COMFORT EATING

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 Caitlin, Age 19 - 08/17/12 - IP#: 24.47.159.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 244 lb, Today: 178 lb (BMI %tile: 93) - I was always big boned but every year I was gaining more and more weight drastically. People were always telling me I had a pretty face but I knew I didn't have a pretty body. I was so self conscious and in denial about my own wight at the same time. I knew that I was big but I didn't know I was as big as I really was. I would eat whatever I wanted whenever i wanted. Food was comfort to me and I saw that my friends were eating what I was and they weren't gaining a lb. I finally decided in febuarary that it was time to change my life around. I have lost 66 lbs since I started my weightloss journey and I am still going. I exercise 5 to 6 times a week and do tons of cardio along with weight training. I used to barely be able to run a 10 min mile and now I am running a 7 min mile. I eat lots of vegetables and fruits and cut out a lot of processed foods. Exceeds and eating healthy and you will be along your way. There isnt a better feeling then putting on old shirts and shorts and having them slide off you bc they are so big :)
Reply from Sally, Age 10 - 07/31/13  - IP#: 108.201.84.xxx
Reply from Ryan, Age 10 - 05/14/13  - IP#: 82.14.35.xxx
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From Erica, Age 15 - 08/14/12 - IP#: 108.41.170.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 165 lb, Today: 165 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 130 lb - I feel like I've been overweight my whole life. I know that it's become a problem and I need to get it under control, but for some reason I don't believe I can do it. It sounds odd, but I can't picture myself ever being at a healthy weight. Being overweight is all I can remember, so I continue my bad eating habits in hopes of sustaining my weight. I am a social eater and I eat when I'm bored, so it seems like there is no way to avoid my food problem. I've laid out nutrition plans for myself, but its like my mind won't let me believe that I will lose weight by sticking to them. I've lost 5 or 10 pounds at a time, but always gain it all back, so I can't picture experiencing real, visible results.
Reply from Jessica, Age 16 - 08/15/12  - IP#: 184.6.214.xxx
Reply from Grace, Age 17 - 08/14/12  - IP#: 174.252.157.xxx

From Valerie, Age 17 - 08/04/12 - IP#: 99.127.198.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 320 lb, Today: 345 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 250 lb - I never used to consider myself to be unhealthy. Yes, I am morbidly obese. But I see myself as thin, and overall am healthy. My knees started to give out in the last year, and I started having back problems. I figured these were just natural things and refused to accept that they were being caused by my massive weight. So I continued to ignore it, and gain more weight. My family is all massively obese, so nobody cares that I keep gaining. A few days ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I only eat fast food and drink up to 6 cans of soda a day, and have for as long as I can remember.
I am a huge emotional eater and will sometimes spend entire days sitting in front of the tv and eating thousands of calories worth of food, only stopping when I feel close to vomiting. My parents make fun of me sometimes because they always find me asleep with the food... (view more)

Reply from Tehya, Age 13 - 09/13/12  - IP#: 24.107.229.xxx
Reply from Megan, Age 18 - 08/09/12  - IP#: 174.69.150.xxx

From Sarah, Age 16 - 07/29/12 - IP#: 184.21.157.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 245 lb, Today: 245 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 170 lb - I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I was 12 when I really started gaining a lot of weight. I was going through emotional struggles and I hardly noticed the weight gain. Then all of the sudden I'm 13 and I weigh more than an adult man should. I felt so ashamed. I turned to my mom for support, and ever since then we have been on a dieting rollercoaster. Now I'm 16 and I am embarassed of my body. I have had some minor weight loss success, but I've never reached my goal and I always gain the pounds back, plus more. My main problem is overeating. I eat when I'm bored or stressed or depressed. I feel like I'm always eating! I'm bored so I go grab a bag of chips, and after I eat half the bag, I get mad at myself and feel discouraged. I'm sick of this rollercoaster! I just want to be healthy and fit! I want to feel confident and beautiful! I feel... (view more)
Reply from Grace, Age 17 - 07/30/12  - IP#: 166.248.80.xxx

