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 Heather, Age 13 - 08/19/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 210 lb, Today: 180 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 170 lb - See, I don't eat fastfood, and I don't crave sweets or cake or cupcakes or brownies. I don't really eat sweets or drink sodas. See, I guess that I am kind of a healthy food addict in a way. Milk and water is all I drink, and when I say MILK, its 1 percent. But I've battled with weight problems since I was probably 7. It runs in my dads side of the family. I eat right, sometimes I like to over-eat. And when I was 7 or 8 is when you are introduced to mean girls. And you start to feel bad about yourself. I'm really smart, I was in advanced programs, straight A's, but how you see yourself is main key on how your going to act. Girls would pick on me because of my weight, and I would start to eat healty foods a lot because either I was bored, or I would feel so bad about myself because I never thought I was pretty. Then, I would eat in moderation, and start to run a little more and get involved in sports and I am very happy now :) Girls out there, no matter what mean girls say to you, you are YOU, you are beautiful, no matter what :)
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From Jessica, Age 16 - 08/09/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 118 lb - I can wear some of my old girls 16 clothes or XL!!! I lost more then 7 pounds!! I can't believe it!! I say no to junk food when I can!!! I can't stand MCDONALS yuck.
Don't get cears sald the dressing was nasty .. I was like where is the olive oil? I didn't even like it.. Yuck.. I can finally wear my High School Musical t shirt!! yahoo!! the point is to never give up!!! how you Megan? don't give up your goals!! we all make mistakes... I feel gulity when I make bad choices.. I go like that was not good.. I talked to my male friend on my cell phone last night. I was sad of losing my great great uncle.. my brain wanted food. I was like I don't need food I already ate.. Yikes, go away laying brain!!! I know when I go to 4H Fair in my state and county there is going to be a lot of food I know I am really exicted my male friend James is going to be there!!! He... (view more)

From Jessica, Age 16 - 08/08/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 118 lb - Taylor and Melissa how you girls doing with your weight loss? I been reading in the archves for advice, to lose weight. I know they are old, I can't believe anyone would want to gain weight to be so heavy. That very sad.. I was like what that terrible I was shocked that one teen boy wanted to be 500 pounds. Taylor that so sad.. I am losing weight for my health,, I want to live longer.
'By the I just lost my great great Uncle.. I feel like I want to cry... I feel like I want to eat for comfort, but I was like I am not going back.. I have known him almost all of my life.. I am very sad. Now, I have meories of seeing his face... I feel like everything is an end.. I still remeber seeing him at my grandpartnes 50th Wedding Annaveisy 3 years a go..
I feel down.. That how I feel... my great great just died this past week.. I feel like I want to cry.. I... (view more)

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From Tammy, Age 17 - 08/06/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 230 lb, Today: 218 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 145 lb - I'm Tammy and i have been overweight ever sence the 3rd grade. I haven't ever really been mad fun of but deep down inside i know what they are thinking about me. Sometime in April i decided to stop eatting so poorly and start eatting healthy. What changed my mind was i was with a group of friends and we were all trying on clothes and they all found stuff to wear but me. Because none of the clothes fit me. Just feeling the embarrassment was enough to get me motivated to losing weight. After i started losing weight for a few months, Then things started going down hill. My family and i moved to a different state. And here i am now trying so hard to get back on my diet. And so far it's been paying off. I just want anyone who reads this to let you know never give up. Even if things seem so impossible just keep going.
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From Emma, Age 15 - 08/04/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'9", Start: 17 st 10, Today: 16 st 9 (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 14 st 9 - I'm 15 and I have always been overweight. I tend to comfort eat a lot, whenever I'm sad or angry I will eat something and most the times I'm not even hungry. I really don't know how to stop doing this.  (Note: 16 st 9 is 233 lb.)
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From Jessica, Age 16 - 08/01/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 118 lb - What an ideal weight for 14 year old girl 4'8 I know 130 pounds is obse. My friend I am trying to help her out.. She eats and eats when strss. I am getting really worried about her. Now, I dont see much as I used to. She was in my rding lessons for a while. Now it like I cant talk to her. Her phones numbers.. And she is not tall.. I am worried about her.. Any ideas I can help? and she got bullied this past year.. I dont want her to herself.
Please I need help, she binges a lot she told me.. I need ideas I can help..
Jessica 16

From JANAE, Age 20 - 07/26/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 183 lb, Today: 188 lb (BMI: 32), Goal: 130 lb - I am sooo sad. All summer i can admit to being lazy, barely working out or watching what i was eating but my weight was stable and i didnt gain a pound until like a week ago...and i didnt gain a pound i gained almost 10. Its not a lot but its the beginning of the spiral and the worst part is i cant even muster the will power to pick myself up, all i wanna do is eat and sleep. School starts in 25 days, i wanna at least go back to the weight i was at orientation (183) and i plan to lose 25lbs in the first semester...this will be my freshman year and i am hoping to avoid stress and weight gain... any advice??
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From Mila, Age 19 - 07/21/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 204 lb, Today: 180 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 160 lb - Hello everyone. My name is Mila and I honestly just feel like sharing my story and maybe giving some of you some advice and inspiration. I just finished my first year of college and am majoying in history. I plan to teach. In high school, I was a cheerleader for 4 years and competed on a cheer and dance team. I was extremely active and in shape. I am not a little lady. I am curvy, but you wouldn't look at me and see somebody that was fat; at least not when I'm at my healthy body weight. At my goal weight, I love the way I look. Anyway, after I got out of high school I chose to move in with my boyfriend at the time and that turned into a horribly unhealthy, stressful situation. We had no money to pay the bills, let alone money to buy the healthy food I was raised eating. I came from a very active, healthy family that always taught me to eat right and they were shocked... (view more)

