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 melanie, Age 16 - 05/30/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 135 lb, Today: 150 lb (BMI %tile: 92), Goal: 125 lb - so it always happens to me that over the summer i lose like twenty pounds because all i do is work out. but then the school year starts and i get stressed and i eat. and then the fall swim team season ends and i no longer get exercise, but i kepp eating like i would when i work out (4,000+ calories a day) and then i start putting weight back on. i hate it. so i was looking forward to this summer thinking that i will lose weight again, but i don't think i can do it anymore. im sick of exercising and i love dessert. im trying to make an effort to be better but i kepp slipping up. does anyone have any advice on staying motivated, or any fun exercises i could use to switch up my routine of swim, run, bike, weight lift?
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From Maya, Age 13 - 05/25/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 254.2 lb, Today: 254.2 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Before I start I think I just threw up (not really) ... My god I am over weight. Now to begin (sorry about that). I am a 13 year old girl about to enroll in high school and you know all the drama starts there. I have been gaining weight since I came to the US from Hong Kong, China. My problem is that I eat when I am stressed, depressed, and also (this might be unusual) as a way to keep me up at night so I can finish homework... Almost like coffee (although I don't drink it)... Any way I really have been trying to make an effort to stay healthy and get slimmer... in fact I am going to a weight loss camp this summer. Also I LOVE fruits and vegetables so there is no problem there. As well as that ever since my mom left (not for ever just for 4 weeks) I have been loosing weight. my dad says its because shes almost like a crutch, always there trying to help- almost pampering (which I... (view more)

From Jess, Age 16 - 05/14/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 195 lb, Today: 159 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 130 lb - Nooo I don't know what happened today, I just felt awful emotionally, I skipped school and went to the mall and bought a burrito and a big bag of chips and came home and ate it all :(
then I ate supper with my dad (fish & chips) and THEN I started eating cookies.. I ate an entire row before I realized what I was doing.
I started looking up the calories and the chips alone were 1300.
I know tomorrow is a new day but I feel so terrible right now!
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From Heather, Age 17 - 04/28/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 198 lb, Today: 165 lb (BMI %tile: 89), Goal: 125 lb - hey everyone, i have a problem with controlling my eating im getting to the last fourty pounds of my weight loss and i can work out like no bodys buisness, i run at least twice a day but when it comes to eating i cant control myself, even when im not hungry i eat and ill even be saying what are you doing your not hungry but it doesnt seem to help does any one have any tips to try?
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From Audrey, Age 15 - 04/28/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7.5", Start: 179 lb, Today: 179 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 150 lb - Well I promised myself that I wouldn't ever weigh as much as I do. I have wanted to be skinny for a long time, but whenever I am bored I eat. When I am really stressed I eat A LOT! And everytime I always get really mad at myself. Two years ago I had everything uner control and I lost 20 pounds, but it all came back and for some reason I just can't control it now. All I want to do is eat. Please help!
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From bAILEY, Age 10 - 04/17/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'9", Start: 115 lb, Today: 115 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 80 lb - Hi i have been over weight for as long as i could rememer.i eat when i am bored what do i do
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From scarlett, Age 17 - 04/13/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 184 lb, Today: 179 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 110 lb - ugh, it is seriously so hard to lose weight. I was so good for like 1-2 weeks, and then i went to my ITALIAN mothers house, and ate a lot and feel bad about it now. it's like i'm addicted, and i really don't want to be. she always has so much food, and it's so hard to ignore it! and then i got lazy and i haven't worked out in a couple days. i've been pretty upset about a lot of personally things. i really think it's my weight that's making me feel so down. i mean, i am so mean. and i have NEVER been mean like this, ever. i know it's not an instant thing, but i want to start a healthy diet NOW. so that i don't keep putting it off and wasting more time. i'm EXTREMELY lucky though because i didn't gain any of the weight back. but does any one have any pointers for me? anything they do when they get a craving, or feel like giving up.. or just feeling lazy, and end up not doing anything? any advice would help :) thanks.
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From scarlett, Age 17 - 04/03/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 184 lb, Today: 184 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 110 lb - i was always a really thin kid. i wasn't stick skinny, but i was thin. from about 12-14, i got really fat. and i hated it. when i was 15, i lost so much weight. i was about 120 pounds. i didn't even exercise, it just randomly came off. i'm now 184 pounds. i was NEVER this big. and i hate it. I know, if I wanted a change, I'd make it. But, it's easier said than done. And people who struggle with weight, know exactly what I'm talking about. So gimme a break. I'm NOT saying I'm a victim! I'm miserable. I'm not trying to make people feel bad for me, but I wish things would change.
If I'm sad, I eat. If I'm mad, I eat. If I'm happy, I eat. I've tried dieting so many times. I'd lose weight here and there, and I'd be good for a couple weeks. But then I'd indugle in really bad food one day, and then it would all come back, and I'd gain it all.
I went to the park today, and had a... (view more)

