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 Ren, Age 23 - 05/23/23 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 182 lb, Today: 170 lb (BMI: 31), Goal: 120 lb - Whenever I'm bored, I overeat, but whenever I'm stressed, anxious, or depressed, I don't eat at all. With my boredom, I just pick out anything and everything I have or can find and just eat and eat and eat. Sometimes it's in one setting, sometimes it's throughout the day. Whenever I'm depressed, anxious or stressed, I just don't eat at all. Everything feels like a knot in my stomach, and I usually can only tolerate no calorie drinks (which I normally have drank for years now anyways), and maybe a meal replacement shake or one serving of fruit snacks. Nothing else; I would feel like vomiting it up since I'm depressed (when this happens). I don't know why I react to overeating when bored or undereating when anxious, depressed, or stressed, but I do.

From Derek, Age 16 - 01/19/21 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'9", Start: 260 lb, Today: 310 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 200 lb - Eating and weight has always been a problem for me. Despite living with just my very athletic father, I've always been chubby since I was like 8. I don't know whats wrong with me, its like I can't control myself. I just eat and eat and eat, when I'm bored, when I'm hungry, when I'm not, when I'm sad, when I'm happy. All of it. I feel like a balloon. Quarantine has been bad, I had already been struggling with my weight but the ability to freely lay around and eat all day has blown me up 50 lbs. Worst of all my dad keeps teasing me, and lecturing me. He brings me in and puts me in the scale so he can chide me for putting on any more weight. He calls me names like blubberboy, Pillsbury, fatty, tubby, marshmallow boy etc. He's always been fit, so he has no sympathy for my weight. I feel helpless, all around me are people lecturing me about my size... (view more)

From Nick, Age 12 - 05/20/20 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 197 lb, Today: 205 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - I don't know why but I eat junk food all the time when I'm bored or stressed. I feel adicted to junk food. This has caused me to gain 10 pounds bc of this virus. Can someone help me? Thanks.

From Isabella, Age 12 - 05/18/20 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 243 lb, Today: 246 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - I hate to admit it, but I comfort eat all the time. If I’m angry or sad, I can usually numb my emotions by just stuffing myself with lots of food. Even when I’m just bored and not even hungry, I’ll still eat just because. When I come home sad, eating lots of sweets or chips will make me feel better. But, my weight just keeps growing and growing, and I’m over 100 pounds overweight for my height and age. When I was leaving the bathroom the other day, I felt my hips brush the sides of the door. This makes me nervous, because I’m afraid that if I I keep gaining, I’ll soon become too fat for doorways and get stuck! I don’t know what to do, I just keep eating and getting fatter.

From ASIA, Age 12 - 09/05/19 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5.6", Start: 173.2 lb, Today: 132.4 lb (BMI %tile: 82), Goal: 32 lb - Hi my Name is Asia and i Am new at this but my story is that i am 173.2 pounds and i want to lose weigh why because i am not Happy with the way that i am and my mom says that i look got just the way i am but the real reason is because i can't fit any of my clothes now i were women clothes but i stress eat when i feel bad and i hate that i really want to lose weigh because i am going to be the homecoming Queen of my school and a Fat homecoming Queen does not look right i get bullied a lot please some one please give me some tips

From Dolly, Age 24 - 06/14/19 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 145 lb, Today: 408 lb (BMI: 62), Goal: 150 lb - Okay, it’s been two years since I’ve graduated college, and I definitely gained the freshman fifteen, and loads more. I had a scholarship for my academics, which meant that I had everything paid for, including the food bar. With the stress of exams and tests, I went from a sexy body to an ugly mound of rolls and fat. No body wanted to date me and the loneliness caused me to eat more and get fatter. Soon, I grew out of my clothes, but I had to wear them anyways because I was too embarrassed to ask my parents to clothing money because I got fat. So, I went from wearing slim glittery skirts and dresses to class to tight sweatpants and snug hoodies. My weight doesn’t show any signs of stopping, especially since I now have an office job where I sit all day. I’m kind of worried, but at least food makes me feel better.
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From Alissa, Age 20 - 03/02/19 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 325 lb, Today: 376 lb (BMI: 63), Goal: 200 lb - Need some buddies on how to lose weight. I can’t even fit into my clothes anymore. Walking is becoming a chore. I’m addicted to food
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From Madison, Age 11 - 06/14/18 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 150 lb, Today: 130 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 100 lb - does anybody have any good solutions for me? i always feel ashamed bc my dad always pinches a little part of my stomach ( where theres fat) and he says you need to get rid of that. i try eating healthy. im on a non dairy diet. i actually just started so i wont be seeing results soon. i need ways when im stressed not to go to food and sometimes i eat even when im not hungry just to get the taste. someone please help me. :(
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From Leigh, Age 13 - 05/24/18 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 21 st 8, Today: 22 st 2 (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 15 st 0 - I used to get really depressed because I'm fat, so would eat to help me feel better, gain weight, get depressed and so on. Now I feel comfortable with who and what I am and it helps. I'd like to lose weight but I no longer worry about it.  (Note: 22 st 2 is 310 lb.)
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From Luna, Age 15 - 04/05/18 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 173.8 lb, Today: 171 lb (BMI %tile: 92), Goal: 115 lb - Does anyone have any weight loss tips. I hate being overweight. I worry about it a lot, which causes me to stress eat, making it even worse. Does the “cut things in half” method really work!?

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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