Joan Ifland, PhD
Dr. Ifland is a food addiction professional who is active in both practice and research.
She is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction in humans and the first definition of addictive versus non-addictive foods. She was invited by Yale University to submit a chapter describing the processed food addiction syndrome in the textbook, Food and Addiction. She was also invited to submit a chapter describing the evidence for refined food addiction to Obesity, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Prevention edited by Harry Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS at Georgetown University Medical School, and Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, CNS, MAIChE of the University of Houston.
Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in 2010 at Union Institute in addictive nutrition. Her MBA was awarded by Stanford Business School and her BA in Economics by Oberlin College.
She is the chair of the Council on Food Addiction at the American College of Nutrition where she has been a member since 2007. She co-founded The Society of Food Addiction Professionals. She co-chaired their first conference on Promising Practices in Food Addiction, and chaired the second conference on the DSM-IV Addiction Criteria in processed food addiction. She consults to 12 Step food addiction groups. She is one of two authors whose books are approved for 12 Step food addiction groups.
Dr. Ifland has maintained a food addiction practice since 1999. Since 2010, she has served as CEO of Victory Meals, a prepared meal service designed to address processed food addiction. She is the author of the popular book, Sugars and Flours: How They Make Us Crazy, Sick and Fat which sold in the top 3% of Amazon books for 12 years.
Ifland, J. R. (2000). Sugars and Flours: How They Make Us Crazy, Sick and Fat and What to Do About It. Bloomington, IN: FirstBooks.
Ifland, J. R., Preuss. H. G., Marcus, M. T., Taylor, W. C., & Rourke, K. M. (2015). Food Plans in the Treatment of Food Addiction. In D. Bagchi, A. Swaroop & P. H. G. (Eds.), Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Human Health and Disease Prevention. Boca Ratan, FL: CRC Press. (In Press)
Ifland, J. R., Preuss, H. G., Marcus, M. T., Rourke, K. M., Taylor, W. C., Burau, K., . . . Manso, G. (2009). Refined food addiction: a classic substance use disorder. Med Hypotheses, 72(5), 518-526. doi: S0306-9877(08)00642-7 [pii]
Ifland, J. R., Preuss, H. G., Marcus, M. T., Rourke, K. M., Taylor, W. C., & Lerner, M. (2012). The Evidence for Refined Food Addiction. In D. Bagchi & H. G. Preuss (Eds.), Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Prevention (2nd ed., pp. 53-72). Boca Ratan, FL: CRC Press.
Ifland, J. R., Preuss, H. G., Marcus, M. T., Taylor, W. C., Rourke, K. M., & Wright, H. T. (2014). Processed Food Addiction and Cardiovascular Disease. Revista Factores de Risco, 33, 69-93.
Ifland, J. R., Sheppard, K., & Wright, H. T. (2012). From the Front Lines: The Impact of Refined Food Addiction on Well-Being. In K. Brownell & M. Gold (Eds.), Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ifland, J. R., Preuss. H. G., & Marcus, M. T. (Eds.). (2015). Clinical Practice in Food Addiction. Boca Ratan, FL: CRC Press. (Under contract)
Ifland. J. R., Preuss. H. G., Marcus, M. T., Taylor, W. C., & Rourke, K. M. (2015). Cravings Pathology in Food Addiction. J Am Coll Nutr, (Requested)
Ifland, J. R., Preuss, H. G., Marcus, M. T., Taylor, W. C., & Rourke, K. M. (2015). Commentary: Clearing the Confusion around Food Addiction. J Am Coll Nutr, (In Press)
Tsuei J, Ifland J, & Preuss H. G. (2012). Refined Food Addiction. The Original Internist, 19, 103-109.
Wright, H. T., & Ifland, J. R. (2014). Obesity Epidemic: Understanding Addiction in Managing Overeating. Behavioral Health Nutrition Newsletter, Academy of Nutrition and Diet, 32(2), 1 & 3-6.