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 UCONN 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.
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.