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 Carissa, Age 16 - 08/01/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 260 lb, Today: 254 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - Im sixteen and have struggled with my weight ever since I was about 5 yrs old. I started dieting when I was in the fourth grade. At first I dieted by myself and then In fifth grade my mom took me to weight watchers with her... I failed. After that My weight kept balloning. In sixth grade I got weighed in gym and was so embarassed my weight was 200 lbs. I felt lyk a failure which caused me to gain more weight. By eighth grade I was 225 lbs so I asked about going to a weightloss place. I lost 14 lbs but gained them back plus more during school wich put me at about 242 and then up and up. At the end of tenth grade I was at 264. Then my mom took me to The Metabolic Weightloss center. She heard this program catered to teens. So we went and my first weight was 260 I had lost 4 lbs in a few weeks before going for my first visit. then I went on the profast program which is a liquid diet.... (view more)

From ashley, Age 12 - 07/28/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 99 lb, Today: 165 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 100 lb - Yes i know its a lot and i don't know what to do my bros had grown up and are abusing me i eat for comfort i can't help myself
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From Jennifer, Age 16 - 07/27/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 211 lb, Today: 223 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - I've eaten sooo much and gained 2 lbs!!! :-((( I'm feeling awful. When I'm bored, I eat... What can I do? Please help!!!!
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From Brittany, Age 14 - 07/24/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 179 lb, Today: 176 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 135 lb - Ok well this summer is pretty ok its just know that Im home alone with my sister I get soo bored that I eat. I don't want to but i just stroll into the kitchen and have something in my hands. I've been walking with my mom for like 4 miles a day and im just starting swim team. Do you believe Im gonna lose some inches on my waist from swimming. Theres just nothing to do know for 3 weeks because I have no way of getting there. Any tips on how to stay out of the kitchen?
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From ashley, Age 12 - 07/10/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 139 lb, Today: 135 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 110 lb - Hey guys I'm really stressed today i'm having a pool party at one im cleaning like and crazy and im crying because I invited 7 people 3 never called 3 canceled and only 1 for sure is coming:( well what im getting at is i just ate a donut and coffee! im such a pig im afraid to look at the scale!! any tips?
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From zayra, Age 16 - 07/07/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 235 lb, Today: 225 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 118 lb - Hi their my names zayra and yes i am obese. I weigh in about 225 less than what i use to weight 235 but my highest was 245 my goal is 118. Well this is my story, When i was a little girl i wasint that fat i was ok for my age. But i had some family problems and well i consoled my self with eating. Food became a habit to me fried food, greasy food, chips, candy, soda anything you name it. So u c i never really learned how to eat healthy at a young age.
So as i got bigger i got taller i got fatter and yes the teasing begaN the your so fat jokes began by middle school i was 140-180 i got teased a lot about it but i would fight back i wasint the quiet step all over me type id mouth them right back whenever they said something mean and thats how i got friends really good ones that stick up for me when ever they felt that i was feeling low.
so when i got to... (view more)

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From Ashley, Age 12 - 06/24/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 139 lb, Today: 135 lb (BMI %tile: 91), Goal: 110 lb - ok so I eat when im bored or depressed (which is 99.9% of the time) but school just ended and im already missing my friends and especialy my crush:( any ideas so im not as depressed?

From Emily, Age 11 - 06/22/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'10", Start: 149 lb, Today: 149 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 110 lb - I EAT! I EAT A WHOLE LOT! It is usually always when I'm borred! When I get borred, my stomach tells my brain that I'm hungrey, so I go and eat! I am usually always hungrey, but I want to loose the weight!

From Bri, Age 15 - 06/20/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 200 lb, Today: 196 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - uh today sucked! My brothers friend has been staying here and my sis who is skinny is always joking about how she's fat and they think it's HILARIOUS! Anyways i was so upset i bought a mountain dew and a pack of peanut M&M's. Anyone have a better way to deal with being upset?
-Much Peace N Luv
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From Kira, Age 12 - 06/11/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 125 lb, Today: 125 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 100 lb - I can't stop eating when im bored! and im really unmotivated, any tips or help? PLEASE POST IT!
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From miranda, Age 16 - 05/28/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1.5", Start: 201 lb, Today: 200 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - ok yeah well obviouslly i just started today on losing weight.when is was younger i was the cute kid i was healthy and everything.when ever i got into the third grade my parents got divorced and in the fourth my dad that time i became depressed and i would turn to food and we lived with my mamaw and she has realy good food and she dont let you go hungry.but anyway its hard enough having people from school say things about you when you walk down the hall but its even worse when you cant hardly go to your grandparents cause everytime they say "why cant you be skinny and pretty like her" or "you would be so much prettier if you wasnt so big" what am i hideous
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From Mandy, Age 18 - 05/26/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 195 lb, Today: 195 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 130 lb - Ok so i have always been overweight growing up, but recently ive been a little more then just overweight and have been gaining a lot in a short amount of time. Ive always been ok with being bigger i guess but now it really sucks that i cant even fit into clothes i got for chirstmas. I definatly eat when i am bored, like i will eat a small snack while watcing tv, and then like every commercial i get up to eat another small snack. But lately it seems to be taking a bigger toll on my weight then usual. which is also making my appetite bigger because im gaining weight and being able to eat more. I am planning on going on a diet soon but dont know how to cut out my snacking habbit. its like a part of my daily routine almost to snack all the time but still eat large amounts at meal time. advice? anyone in the same boat?

From Ellie, Age 13 - 05/10/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 163 lb, Today: 142 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 125 lb - You know what I figured out?
It might sound stupid, but it's the closest i've ever come to an epiphany. Ok, here it is;
I was thinking to myself, wow, i'm really fat. I can't even fit into the shorts I just got. That's really actually very depressing.
Then, I had the sudden urge to go get a fudgsicle, even though we had just had lunch 10 minutes ago and I was really full. Right after I thought that, it hit me. I wasn't hungry. That was my epiphany. Eating isn't supposed to be meant the way that overweight and obese people use it. It's not some kind of coping mechanism, it's a way of keeping your body ALIVE. Not your solution to boredom or like me, being fat. So, I've been thinking lately before I pick up a piece of food, Am I hungry? Do I really need this, or am I just bored or upset?
It usually works :)
Like I said, might sound crazy but It's... (view more)

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From Madi, Age 17 - 05/10/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 286 lb, Today: 286 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 180 lb - Im having such a hard time. I just got worse news about my health and its becoming too much for me to handle. It just makes me want to eat more.
Im very frustrated and tired. I dont know where to start....
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From Mel - 05/07/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My Story---and My Advice
I am a twin. I have a twin brother. Both of my brothers are really athletic and such, and they've managed to keep a decent weight. Not too flabby, not too muscular. But my dad, my mom, my sister and I have some how ended up overweight...Of course this is because we refrain from tons of physical activity.
My parents don't buy lots of healthy food, and it gets hard to find something healthy to eat. Yeah, they buy wheat bread, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, milk etc... but it's the tempting stuff that you notice...the chips, chocolate, soda, left-over takeout etc... I think that if my parents had bought healthier food when I was young I don't think I would've ended up this way...I wouldn't be an emotional eater...Now I know it's not fair to blame them...but sometimes it seems like the only reason I ended up this way...that and they've knocked... (view more)

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