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 courtney=D, Age 14 - 11/03/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 209 lb, Today: 209 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - Well, today i started out strong but it started to go on a sprial at lunch i was still really hungey...i did a really bad thing and ate chotlte chip top tarts then ugh well i got home being home alone man lets just say i did not good. I just feel so bad im addicted to food! It makes me sad and pissed off at the same time. I did excerise today, i walked did pe and rode my bike. Can you guys give me some tips on how not to eat when ever i feel like it? plz..i don't know what to do anymore
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From Caitlin, Age 16 - 11/03/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 1,452 lb, Today: 144 lb (BMI %tile: 84), Goal: 125 lb - Hello my name is Caitlin and i believe i am overweight...i completly hate it...everyone i no is so skinny and pretty but anyways my boyfriend left for millitary training and the day he left i started crying and eating now all i do is sit around the house and eat...i use to make myself sick but i stopped doing that now i am trying to loose weight a healthy way. IF anyone has ways to help me please e.mail me at or Thanks ~Caitlin~

From Flower Fawn, Age 15 - 11/02/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Hey Amanda! I didn't realize we have the same goal, lol! ;) Anyway thanks so much for your positive comments, I'm glad I inspired you (though I'm note quite sure why) lol. Well here's the deal. In Feb 2006 I was at my highest wight ever: 184 lbs. Then I got f***en sick and tired of it so I bought the book The Diet for Teenagers Only, which actually taught me very valuable information about being healthy. So I was happy and I had gotten down to 163 last summer (2007) and then some really, really, really bad things happened in my family -- parents always fighting, mom always working, money problems, stress. It was hell, and I was so upset all that time that I ate constantly so by September 2007 I was back up to 178. Then I stayed the same but when back tao all my old habits, and then by September 2008 I was 182, and I cracked. I knew how to eat right but I was still eating crappy... (view more)

From Justin, Age 16 - 10/18/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 298 lb, Today: 298 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 175 lb - can someone help me? people always make fun of me cauze i got man boobs that shake- it really sucks. What shoudl i say to them because it really hurts me and then i eat more and get even fatter
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From Jessica, Age 15 - 09/19/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 195 lb, Today: 195 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - I need help, and information on what can really acually help me lose this extra weight. just last year i started gaining and gaining. & i dont understand because i dont sit and stuff my face with bad food. i even gain weight when i dont eat; and it just all makes no sence to me. i need something that can acually help. i need to lose about 40-50 pounds to be in the range i want to be in. i dont know what wrong with me. im rly athletic, so i dont know how i weigh this much. i guess its from depression bc my mom has just got cancer, so i have been gaining like crazy. people help, i dont want to be like this anymore!
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From Amanda, Age 19 - 09/11/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 225 lb, Today: 167 lb (BMI %tile: 81), Goal: 150 lb - so i've been insanely depressed for the past like 2 weeks, so ive been eating like crazy! PLUS i had my period (sorry i know, i know) which didn't help. im pretty sure i packed on 3 pounds that i lost, making me 170 again but i refuse to put that on here. because it will just depress me. but today ive done really well so far. no more saying "oh ill start again tomorrow" im gonna do this. so wish me luck, and good luck to you all!!

From Jaimie, Age 14 - 09/04/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'0", Start: 174 lb, Today: 196 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 163 lb - So im new to this i really havent noticed how much i weighed and umm the last tym i went to the docs i was 163 last year around this tym but the most recent weight check was at skool b4 we got out lyk around may-june and i was 174
so i gained a total of 22 pounds over the summer...
i didnt even tink it was this much... i thought maybe at the most lyk 8 lbs o sumtin...
My mom always critizes me she calls me fat and it does hurt...
kuz i never was lyk this till i got in to the7th grade...
i probably put on a few pounds that year but she made it worse kuz that made me sad and i guess i wuld eat mor, and i still do(kuz of her:but most importantly me)
She kums out of no where to my room and sees me on the computer and says y didnt u help out wit the dishes &sees me on the computer and she says that that is y im so Fat kuz i just sitt around all day even... (view more)

From Flower Fawn, Age 15 - 08/08/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 184 lb, Today: 177 lb, Goal: 145 lb - Hi everybody! I know I haven't been on here in like 2 months but my life is very, very stressful sometimes. Let's just say that my family is going through a tough time tight now...that's one of the reasons it's so hard for me to loose weight. When I'm stressed, my face breaks out and I overeat, and then I feel lousy and hate myself, and it just starts this really vicious cycle that's hard to break. But in good news, I LOST A POUND!!! Yeah, it's taken since the end of June for that. But I'm still happy. It's been hard, but I've slowly been weaning myself off desserts and second portions. Next week I'm going to start exercises. Much love guys, I plan on posting every day now. :)
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From lisa, Age 12 - 08/04/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'11", Start: 200 lb, Today: 185 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 160 lb - eh i wanna lose weight but i have a problem i drink starbucks everyday.. im adicted. and i love cupe cakes i eat 2 or3 a week.. ugh i need help

