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 Han, Age 14 - 03/26/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'0", Start: 11 st 1, Today: 11 st 1 (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 9 st 0 - So I have been on here before but like every health kick I do I end up giving up! I really need to lose weight as at the moment my weight is a health issue and I have let it go to far! So today I started doing yoga and I went to the gym! I also cut out most of the bad things or eat like crisps and chocolate and I calorie counted. One thing I'm worried about though is giving in. On about the second day usually I end up getting really upset and comfort eating, and I know I shouldn't but I am an emotional eater! I really hope that I stick to this diet though as I hate being overweight! I can't stand having to get changed for PE at school as my stomach is a great big jelly circular mess compared with all my friend's nice tone stomachs. It's embarrassing! Especially because when I run or even just walk everything jiggles and it takes a few seconds to stop! That's... (view more)  (Note: 11 st 1 is 155 lb.)
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From Brionna, Age 16 - 03/10/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 190 lb, Today: 187 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 125 lb - This is a huge problem for me... when I'm upset all I will do is eat. Stress makes me eat, broken relationships make me eat, and just the feeling the comfort that food brings makes me eat. The problem is once I start eating I don't know how to stop. Even when I know I'm full ill keep eating just because I want to. some days this has caused me to throw up throughout the night and leaves me wondering was that last bite really worth it? I am determined to lose this weight and plan on living a long healthy life. there is so much I want to do with my many things I want do and see and losing weight will give me the confidence to do it! I have an adventurous spirit and I want to have an adventure with someone. I want someone to lose me for me instead of judging me for what I look like. I'm tired of being the fat girl with the pretty face, i'm tired of having 100 guy friends out of which none want me but rather just "stay friends" I mean am I the only one who feels this way?!

From Katie, Age 13 - 01/07/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 131 lb, Today: 138 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 110 lb - Hello, everyone. I need help. I need to know how to stop the urge to binge eat. It's a huge problem. There have been some times where I lost like 1-2 pounds and I'm really happy about it, but then I binge again, and feel disgusted by myself for it. Please, give me some advice. I've done decently at maintaining my weight, I've grown 2 inches since last year, which is the reason why I gained 7 pounds from my starting weight of 131 pounds. I need to lose weight, because I feel like everyone's disgusted by me. There's this guy I like, and one of my so-called "friends" told him I liked him. So now I feel like he's ashamed that someone so disgustingly fat likes him. I feel like everyone at school is laughing at me behind my back because I'm too fat to fit into nice clothes like American Eagle, I have to buy my jeans at Old Navy, where I get a size 8 in women's. Please, pleaseplease tell me how to resist the urge to binge eat.
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From Spacemonkey, Age 15 - 01/02/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 11 st 7, Today: 11 st 6 (BMI %tile: 92), Goal: 10 st 0 - Being overweight sucks. I hate having such low self-esteem and being ashamed of what I look like. It makes a massive impact on your life and you feel absolutely hideous when around other people. I've had really bad experiences at school with bullying (even before I was overweight), my parents had an bad marriage and my little sister had cancer three times. It all started around the same time when I was 10/11 years old. I felt really lonely and isolated and depressed because I was scared my sister was going to die, I didn't see her or my parents for six whole weeks at one point and I was being tormented when I went to school. There was no escape for me so I would eat to distract myself and try and make myself feel less empty inside.
Now, I've learnt to stop binging and I barely eat now. It's not healthy, but because I don't do ... (view more)
 (Note: 11 st 6 is 160 lb.)
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From daisy, Age 10 - 01/02/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 114 cm, Start: 67 kg, Today: 67 kg (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 52 kg - I hate being overwieght I'm a swimmer but all the swimming means I'm always hungry which means I'm always eating 5 meals a day I'm I eat with my mum its just the two of us together we will lose weight luckly I don't get made fun of at school because all my friends are slightly overwieght to but only by a pound or two I only got overwieght around a year ago because my dad died so my mum would buy surgery and faty food to make us fell better but it didn't work and it doesn't help my mum make fairy cakes as living so on weekends I can end up eating 5 a day.  (Note: 114 cm, 67 kg is 3'8.9", 147.71 lb.)
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From hannah, Age 13 - 12/28/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'0", Start: 10 st 8, Today: 10 st 8 (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 9 st 8 - Right so I have tried to loose weight before and failed and this is my attempt again to actually loose weight. I hate the way I look and it is because I am overweight. It is my fault, knowing comfort eat because when I am upset I don't know what to do so I guess food distracts me from things. Last time I tried to loose weight I didn't tell friends or family which was wrong because I needed support and I thought by not asking I wasn't addressing my weight problem. Although this time I know it was wrong and I know that my weight problem has got out of control in the last year so I have asked for help this time. I told my best friend about everything about from the comfort eating I don't really know how to explain it. I don't want to upset her either as she wouldn't like to hear that I have been upset myself for ages and told no one.... (view more)  (Note: 10 st 8 is 148 lb.)
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From mikala, Age 15 - 11/25/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'1", Start: 246 lb, Today: 246 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 180 lb - hi. i found this site when i was 12 and i kinda forgot about it for a while. ive been chubby since i was 10 and i want to lose weight. a lot of wieght. nothing is stoping me i just dont have the motivation. im depressed and i have an anxiety disordr. ive always come to food and acasonally self harm to calm me down. but no more. im going to lose weight. and im going to be healthy :D i dont know if this is to much to ask or not but im going to need loads of support :/ i would be very greatful if you guys could help me out :) thank you!