From Sarah, Age 16 - 07/29/12 - IP#: 184.21.157.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 245 lb, Today: 245 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 170 lb - I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I was 12 when I really started gaining a lot of weight. I was going through emotional struggles and I hardly noticed the weight gain. Then all of the sudden I'm 13 and I weigh more than an adult man should. I felt so ashamed. I turned to my mom for support, and ever since then we have been on a dieting rollercoaster. Now I'm 16 and I am embarassed of my body. I have had some minor weight loss success, but I've never reached my goal and I always gain the pounds back, plus more. My main problem is overeating. I eat when I'm bored or stressed or depressed. I feel like I'm always eating! I'm bored so I go grab a bag of chips, and after I eat half the bag, I get mad at myself and feel discouraged. I'm sick of this rollercoaster! I just want to be healthy and fit! I want to feel confident and beautiful! I feel... (view more)

From Adriana, Age 19 - 07/28/12 - IP#: 184.20.224.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 290 lb, Today: 290 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - I am curious on the best way to deal with stress without using food as a source of comfort. Any ideas?
Reply from Ryan, Age 10 - 05/14/13  - IP#: 82.14.35.xxx
Reply from Sara, Age 23 - 08/01/12  - IP#: 67.193.221.xxx
Reply from Melissa, Age 18 - 07/31/12  - IP#: 208.84.170.xxx

From Ciara, Age 13 - 07/26/12 - IP#: 108.244.81.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 191 lb, Today: 187 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 155 lb - Well I've never did this be for just started but ya. Well what I think be overweight is it's sometime not about being sad always for like me I eat because I'm bored and I'm bore and I dont know what to do I got and eat then when I'm sad I hate eating but ya I like really do know what to right but ........ Ya .... Okay ....that's all I think .yep
Reply from Tatiana, Age 13 - 09/30/13  - IP#: 50.46.217.xxx

From Magen, Age 16 - 07/23/12 - IP#: 174.59.5.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 258 lb, Today: 220 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - Hi guys it's been awhile since I have been here, I was down to 210 but I gained 10 pounds the past month bc I went into depression again a lot has been happening to me but I'm back on track and doing my best. I did it before I'll do it again. Good everyone is doing good! :)

From Cherie, Age 17 - 07/15/12 - IP#: 71.198.228.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 188 lb, Today: 169 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 130 lb - I'm finally in the 160's! i haven't been this weight in 2 years... =) let me quickly tell you my story. i use to go on this site a lot three years ago. i was 165. then, over the course of 6 months, i dropped 130. i was happy and healthy. but, during my sophomore year, i gained over FIFTY pounds.
i was so stressed and never slept so all i did was eat. i managed to lose 15 pounds last summer and this summer i finally decided to just become healthy. my word of advice, don't count calories unless you plan to do so for the rest of your life. the first time i lost weight i counted calories but i gained it all back and more once i stopped counting. last summer, i only portion controlled and lost 15 pounds. this summer, i portion controlled and lost almost 10 pounds so far. so guys, make sure your "diet" is a lifelong thing. do something you will always be able to do.
Reply from Hafsa, Age 16 - 07/16/12  - IP#: 188.52.155.xxx
Reply from Sabrina, Age 13 - 07/16/12  - IP#: 174.54.152.xxx

From Kayla, Age 16 - 07/13/12 - IP#: 71.217.81.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 320 lb, Today: 320 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - So. Here I am. Im not sure how to begin, so keep that in mind. I haven't always been this size. As a kid I was very active- I did track, basketball, gymnastics, you think of it I did it. I grew up with 3 brothers, & I am the youngest, so yeah- I was like another little boy. Sadly, I didnt have the best childhood. I grew up in severe Domestic Violence. Lets just say, when my "father" decided to keep me for 2 weeks longer than the originally planned 2 days, I was molested not only by him- but his friends.
Subconsciously after that, I just stuffed everything down, and ate. Food became my way out. How I saw it was, Fat people dont get positive attention. Guys wouldnt like me as a girl, if you catch my drift. When memories would threaten to come up, or if I got touched (friendly gestures- hugs, or a hand on my arm etc), I would eat. I hated it (and I still... (view more)

