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 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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From Tiffany, Age 18 - 06/28/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 160 lb, Today: 162 lb, Goal: 155 lb - Today was such a bad day. I haven't stopped eating all day...and i know it's cuz i've been bored. I dont work on the weekends so i usually just stay at home and rest. And i haven't been able to exercise like i've wanted to this week cuz of other things that i've had to do all week. But i'm going to the gym tomorrow. That's what i've kept telling myself all day today to make myself feel better. I feel gross right now. I'm trying not to eat for the rest of the night either. I hate these days where i just pig out. Oh well. Tomorrow's a new day, right?
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From Motivated, Age 19 - 06/27/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 215 lb, Today: 203 lb, Goal: 150 lb - omg. okay- i just read the most incredible book. i'm still happily crying. the reason i wanted to share it with you guys is that it's interlaced with emotional eating and using it to kind of hide from the world, but that the main character breaks free from it slowly throughout the book and undergoes this amazing transformation into herself- although it's not all about that at all. it's aptly titled "the Sugar Queen" incase you all want to read something really fun and easy, but still get emotionally invested and kind of feel yourself go through her transformation.
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From panic at the disco junkie, Age 14 - 06/23/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 183 lb, Today: 177 lb, Goal: 130 lb - So i have been doing pretty good but i have 2 well maybe 3 huge problems 1. is that i always eat when im bored, and i know its when im bored beacause i always say im hungrey and its when im not really doing anything so its out of bordum. 2. Im haveing trouble with gettting my self up and exceriseing its like i want to do it im just to lazy to and i just keep saying that ill do it later then i don't. So that is a bad thing and 3. i just can't stay mo-a-vated i mean when ever i eat im just saying "oh ill never loose it" then i just eat and eat and then later im like i can't keep doing this. So i don't know what to do with this problem. Can some of u guys tell me any tips to deal with this stuff? Thanks and i hope u guys are doing well (it looks like it) good luck!

From Rachel, Age 14 - 06/23/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 330 lb, Today: 298 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Haha so I was driving around with friends and everyone was bored so we hit up burger king; I didn't get anything ! Thatss like amazing for me :) lmao...well yeah I am so freakin happy I snuck out to hang with them and didn't get caught :) I'm having an amazing day..keeep up thee good workkk kids.

From Kristen, Age 16 - 06/20/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 228 lb, Today: 176 lb, Goal: 160 lb - Ok so i forgot to post yesterday. I went and worked out for an hour yesterday and i felt really good. Basically im doing well and im on track with my summer plan. I thought i would be 180 or even more because i hadnt been working out this last month plus before school ended i was really depressed and started binging. I was just a mess, im just glad im not as heavy as i thought though. Im working on building up my muscle because i know i lost some of it this past month and that could also contribute to me not weighing as much even though i binged alot. So just wanted to wish everyone luck and hope you have a Happy Friday!

From Erica, Age 16 - 06/16/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 148.9 lb, Current: 158 lb, Goal: 115 lb -
I can't stop binge eating. It's like I eat even when I'm bored...and it's a problem.....PLEAsE GIVE ME ADVICE IF YOU SUFFERED FROM IT AND KNOW HOW TO STOP:)

From michelle, Age 14 - 06/16/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 228 lb, Today: 199 lb, Goal: 130 lb - ok so i havent been on this site sense school ended like a mouth ago is tht thing were u post ur weight at the begaining of the week still here. well this whats happening in my life i think im in love with my ex-friends brother, im startin to actually like my body and id like to lose 10 to 20 pounds by the end of the summer (my body loses about 2 to 3 ponds a week) well thats about it oh wait and my mom won't stop callin me the goth girl who used to love her so much when in truth shes always gotten on my last nerves and she is the main reason im an emotional eater

From Amanda, Age 19 - 06/12/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 225 lb, Today: 170 lb, Goal: 150 lb - omg yesterday was TERRIBLE. i did amazingly perfect for over a week then i just ate nonstop allllll freaking day yesterday. i think its because i was depriving myself. but im refreshed now and ready to get back on track. plus im pretty sure i didnt gain anything, except maybe a little bloating from all the salt i had. never again. i had such bad heartburn lastnight because of eating so much but i was so bored and i just couldnt stop!! i thought i had conquered my habit of eating out of boredom but i guess not lol oh well, its okay to have a day like that every once in a while. even skinny people have those days. we just have to brush ourselves off and work towards fixing the problem. i cant wait to be thinnnn :) right now im a size 10-11 in jeans and a medium in shirts (sometimes large, depending on how the fit is). i really want to be a size 8 in jeans. but ive got a large bone... (view more)
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From Lucee, Age 17 - 06/08/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 179 lb, Today: 163 lb, Goal: 150 lb - Aaagh i am so frickin pissed at myself!!
80% of the time on days when im working, at school, out with friends or just really busy i am hardly ever hungry and i stick to my plan really well and exercise and everything but then theres days like today when im in the house bored all day (because i had 2 stay in 2 study for a sociology exam on tuesday) and what do i end up doing? BINGEING!! Honestly i must have consumed at least 5000 calories today and i purged which im really mad about cos im in recovery for bulimia which was going really well but i have relapsed quite a few times in the past month which i think is down to exam stress. Sociology is my last exam though so hopefully after that i can get back into my plan, work on recovery more and finally get down to a weight which i can be happy about my body with and not have to focus on losing weight anymore and just focus on maintaining that healthy weight! Sorry about the rant..just had to vent there <3
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From Claire, Age 19 - 06/02/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
also yeah around 2006-07 I used to weigh like freakin 159! and I was so much more energetic then but I remember still thinking..."goddd I'm so fat, I gotta drop 30 fast!" ..I should've cherished being 159 for the time being but I just screwed it up by letting stress take over my life and turning to food once again. I wish I weighed that much again and now getting there seems like such a hard thing to do! I wish I hadn't gained back in the first place. It makes me feel like a failure, really. :(

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