frustration thinking that you're dealing with 'overeating' or 'weight-loss' when the evidence show the presence of a severe addiction.

Click here to learn how to diagnose
Processed Food Addiction


Click here to learn how to diagnose
Processed Food Addiction

Accurately Diagnose Processed Food Addition #1. Unintended Use

It starts out being kind of funny. People report, 'I think I'm going to eat just one but I end up eating the whole box.' Processed food marketers flaunt the successful engineering of addictive properties into their products. Their ads brag, 'I bet you can't eat just one.'

Eventually people are caught up in eating the whole box every evening, for years on end. Or, people wake up in the morning promising that they'll 'eat healthy' that day but by 10 o'clock, they're in the break-room having a doughnut. Or they're going out to a restaurant intending to skip dessert but they've joined in with their friends helplessly.

Most practitioners would not recognize this as signs of addiction. The American Psychiatric Association has identified unintended use as an indication that use of an addictive substance has gotten out of control.

With this course, you the practitioner will recognize the truth behind what your clients are telling you. You can gently ask clients if they resonate with stories of people who have a picture of what they're going to eat, but end up eating significantly more, often enough to develop diet-related diseases.


Learn the 11 DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria and how to apply them to diet-related diseases.

You will no longer wonder why clients cannot follow directions.

  • See yourself breaking this news to an overeater who has never had control over food in their life.
  • Your clients will be overjoyed to learn the real reasons behind their devastating overeating.
  • Even just seeing how the first addiction criteria is showing up in people's lives will give you a sense that you finally have a grip on what's really going on with food-addicted clients.
  • Clients who finally know the truth about their overeating will visit you for annual checkups and celebrate their great blood work numbers for years.
  • Clients say, 'I would have died blaming myself if I hadn't gotten the right diagnosis.'
  • Dr. Joan Ifland wrote each of the 11 Chapter on the 11 DSM Addiction Diagnostic Criteria for the Processed Food Addiction textbook. You are working with the leading authority in the manifestation of addiction in overeating.
  • Diagnoses of self-sabotage, childhood issues, low self-esteem, are ineffectual when compared to the diagnosis of processed food addiction.
  • It may be hard for some practitioners to accept this missed diagnosis. But the Processed Food Addiction textbook only came out in 2018. You are among the first to take this training and truly help your clients.
  • If you've had any training in addictions, you'll find it very easy to gently ask the right questions and start your clients on a reliable path to recovering control over food.
  • Applying the right diagnostic criteria to overeating is like deciphering the Rosetta stone. A whole underlying system is revealed.
  • All practitioners want to 'get it right' when it comes to diagnosing. Fulfill this noble goal by applying the DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria to overeating.
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Processed Food Addiction

Thanks to three years spent writing the Processed Food Addiction textbook, Dr. Ifland is able to bring you fresh new approaches to beating diet-related diseases.



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