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 scarlett, Age 17 - 04/13/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 184 lb, Today: 179 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 110 lb - ugh, it is seriously so hard to lose weight. I was so good for like 1-2 weeks, and then i went to my ITALIAN mothers house, and ate a lot and feel bad about it now. it's like i'm addicted, and i really don't want to be. she always has so much food, and it's so hard to ignore it! and then i got lazy and i haven't worked out in a couple days. i've been pretty upset about a lot of personally things. i really think it's my weight that's making me feel so down. i mean, i am so mean. and i have NEVER been mean like this, ever. i know it's not an instant thing, but i want to start a healthy diet NOW. so that i don't keep putting it off and wasting more time. i'm EXTREMELY lucky though because i didn't gain any of the weight back. but does any one have any pointers for me? anything they do when they get a craving, or feel like giving up.. or just feeling lazy, and end up not doing anything? any advice would help :) thanks.
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From scarlett, Age 17 - 04/03/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 184 lb, Today: 184 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 110 lb - i was always a really thin kid. i wasn't stick skinny, but i was thin. from about 12-14, i got really fat. and i hated it. when i was 15, i lost so much weight. i was about 120 pounds. i didn't even exercise, it just randomly came off. i'm now 184 pounds. i was NEVER this big. and i hate it. I know, if I wanted a change, I'd make it. But, it's easier said than done. And people who struggle with weight, know exactly what I'm talking about. So gimme a break. I'm NOT saying I'm a victim! I'm miserable. I'm not trying to make people feel bad for me, but I wish things would change.
If I'm sad, I eat. If I'm mad, I eat. If I'm happy, I eat. I've tried dieting so many times. I'd lose weight here and there, and I'd be good for a couple weeks. But then I'd indugle in really bad food one day, and then it would all come back, and I'd gain it all.
I went to the park today, and had a... (view more)

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From Jenna, Age 17 - 03/24/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6.5", Start: 224.5 lb, Today: 221.5 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - I fell off the wagon, and I fell hard guys :( You've all been so supportive and posted loads of tips, and that really helped but I just got the urge to eat and eat. I can remember being 182 and thinking I was enormous and that I'd never let myself get fatter.. How I would love to be back at 182 now! I'm trying hard to get myself back on track though and have lost 3lbs so far! But I have a HUGE problem with snacking at night time, like while I'm watching TV and stuff, anyone got any hints to help me stop doing that?
Love and luck, Jenna x
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From Katie, Age 16 - 03/21/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 245 lb, Today: 248.2 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 212 lb - so i have gained 0.8 pounds and not happy. Im Reaching 250 ugh.. i know why ive been gaining i've been emotional eating because i found out someone close to me has a brain tumor and isnt doing well so im scared and stuff,.

From Carly, Age 12 - 03/08/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
I'm twelve years old. My whole family on both sides are really overweight. My mom was the only healthy one. But after she had me, she really started packing it on. I was never overweight. When I was little, people would always comment and say that I was skinny, and I have always been the tallest girl in my class. Plus, I am extremely athletic and play just about every sport I've ever heard of. But last winter, I started to stay home alone after school, and I would just eat so many snacks that I gained about 30 pounds in three months. But in the summer, I was playing outside more and two thirds of it melted off by June. This winter I knew it would happen again, but despite that I gained it all back. I'm really glad I found this website. The tickets tip is great, because usually I just eat because I'm bored, and this way I can eat healthy and get more exercise. I am proud to announce that I have lost 10 lbs. with it so far! Thank you!

