The Identification, Management and Treatment of Processed Food Addiction

During the pandemic and post-pandemic, have you, a patient, or somebody you know had the experience of standing in front of the ‘snack’ cupboard, drawer, or open fridge looking for something to eat to just take the edge off amidst this great period of stress and uncertainty? 

Have you noticed when this compelling emotion or feeling comes on? Or have you, while being in a state of heightened emotions, stress, or boredom, polished off a whole bag or bar of snacks unconsciously – without even realising it?

The pandemic has plunged the world into chaos, uncertainty, and disruption and this has had a negative impact on an individual’s physical, emotional and mental well-being.  Many have had to deal with loneliness, trauma, stress, anxiety, and loss and this has had ramifications on all spheres of an individual’s life – including the most basic aspect of sustaining ourselves – that of eating.

The marketing of ultra-processed food has proven to be a massive contribution to the global food addiction pandemic as well. In a recent piloted study on The Marketing of Ultraprocessed Foods in a National Sample of U.S. Supermarket Circulars, results have shown that these highly processed foods accounted for 45.7% of advertisements, followed by minimally processed foods at 41.2%, moderately processed foods at 8.0%, and basic processed foods at 5.1%. This study demonstrated the prevalence of advertisements for ultra-processed foods and beverages in United States supermarkets. 

The human body needs food to provide energy and nutrition. However, people can feel addicted to food when they become dependent on certain types of foods. Any food can make a person feel addictive tendencies, however, sugar and processed foods have the most significant ability to do this. 

At Nutrition Network, we have identified the need to address the topic of Addictive Eating which may occur in response to an emotion, such as stress, sadness, grief, anger, or anxiety, and are therefore launching an Addictive Eating training, aimed at medical and allied healthcare practitioners who may be treating addicted patients or clients.

We’ve brought together some of the world’s leading experts in food addiction and Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction (TCR) as a management tool, to bring you leading, flexible online learning on this topic. 

This training will allow you to become specialized in the effective screening, diagnosis, and management of Food Addiction, and the implementation of body and lifestyle transformations to break the addiction cycle. 

The renowned lecture line-up includes Bitten Jonsson, a Registered Nurse and Addiction Specialist who will be presenting on ‘Sugar Addiction Management and Tools’

Dr Robert Lustig, a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specialized in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity. Dr Lustig will expand on ‘Is Food addiction real’?

Dr  Jen Unwin, a Clinical Psychologist, will present on ‘Low carbohydrate and psycho-educational show promise for the treatment of ultra-processed food addiction’.

Victoria Webster has completed her Masters’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked in a rehabilitation center in Cape Town specializing in alcohol, drug, and sugar addiction. Victoria’s lecture is titled, ‘ Not a bad person getting good, but a sick person getting better’.

Karen Thomson is the founder of Sugar-Free Revolution and Super Sexy Sobriety, an advocate of healthy eating, and a health and wellness advocate committed to helping women heal their relationship with food and their bodies from the inside out. Karen is also the driving force behind The Sugar-Free Revolution movement. Karen will be lecturing on ‘From the darkness of addiction to the light of recovery’.

Anna Freuhling, Certified Primal Health Coach, Certified Keto Coach, and SUGAR C/LCHPC,  will lecture on ‘Progressive food planning for addiction and AID Addiction interactive disorder, relapse, recovery protection, and early warning signs’.

Tia Reid is a Certified Nutrition Network Coach Practitioner and will lecture on her ‘Personal Experience of food addiction & recovery’.

Dr Tro Kalayjian, a board-certified Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine Physician, who is the medical director and founder of Dr Tro’s Medical Weight Loss and Direct Primary Care. Dr Kalayjian will lecture on ‘The Clinical Approach to Food Addiction’.

Dr Robert Cywes, a Pediatric Surgeon with a special interest in Keto/LCHF Metabolic Management, will be presenting on ‘Understanding and Treating the Root Cause of Carbohydrate Addiction’.

Joan Ifland Ph.D., MBA, FACN, and CEO of Food Addiction Reset, is an innovator and global leader in food addiction recovery programs and is a lead author and editor of the textbook, Processed Food Addiction. Dr Ifland’s lecture is on ‘Wishful-Thinking vs Reality in the Treatment of Processed Food Addiction’

Daniel Sher is a Clinical Psychologist with special interests in neuropsychology and diabetes-focused interventions. He has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and practices online and from Cape Town.  Daniel will lecture on ‘Psychological strategies to bolster emotional regulation in the context of sugar addiction’.

Dr Ignacio Cuaranta is a Clinical Psychiatrist from Argentina. He has a special interest in approaches that consider food and its effect on the human body. Dr Cuaranta will lecture on ‘Chrononutrition and Mental Health: Learning to navigate in obesogenic environments.

This training is supportive in the following:

  • Video lectures, interviews & panel discussions, presenting
  • Physiology and scientific evidence
  • Practical clinical implementation guidelines
  • Screening & assessment tools
  • Supporting documents, including the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, reference lists, and patient education resources to use in your practice.

Who is eligible to do the course?

  • Medical professionals
  • Allied Healthcare Workers
  • Nutrition Network Graduates

Expert Lecturers:

  • Bitten Jonsson RN – Sugar Addiction Management and Tools
  • Prof Robert Lustig, MD – Is Food Addiction Real?
  • Dr Jen Unwin BSc, MSc, DPsy, FBPsS – Low Carbohydrate and Psycho-Educational Show Promise for the Treatment of Ultra Processed Food Addiction
  • Victoria Webster – Not a Bad Person Getting Good, But a Sick Person Getting Better
  • Karen Thomson – From the Darkness of Addiction to the Light of Recovery
  • Anna Freuhling – Progressive Food Planning For Addiction and AID Addiction Interactive Aisorder, Relapse, Recovery Protection, and Early Warning Signs
  • Tia Reid – Personal Experience of Food Addiction and Recovery
  • Dr Tro Kalayjian – The Clinical Approach to Food Addiction
  • Dr Robert Cywes – Understanding and Treating the Root Cause of Carbohydrate Addiction
  • Dr Joan Ifland PhD, MBA, FACN – Old Beliefs vs. New Science Processed Food Addiction
  • Daniel Sher – Psychological Strategies to Bolster Emotional Regulation in the Context of Sugar Addiction
  • Dr Ignacio Cuaranta – Chrononutrition and Mental Health: Learning to Navigate in Obesogenic Environments

Our Private Community to Help Support Your Online Learning

When you enrol in any of the Nutrition Network Online Trainings, you gain access to our private member’s community. Here you can engage with the Nutrition Network Medical Advisory Board, your course lecturers, Certified Practitioners, and other members.

You are getting all the above valuable training for an Early Bird price of just $230 which ends 15 December 2022, thereafter a normal price of $330 applies

Don’t delay and click here to enrol today! 


  1. Anthony Zhong BA, Erica L.Kenney ScD, MPH JaneDai MPH, Mark J.Soto MA, Sara N.Bleich PhD (2022) The Marketing of Ultraprocessed Foods in a National Sample of U.S. Supermarket Circulars: A Pilot Study. Elsevier

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