From Justine, Age 15 - 08/10/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'7", Start: 143 lb, Today: 143 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 100 lb - ok um i dont know how to say this but i am gaining more and more weight because i am so nervous about school this year and i just keep eating its so hard because my grandmother eats like a apple a bar and thats it each day so she is really skinny and then gets stuff and is like oh i have whatever you should have some. and school just everything about it and i used to have a place to go to but i cant go anymore and it used to help me calm down and stuff i just im so tired of this i kind of want to give up but i know thats not a choice but its hard
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From Jessica, Age 17 - 07/27/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 229 lb, Today: 225 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - I am so upset. I keep promising myself to go on a diet and I always end up breaking it or never go on it. I am starting tomorrow and this time I plan on keeping on it. The thing with me is will power. It's hard because my parents buy sweets but that isn't my big problem. My problem is fast food. I am addicted. It's just hard because I trap myself inside the house because I feel like everywhere I go everyone is making fun of me. Especially when I eat out. I just don't know anymore. It's getting to the point where I don't wanna leave the house. Ugh.
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From Shai, Age 12 - 07/02/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 168 lb, Today: 168 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 120 lb - I used to be a size 6 but i ballooned up to a size 12. During the nighttime i sneak cake,pie,candy,and maybe some leftover dinner from that night. I know that i can lose the weight,but its just that sometimes i eat becuz im bored or stressed out. If anyone has any advice please do give it to me.
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From Jessica, Age 17 - 06/27/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3.7", Start: 162 lb, Today: 156 lb (BMI %tile: 90), Goal: 118 lb - I 've always had comfort eating issues since I was eleven I was picked on and worst of all I was in special ed my last aide yelling and lying putting me in that classroom was prison for me not many of my peers like me anymore I was left alone so I ate myself in four years to 181-183 lbs I got addicted to sugar they gave me junk all the time since I 've been homeschooled for almost six years Sept it ll be six years now! I w'd lose 25 lbs for a time then gain it back. I didn't like myself I almost killed myself back in summer 07, yes I was going to end It I had enough of being bullied even some of the girls apoligzed to me.
I didn't want to live, this was six years ago.
I used to do two-third helpings on my meals that's wasn't healthy I was a big eater I would sit around all day I was barley active that's was horrible looking ac pictures I end up not... (view more)

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From Kasey Andersonz, Age 16 - 06/26/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6.5", Start: 255.6 lb, Today: 250.6 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 180 lb - Ok so I'm 16 and I've just had an argent with my best friend. Right now all I want is to curl up with a bowl of ice cream but I'm not losing much weight as it is. I just need some support in staying away.
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From Nayla, Age 12 - 01/04/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 160 lb, Today: 160 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 110 lb - Ok I'm a twelve year old and i am soo over weight I need help.I even trained myself to suck in my stomach.I have emotional eat disorder so I am always mad so I eat,I get one piece of cake and end up getting 4 pieces. But I don't get bullied i just need help to lose at least 60 pounds.My mom has tried to help so behind her back I steal food please help me :(
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From Crystal, Age 19 - 01/01/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 230 lb, Today: 230 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Me being overweight began when I was only 9 years old. My mom married my stepdad, had twins & I began to become very depressed. I started gaining weight nonstop. My stepdad would offend not only me but my mom & sisters. He would call us fat, balloons, pigs... In order to cope with his offensive comments, I would eat anything I could find. By the time I reached 6th grade I was already 145 lbs. I was introduced to french fries, brownies, pizza bread, chips, & soda. I was never really teased about being overweight. My friends were all overweight. I was actually considered "skinny" when I hung out with them because they were "bigger" than me, but I didn't feel skinny. By the time I reached high school I was 170 lbs. My weight stayed at 170 lbs until my junior year when I no longer had gym class. Between Junior and Senior year I gained... (view more)
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From Jessica, Age 17 - 12/03/12 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 171 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 120 lb - boo boo hiss gained the weight back rrr 130 time I failed in five years.. I am only five foot two in a queater.. nine lbs more then when I started here over a year ago.... Fat cousin fat friend my cousins are all thin, makes me feel awarked I am fed up with it I thought I w'd never go back to my old habits for good guess not hun I try so many times , I am almost 17)1)2) years old. I feel depressed all the time how my girl cousins and my friends at chruch can find clothes easily I feel like a total failure its anoying me wish was 150 lbs now!! but I am not sadly.. I am so mad and upset of coruse back to stress eating I thouhgt I stoped that guuess not humm.. I can't believe I weigh nine lbs more then I did back when I was 15)1)2) years old.. That's just horrible. for me..
Uggh I thought I w'd see the 150 lbs on me..
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