Here are posts from kids, who say they eat because they are sad, bored, stressed, lonely, depressed, angry, nervous, frustrated, or even when they feel happy. Some say they feel they are 'addicted' to foods. Here are three articles on comfort eating - 1, 2, 3 - and four videos:

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From Kayla, Age 13 - 07/01/17 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 220 lb, Today: 472 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 120 lb - When I was younger I never used to comfort eat but now that I've started high school and my weight has shot up i do it almost everyday i don't know why but I can just sit and eat non stop for hours and it makes me happy. But then I go stand on the scale and see for instance I weighed myself 2 days ago and I've gained 4 lbs since so then I go and eat while my parents are out and gain more. I don't realise how much I've eaten till I run out of food and look at the mess around me how do I stop
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From Holly, Age 15 - 12/09/16 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 182 lb, Today: 337 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - I don't know if I'd call it comfort eating, but...there's this really weird thing where I get kinda turned on when I eat a lot. It doesn't make sense to me, I'm disgusted but I want more and more...there's gotta be something wrong with me, right? Has anyone else had that happen or felt something similar?
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From Magen, Age 19 - 08/20/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 266 lb, Today: 260 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Hello all, I used to post here as a pre teen. I am proud to say between 2010 and 2013 i was down too 160... but I stopped caring and got depressed again and shot all the way back up to bigger than I ever was. Last week I stepped on the scale at the doctors and they told me I should consider surgery. My mom had that done and I know what she goes through being sick all the time.. NO thank you. I looked at the lady and said are you kidding me I lost weight before I can do it again. I am proud to report I am down 6 lbs since last week. :) My closet ranges from size 18 all the way down to 9s and I plan on fitting in those skinny jeans again !!! <3 Goodluck to everyone. If you need any help dont hesitate to message me on my school email, I check it everyday!
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From Marie, Age 15 - 07/29/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 189 lb, Today: 182 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 130 lb - Hey guys. I just wanted to make a post to encourage anyone trying tolose weight. First off I want to say that your weight is not a flaw, it does not make you a failure or less than. You do not have to lose weight to be "better", you choose to lose weight because you WANT to not because to SHOULD. Losing weight is a choice not a requirement. Also, as someone who loves to eat, realize that food is just food, nothing more or less. When you eat for any other reason than when you feel hungry, you will not be satisfied. I would eat and eat hoping I will feel better. It did, but only for a moment. When you eat only when hungry, you begin to trust your BODY to tell you when it needs food, not your brain or emotions. Even though I only lost 7 seven pounds and have a long way to go, I'm happy that I'm making progress after almost a year of being in a plateau.

From Daisy, Age 15 - 07/20/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 182 lb, Today: 188 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 130 lb - I am struggling to lose some weight cause I am addicted to food I'm fed up of +size clothes wanna lose but just keep gaining
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From Tess, Age 14 - 07/08/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 145 lb, Today: 246 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - I used to be a fine happy slim girl,like all my friends but then my boyfriend dumped my and i was so upset that all i did was eat and eat and eat. I am so big that now i have trouble walking, it is so hard for me to get around and do p.e now i am in grade 9 and i am the fattest girl in my whole grade! I don't have a boyfriend but my old one calls my names like fatty, fatso, ten ton Tessy, elephant, flabby, fatty to tar and all mean words. i try not to but i get so badly bullied, i eat. my fav food used to be pine apple but now it is chocolate. I was so embarrassed when we had weight in day at school. i was the heaviest person in the whole grade. I was so sad i ate and ate and ate. now i am so obese that i am 246 lb. that is more than my 21 year old brother and my Mom! nearly my Dad, he is 267 lb. next year, i could maybe be close to 300 lb! I NEED HELP......QUICK. i don't want to be the fat girl anymore:(
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From Kevin, Age 16 - 06/27/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'1", Start: 260 lb, Today: 270 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 160 lb - About a year ago, I was 160 pounds, ripped and in a happy relationship working out. Me and my gf broke up and I starting gaining weight. I kept eating and not moving cause I felt better and now I'm almost too big to walk right, I can't even excerice cause I'm waddling. Anyone know how to shed some of this weight? :\ help
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From Jellybean, Age 12 - 06/18/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'9", Start: 90 lb, Today: 106 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 97 lb - I eat whenever I want if I am having a bad day or a good day if iMac sad happy sad r excited I can't stop when I was 8 I went through a rough time and started eating a ton and I can't stop please help!!!