From Kim, Age 17 - 07/23/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 190 lb, Today: 170 lb, Goal: 145 lb - ok i have been doing so bad lately well since saturday. bc my best friend was 2 months pregnant and ended up flipping the 4 wheeler we were on and killing her baby and both of us are using food as a distraction right now. does ne one have ideas to end this?

From Giselle, Age 15 - 07/23/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 184 lb, Today: 180 lb, Goal: 145 lb - Hi, I'm Giselle. Two years ago I started going on a diet from my original weight of 184 lbs and was doing pretty good. By last summer I was down to 164 lbs. But then I had some family issues and when I had a bad day (there were a lot last summer) I would eat for comfort and stopped exercising. Eventually I went back to my old ways and a year later I am almost back to where I started. I bought the book The Diet for Teenagers Only, which I'm excited about and think will help, but I just feel so unmotviated right now becuase I feel unhealthy and tired all the time, plus I have acne and some of my clothes form last year don't fit. Can someone PLEASE leave me a little motivation? :(

From Motivated, Age 19 - 07/17/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
sugar and over eating is an addiction, so, you need to treat it like an addiction- you need to stop the physical part by dealing with the mentality behind the addiction. work on your issues with food. meditate on it. also, the addiction is physical- your body is used to getting fed so many calories and so much sugar and processed foods. you need to cut back on all of the very sugary, processed foods and fight through the cravings- they will subside after some time. even two weeks of a strict, no processed-sugar diet will do wonders for not only your weight, but your physical addiction to food, and also build your self-confidence in your ability to take care of yourself and get your life under control. you can do this. you will do this. take it one mouthful at a time, remmebering that each bite counts, and you WILL succeed!

From Brittany, Age 15 - 07/09/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 263 lb, Today: 297 lb, Goal: 250 lb - Hi im Brittany and im 15. My parents are always telling me how much i really need to lose weight but honestly i dont have the desire to. I love food and eating it is wat i do nonstop every day and its wat makes me happy. I know so many people are worried especially since im about to reach 300lbs and i cant really move that well but i cant give up eating just to lose the weight. I love food and im just not goin to be able to stop no matter how much i gain. in the past two month i went from 263 to 297 and the difference is very noticable. I just cant give up eating the way i do to lose a few pounds...idk wat to do everyone thinks im crazy but food is gonna make u gain weight and if i have to put on the pounds to eat all day everyday then its wat im gonna do.

From Claire, Age 19 - 07/05/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 210 lb, Today: 176 lb, Goal: 140 lb - UGH...I just had a very disgusting binge. I ate everything like--everything. Usually this happens when no one is home, so I hate it when someone leaves. When I'm alone I feel like I have so much more freedom and I can't control myself--and then I go off binging. I had a bad binge last night too. What is going on with me? I feel so full, it hurts. I usually eat a lot when something is boterhing me (emotional eater,you guessed it)...but lately what's been bothering me is the fact that I'M NOT LOSING WEIGHT. DOes this make any sense? and then I jsut start eating. It should open my eyes and tell me that I need to work harder but I end up doing the opposite. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm a hopeless disaster. It's already July. Is my goal still reachable? I think not. At the rate I'm going. I just feel really bad. I even cried today cause I couldn't take the way I... (view more)
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From Lucee, Age 17 - 07/01/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 179 lb, Today: 161 lb, Goal: 150 lb - AAGH, i just cnt stand the holidays! Its only been one day and i am already bored out my head, all i ever want to do when im lazing about my house is eat, thats probably why every single summer (except last year) i have gained weight when i have intended to lose some. Anyway, this year i am not going to gain weight, i am going to lose it. So yesterday before dinner i was reallllly bored with nothing to do (all my friends are on holiday/busy) so i went out on my bike for about 3miles and then later on in the evening i was beginning to get that bored hungry feeling but i had already eaten all my cals for the day so i did 30mins on my exercise bike. Basically everytime im hungry (from boredom, not from real hunger) i am going to exercise! In two weeks i will be working 9-5 monday to friday at a University on top of my usual weekend job so hopefully the weight will come off easily then cos ill be really busy and wont have time to boredom eat!
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