From Miranda, Age 18 - 07/19/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'10", Start: 188 lb, Today: 185 lb (BMI %tile: 87), Goal: 140 lb - Wow, I haven't been on this site in forever! I decided to check it out again and take it seriously this time. So I started out at 183 in september 2010. I lost 14 pounds and was at 169 in december 2010. I was under a lot of stress with school and getting back home on time, so I stopped working out and eating really unhealthy, gaining EVERYTHING plus more back. I also got tendonitis in both wrists and achilles tendons, so that held me back a lot. But now I'm back at it! I have so much motivation to work out, I love it! Staying in shape is part of my job (i'm in the air force) and I'm failing miserably at it, ha. I'm looking forward to hearing everyones story and possibly giving some positive feedback (:

From Jessica, Age 15 - 07/15/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 118 lb - Teens I know being so heavy is tough once teens you have reached your weight goals and at a healthy weight. You will feel good and good as new, I changlled my teen friends,to a race for runing.. We did a whole lap the four of us did it together, as a group.. I manged to finsh it.. And let me tell you It felt good to be able to run faster!!! I started to cry . I was like havent ran like this in a long time..
I took my flip floop off.. We ran for 3 laps.. It was so much fun.. Hey teens, I mean that is a fun excirse to do, with your friends, good way to burn calories..
I am very active teen.. I will run any where!!! I am a fast runner!! I can run a whole lap now without running out of breth!!!! me and a bunch of teens, run .. A lot.. I know it is crazy,but it is better then eating when you get emotial or bored.. Dont eat when you get that way, do something fun in the summer heat. Now.. Wear a hat, sunscren, and sunglass..
I hope to have encouged you guys.Bye
My last time posting
Jessica 15.

From Jessica, Age 15 - 07/12/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 118 lb - I am shrimp every time I went to my teen sericve... I feel like what? I mean I have a horible time of reaching itmes some times. I fell down off the shelf.. I was like I cant reach very well... I do not want to be a comfort eater ever again.. I only eat when I am hungrey.. I know it is very hot in the 50 states right. Now.. And Candana.. I mean a lot of the teens are very helpfull when I get very destressted.. I was talking like crazy. I was singing for the whole time on 4th of July weekend I was at pinc a week half a go.
I mean I shared my slad that I made with my mom.. It is meatless.. I sing when I get sad, it cheers me up.. I mean being obest not healthy.. I am not a couch siter.. I am to active.. You know what I made mistakes sometimes. But I know not to repeat them again.. I sing all day long.. I am thinking of having my songs published one day.. I ... (view more)

From Chelsea, Age 11 - 07/12/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 160 lb, Today: 138 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 110 lb - I usually eat because I am bored I can't play because there is no one where I live to play with and kids make fun of my weight please help!!!! :)
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From Jessica, Age 15 - 07/11/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 118 lb - I know being a comfort eater can be difficult to get out of your systeam.. I got rid of it.. By having some help, I was like enough is enough, I fight and I say no to comfort eating.. Even my friends from my homschooling sericve for teens. I was crying one time.. It was enmbarssing. I was nervss I bit my finger nails.. My male friend, who is five in a half moutnhs older then. We are the same age.. He told Jess dont give up.. I felt scared.. I talked to him for five hours.. That was the day I quit comfort eating. It was Febuary 2011. Valntines's Day.. I quit it forever.. I sat next to him.. It was at a chruch. In my area, It was a day I quit comfort eating..

From Victoria, Age 19 - 07/08/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 285 lb, Today: 285 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - I'm so tired of looking at myself unrealistically. I know that I'm overweight. It's obvious. My problem is as follows: On a good day, I see myself as stunning, beautiful, head-turning. And then I get disappointed when reality sets in and I realize I'm not getting the results I dreamed of. On bad days, I don't bother with anything. No hair-styling. No makeup. I regard myself as unworthy and sink into a sea of apathy. Even when people tell me I'm attractive, I scoff and shrug.
I know I can do this. I just need the motivation. I'm a natural stress eater, and I've got so much on my plate right now (metaphorically and literally). This hurts. And I can't keep doing it. I guess I'm interested in the accountability factor, so I'll post as often as possible. If you're interested in following my journey, I'll end each post with the following signature so you'll know it's me.
- Tori Leigh
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From Sabrina, Age 22 - 07/06/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 239 lb, Today: 219 lb (BMI: 40), Goal: 145 lb - Well it has been another horrible night :( It seems like when I have a bad day at work my diet is blown. Then I sit and cry because I am completely unhappy with my body. I haven't worked out in three days! And I have done this before, I know how to loose weight...why am I having so much trouble this time?? My biggest issues are dinner and before bed. My boyfriend is a late night muncher and I just seem to follow, (knowing I shouldn't) I need some kind of motivation...
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