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From Jenna, Age 17 - 03/24/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6.5", Start: 224.5 lb, Today: 221.5 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - I fell off the wagon, and I fell hard guys :( You've all been so supportive and posted loads of tips, and that really helped but I just got the urge to eat and eat. I can remember being 182 and thinking I was enormous and that I'd never let myself get fatter.. How I would love to be back at 182 now! I'm trying hard to get myself back on track though and have lost 3lbs so far! But I have a HUGE problem with snacking at night time, like while I'm watching TV and stuff, anyone got any hints to help me stop doing that?
Love and luck, Jenna x
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From Katie, Age 16 - 03/21/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 245 lb, Today: 248.2 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 212 lb - so i have gained 0.8 pounds and not happy. Im Reaching 250 ugh.. i know why ive been gaining i've been emotional eating because i found out someone close to me has a brain tumor and isnt doing well so im scared and stuff,.

From Carly, Age 12 - 03/08/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
I'm twelve years old. My whole family on both sides are really overweight. My mom was the only healthy one. But after she had me, she really started packing it on. I was never overweight. When I was little, people would always comment and say that I was skinny, and I have always been the tallest girl in my class. Plus, I am extremely athletic and play just about every sport I've ever heard of. But last winter, I started to stay home alone after school, and I would just eat so many snacks that I gained about 30 pounds in three months. But in the summer, I was playing outside more and two thirds of it melted off by June. This winter I knew it would happen again, but despite that I gained it all back. I'm really glad I found this website. The tickets tip is great, because usually I just eat because I'm bored, and this way I can eat healthy and get more exercise. I am proud to announce that I have lost 10 lbs. with it so far! Thank you!

From Magen, Age 14 - 02/26/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 226 lb, Today: 210 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 120 lb - well hello im Magen im 14, and this is my story!
It all started when i was in 3rd grad i started getting big! Mom usd to call it baby fat,........ well even then i new no 8 year old should weigh 90 pounds! Well 4th n 5th grade rolled around n hell a whopping 150 pounds! I remember crying every night b/c kids used to whisper when i walked by! i mean i had tons of friends n i still do but there always was that one group who always picked on me n i punched the one girl in the face! well anyway there goes 6 n 7th grade hello 236 pounds omg! My docotor put me in a weight study n i lost 26 pounds! well now im at 210 n i need to lose this weight to prove i can do it! I emotionally eat well my dad kinda dont bother with me since he left my step mom linda now his new girlfriend dont like me she told him hes not allowed to see me! that puts a large amount of preasurre n it makes me turn to food for comfort! Well my goal is 120 pounds n i will do it i can do it if anyone want to help me email me ill help you if you help me! :) we cAn do it together!
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From Nicholas, Age 14 - 02/17/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'1", Start: 278 lb, Today: 278 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 278 lb - My Name is Nick... I aspire to become a firefighter and EMT... I weigh 278 pounds! I am a comfort food eater... I tend to be very depressed when i think About certain things... I have two parents who are both divorced, but they have been for a while and im ok with that... But my father had left me a couple of years ago and he left for three years and four years ago he pops onto the scene... (IDK Y) and now i can feel him slipping up again and i think he is gonna leave me again... So you guys who have things like this really6 shouldnt worry... for the longest time i thought my parents break up was on me and that weighed heavy on my mind, but thats ok... you guys just need somethign to get you pshyched up about losing it... TRUST ME!!! I know you can do it, it is a matter of will power and strength, and without that you will fail... look i know how it feels and i am virtually on the... (view more)
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From Isabella, Age 16 - 02/11/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 200 lb, Today: 200 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Hey. Im Isabella. Im new. I am 5 4 and 200 pounds. Im 16 years old. Im a huge emotional eater, and I really need to lose weight. I want to lose 50 pounds. I dont have a time limit, I just want to lose it eventually. Although I am going to L.A. this summer, so it would be nice to close to that weight for that. :) One of the hardest things about losing weight for me is the fact that I live in the middle of no where, so that means no gym, and I have an extra class in place of my lunch at school, so I usually grab something from our vending machines..... very unhealthy, so that presents a daunting task. I really need support to do this!
(PS: Goal 1: 195 by March 1)
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From Erica, Age 15 - 01/17/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 240 lb, Today: 240 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 170 lb - Hey, I'm Erica. So I completely forgot about this site for a couple years. I haven't been on in 2 or 3 years, and I realized from looking at my old posts that in that time I've gained at least 60 pounds. I've tried on and off to lose weight and it's just not working. I'm so addicted to food, I don't know what to do. In the past year or so I've also gotten into the terrible habit of ordering take out when no one else is home... secretly, of course, because I order a ton of unhealthy food. So because of this I've been gaining a lot of weight and spending so much money. I just don't know what to do anymore. I went to the gym with my mom for a few months but now probably haven't been in over a year. I'm barely exercising and eating a ton. I just don't know what to do anymore. Does anyone have any advice? I'm just feeling really stuck. Thanks.
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