Professional Organizations

Historically, Food Addiction Professionals have been members – and attend annual professional conferences of – obesity and eating disorder organizations. They are often frustrated by the lack of knowledge and denial of food as a substance use disorder within their own profession. Recently, scientists in the field of food addiction have been bringing the latest research to major health associations, and we encourage these organizations to begin addressing the in-depth issues of food addiction treatment.

In recent years, scientists and professionals have been developing specialized organizations and conferences to educate and inform others about food addiction.

The Food Addiction Institute (FAI) founded in 2003, is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts.

The Refined Foods Research Foundation (ReFA) is dedicated to building healthier lives free from refined food addiction by preventing, curing, and diminishing suffering from ReFA and its manifestations such as obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

The International Society of Food Addiction Professionals (ISFAP), is an association of food addiction professionals committed to identifying and sharing best promising practices in the field.

Addictions Unplugged was started by Dr. Vera Tarman in 2008 because she found a need for information on addiction and more specifically food addiction. Today, the Addictions Unplugged website serves as a portal and discussion forum for medical professionals, front-line addiction workers and those affected by addiction to reach out to Dr. Vera and find out the latest information on treatment.

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, founded in 2005 by Kelly Brownell, PhD, seeks to improve the world’s diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma by establishing creative connections between science and public policy, developing targeted research, encouraging frank dialogue among key constituents, and expressing a dedicated commitment to real change.

The Obesity and Food Addiction Summit in 2009 presented the most current scientific research related to food addiction in an effort to raise awareness and understanding of this devastating disease.