Reply from Jessica, Age 16 - 07/14/12  - IP#: 184.6.214.xxx
Reply from Hafsa, Age 16 - 07/14/12  - IP#: 188.54.25.xxx
Reply from Gace, Age 17 - 07/14/12  - IP#: 166.248.135.xxx

From Jessica, Age 16 - 07/13/12 - IP#: 184.6.214.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 150 lb (BMI %tile: 90), Goal: 120 lb - Yes I gained some of my weight back , it is fursting I worked so hard before June, I was almost 154 lbs , now I am like 159 or 160's boo hiss, I am just furstred,, I am trying to encourge Justine to not give up!! on hope to be healthy weight again!! I told her weightloss not going to happen over night,, she has wieght issues, , I was strss eating again, I was like uh no, not doing that to myself, I hope to be a size 11)12 Juniours by fall or a size 9)10)!!!! I Justine will look good in a size 1)2) Juniours!! I ll look good in a size 3 or 5 Juniours!!! I been looking up calories!!! sodum, sugar, fats, crab, severing sizes, portion size as well.. Nope I don't binge eat, what I advice you girls is to eat less , small portion sized, foods, low calorie drink a lot of water,, don't try anxoria it not a good idea, to do, cause I did that for almost two mounths, it... (view more)

From bri, Age 9 - 07/12/12 - IP#: 24.12.244.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'11", Start: 111 lb, Today: 111 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 95 lb - im 9 and i wollwas eat wen in sad mad or hungry i eat like 100 time a day so if u can help me out and give me tip that i could lose weight im olwase on ps im mad at my self because my sister is turning 12 and only like 87 pounds and im 111 pounds

From Bailey, Age 14 - 07/06/12 - IP#: 173.28.99.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 150 lb, Today: 130 lb (BMI %tile: 88) - When I had moved into my house at the age of 12 I weighed 150 pounds. I was going through a rough time and both my mom and I were eating because we were stressed. I kept telling myself I was going to lose the weight, but by the time i turned 13 I only weighed 147 pounds. That summer my mother told me she was going to lose more than 100 pounds in 6 months, but I told her I didn't think she would. Then a couple weeks later my mother went to the doctor and he told her she wouldn't be able to take care of my brother and I if she didn't lose the weight. My mother weighed 230 pounds and she didn't like hearing from her daughter that I didn't even think she could lose the weight and my mother wanted to be their for my brother and I. The first month my mom went on on a full liquid diet because she had gotten surgery done on her stomach. After that first month she had... (view more)

From Tauren, Age 15 - 06/25/12 - IP#: 70.181.120.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 160 lb, Today: 156 lb (BMI %tile: 95) - I've been chubby since around 5th grade, just a bit, but it spiraled in 8/9th grade. well I just completed 9th grade last week and the whole year I felt different from all of my friends and that I couldn't rlly connect and for various reasons had severe depression and gained 20 lbs to my highest weight 160. well I'm going to a new high school next year so this summer I've been eating well and excersizing 45-60 minutes. I don't have a scale so my weights are estimates but I'll get one. I want to be about 115 (I'm 5'2", & have some serious curves) & get involved in grls basketball (I have some talent, but I've never played formally or very much in general). believe in urself and u REALLY CAN DO IT!! my friends say I'm not fat jst curvy cuz I'm half latina BUT I know I am fat (my doctor too) and I can be in AWESOME shape at 115. think about how hot & amazing ull... (view more)

From Allie, Age 14 - 06/21/12 - IP#: 76.120.228.xxx  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 190 lb, Today: 190 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Whenever I get bored, I usually munch on something. I am tired of having to wear XXL shirts. I just don't feel comfortable in my body anymore. By December, I want to be down to a large. Any tips?

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