I took a while to decide on the title of my memoir and tried a few other names along the way. I decided to stick with a rather fatalistic sounding name in the end because food addiction is such a serious, destructive and pervasive mental illness and so I hope it will go some way to help raise awareness of the disease.
But why specifically suicide gene? It’s been known since the 1980s, that one particular gene is responsible for addiction and given the very high rates of suicide associated with addicts, the title seemed particularly apt. Indeed I’ve lost several friends to the disease along the way. Bulimia, binge eating disorder and ‘eating disorders’ in general are, in fact, various manifestations of food addiction because the same faulty gene has been discovered in the DNA of such individuals.