From Katelin, Age 15 - 05/06/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 150 lb, Today: 117 lb (BMI %tile: 64) - Hi - I'm Katelin. I'm 15 years old and I've not had any success in loosing weight. It feels like no matter what I do. I struggled with a severe case of binge eating disorder for 3 years. (5th, 6th and 7th grade) I was going through a lot of emotional turmoil and was beginning to see symptoms of my now diagnosed general anxiety disorder and depression. Of course, I had no clue how to deal with that, so I turned to food. I binged in between two and four times a day and all of my binges tended to exceed 1,000 calories. I quickly shot up in weight, and at my heaviest, I was 150 and 4'11, making me ever so slightly obese. (BMI 30.3)
I ended up telling my mom about the binging, (I had been able to easily hide it, because I was on a medication with a side effect of weight gain) and soon thereafter saw a therapist. It took me over a year to stop binging after... (view more)

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From Henry, Age 13 - 01/25/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 400 lb, Today: 450 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - So I binge loads when I'm bored or when im depressed and exercise just doesn't work for me I really need help I love food and hate exercise

From Alex, Age 11 - 01/11/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 140 lb, Today: 140 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 90 lb - Hello. I am struggling to lose weight.I am addicted to sweets and I've tried many diets.I once tried starving myself,but I know now its bad. I really need motivation...My parents said I'm fine.But I checked,and it said I'm obese...I need help.

From Alex, Age 11 - 01/11/15 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 140 lb, Today: 140 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 90 lb - Hello. I am struggling to lose weight.I am addicted to sweets and I've tried many diets.I once tried starving myself,but I know now its bad. I really need motivation...My parents said I'm fine.But I checked,and it said I'm obese...I need help.

From Taylor, Age 17 - 12/10/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 220 lb, Today: 234 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 135 lb - I've been struggling with my weight for a while and have turned to food as support and coping from a very traumatic event as a kid. I've been to a weight loss camp and lost 40 pounds but now i'm 10 pounds heavier than I was going in. I guess I just want someone to hold me accountable. I know that I'm capable of the weight loss but my slight binge eating disorder is a big problem. I'd love to just have some people to relate to : )

From Rochelle, Age 20 - 11/23/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 180 lb, Today: 176 lb (BMI: 31), Goal: 130 lb - Hi Guys :).. So I have been overweight since I was very young, always eating and satisfying my emotions with food and overeating. Lately I have been feeling as if I am addicted to sugar, I get really moody if I don't eat sugary foods. I have been on a healthy eating plan but it is more like a roller coaster ride. being overweight I struggle with depression and no energy at all. I would love to help motivate others on their journey as well. So is any one looking for a weight loss buddy?

From Spacemonkey, Age 15 - 11/10/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 161 lb, Today: 136 lb (BMI %tile: 75), Goal: 126 lb - I wrote here a few months ago, very depressed and still overweight. But now, things are much more different! Being overweight is one of the worst feelings in the world. After years of struggling with my weight, I finally reached breaking point and decided that I was going to change. I was sick of feeling ugly, I was sick of having low self esteem, and I was sick of wanting to avoid mirrors, thinking that I best not look in them. Now, I am 25lbs lighter and at a healthy weight. I learnt how to stop binge eating and instead deal with my emotional issues in a healthier, more beneficial way. I didn't go to a doctor, I didn't see a nutritionist, I didn't become super athletic. No, I began bike riding - anywhere and everywhere for an hour per day (up to 7 miles) - and walking to and from school (4 miles of walking per day in total.) I... (view more)
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