From Magen, Age 14 - 02/26/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 226 lb, Today: 210 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 120 lb - well hello im Magen im 14, and this is my story!
It all started when i was in 3rd grad i started getting big! Mom usd to call it baby fat,........ well even then i new no 8 year old should weigh 90 pounds! Well 4th n 5th grade rolled around n hell a whopping 150 pounds! I remember crying every night b/c kids used to whisper when i walked by! i mean i had tons of friends n i still do but there always was that one group who always picked on me n i punched the one girl in the face! well anyway there goes 6 n 7th grade hello 236 pounds omg! My docotor put me in a weight study n i lost 26 pounds! well now im at 210 n i need to lose this weight to prove i can do it! I emotionally eat well my dad kinda dont bother with me since he left my step mom linda now his new girlfriend dont like me she told him hes not allowed to see me! that puts a large amount of preasurre n it makes me turn to food for comfort! Well my goal is 120 pounds n i will do it i can do it if anyone want to help me email me ill help you if you help me! :) we cAn do it together!
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From Nicholas, Age 14 - 02/17/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'1", Start: 278 lb, Today: 278 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 278 lb - My Name is Nick... I aspire to become a firefighter and EMT... I weigh 278 pounds! I am a comfort food eater... I tend to be very depressed when i think About certain things... I have two parents who are both divorced, but they have been for a while and im ok with that... But my father had left me a couple of years ago and he left for three years and four years ago he pops onto the scene... (IDK Y) and now i can feel him slipping up again and i think he is gonna leave me again... So you guys who have things like this really6 shouldnt worry... for the longest time i thought my parents break up was on me and that weighed heavy on my mind, but thats ok... you guys just need somethign to get you pshyched up about losing it... TRUST ME!!! I know you can do it, it is a matter of will power and strength, and without that you will fail... look i know how it feels and i am virtually on the... (view more)
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From Isabella, Age 16 - 02/11/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 200 lb, Today: 200 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Hey. Im Isabella. Im new. I am 5 4 and 200 pounds. Im 16 years old. Im a huge emotional eater, and I really need to lose weight. I want to lose 50 pounds. I dont have a time limit, I just want to lose it eventually. Although I am going to L.A. this summer, so it would be nice to close to that weight for that. :) One of the hardest things about losing weight for me is the fact that I live in the middle of no where, so that means no gym, and I have an extra class in place of my lunch at school, so I usually grab something from our vending machines..... very unhealthy, so that presents a daunting task. I really need support to do this!
(PS: Goal 1: 195 by March 1)
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From Erica, Age 15 - 01/17/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 240 lb, Today: 240 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 170 lb - Hey, I'm Erica. So I completely forgot about this site for a couple years. I haven't been on in 2 or 3 years, and I realized from looking at my old posts that in that time I've gained at least 60 pounds. I've tried on and off to lose weight and it's just not working. I'm so addicted to food, I don't know what to do. In the past year or so I've also gotten into the terrible habit of ordering take out when no one else is home... secretly, of course, because I order a ton of unhealthy food. So because of this I've been gaining a lot of weight and spending so much money. I just don't know what to do anymore. I went to the gym with my mom for a few months but now probably haven't been in over a year. I'm barely exercising and eating a ton. I just don't know what to do anymore. Does anyone have any advice? I'm just feeling really stuck. Thanks.
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From ELENA, Age 14 - 01/14/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Start: 210 lb, Today: 210 lb - Hello, i have asthma and i can't exersize for more than like 5 minutes.
I am addicted to chips and pop, i can't stop eating them.
I really have low self esteem. I want to be pretty and thin like most people i know. What can i do?
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From STACE, Age 19 - 01/10/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 181 lb, Today: 163.4 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 130 lb - I stopped exercising and just got back on track and I went from 168 to 163. My weight fluctuates a lot! I mean one week I'm doing good the next I'm binging. I hope I stay on track this time. I was wondering if anyone thinks banana chips are unhealthy. I mean I know it contains a lot of sugar but I just can not lay off of it. I'm totally addicted to it. Can this hinder me from losing more weight or no if I eat in moderation?
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From Tara, Age 17 - 11/17/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 189 lb, Today: 147 lb (BMI %tile: 76), Goal: 120 lb - 37 more pounds until I reach my goal. I've been pigging out but that needs to stop. I thought I'd gained a lot of weight seeing as the last time I weighed myself was months ago but I wasn't but 1-2 lbs heavier than I was when I'd lost a lot of weight. Let's get back on track!!! No chips, buns, candy, soda, cereal (I'm addicted to frosted cereals) soooo pumped!!!!
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From Caragh, Age 17 - 10/20/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 181 lb, Today: 181 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 147 lb - I'm on day five of my current effort to lose weight, I don't want to call it a diet because I'm trying to make permanent healthy changes. I've been doing really well so far, stopping myself from emotional and comfort eating and I'm only realising how big of a problem it was for me that I was in total denial of. I'm finding it really tough today though, I'm stressed and there's lots of goodies in the house. I don't want to go near them because I know in my current mindset I'd probably just pig out and not be able to just have a small portion. I don't need it and I'm just telling myself it's not worth it. I thought I'd come on here instead of stuffing my face and I might take my dog for a walk so I get away from the food. My weigh-in day is Thursday and I really want to lose 2 pounds by then. It's so hard :(
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From Amanda, Age 14 - 10/09/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'0", Start: 260 lb, Today: 304 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 100 lb - Things are going REALLY bad for me! I think I'm ADDICTED to FOOD, I read about that on the web but what can I do??? I TRY to eat RIGHT but I go CRAZY until I eat stuff that TASTES GOOD! I can barely FIT into the desks at school. They PUSH on my stomach but I DON'T want to sit at a table! That would be SO EMBARASSING! My ankles and knees HURT so much just walking between classes. When I went OVER 200 I thought that was so huge and it couldn't get ANY worse! Going over 300 seemed IMpossible! Now I would LOVE to only be 200 because that would be 100 pounds less and SO much EASIER to MOVE and BREATHE! I feel like I can't HANDLE any more WEIGHT. It's like I'm carrying a MOUNTAIN when I walk and even WORSE going UP stairs. I know I NEED to stop OVEReating, but I TRY my BEST to diet and CAN'T!
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From Alessandra, Age 19 - 09/23/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 205 lb, Today: 205 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 150 lb - Today I just realized that i weigh 205 pounds,the heaviest i have in my entire life. I knew that i gained weight but not to this extent. I weighed 180 last time i checked which was a year ago. I have always been on the chunky side even with my height but now ive gone too far. I had a really tough year and have just endulged myself with food because of stress. I am now determined to eat healthy and start excercising more to get it off. I hope i am determined enough to do this

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