Why do SUGAR®?
SUGAR® stands for Sugar Use General Assessment Recording. We also use this acronym to remind ourselves that SUGAR® stands for “Sweet & starchy, Ultra-processed, Grain-based foods.
SUGAR® is a diagnostic tool, a structured interview that examines patients’/clients’ relationships to sugar/flour/processed foods.
SUGAR® is the only diagnostic tool for “food addiction”, but there are many screening tools (UNCOPE S, Yalescale, and others).
The instrument is based on diagnostic criteria for harmful use and addiction to mind-altering drugs described in WHO’s ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases and health-related problems) and APA’s (American Psychiatric Association) DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
SUGAR® will help you know if your brain has developed an addiction to these foods or if you have harmful use, the reason this is very important is that treatment methods are different for these two conditions.
Only certified SUGAR® practitioners are authorized to use the instrument. To become eligible, a certification/licensing education is required.