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 Mandy, Age 18 - 05/26/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 195 lb, Today: 195 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 130 lb - Ok so i have always been overweight growing up, but recently ive been a little more then just overweight and have been gaining a lot in a short amount of time. Ive always been ok with being bigger i guess but now it really sucks that i cant even fit into clothes i got for chirstmas. I definatly eat when i am bored, like i will eat a small snack while watcing tv, and then like every commercial i get up to eat another small snack. But lately it seems to be taking a bigger toll on my weight then usual. which is also making my appetite bigger because im gaining weight and being able to eat more. I am planning on going on a diet soon but dont know how to cut out my snacking habbit. its like a part of my daily routine almost to snack all the time but still eat large amounts at meal time. advice? anyone in the same boat?

From Ellie, Age 13 - 05/10/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 163 lb, Today: 142 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 125 lb - You know what I figured out?
It might sound stupid, but it's the closest i've ever come to an epiphany. Ok, here it is;
I was thinking to myself, wow, i'm really fat. I can't even fit into the shorts I just got. That's really actually very depressing.
Then, I had the sudden urge to go get a fudgsicle, even though we had just had lunch 10 minutes ago and I was really full. Right after I thought that, it hit me. I wasn't hungry. That was my epiphany. Eating isn't supposed to be meant the way that overweight and obese people use it. It's not some kind of coping mechanism, it's a way of keeping your body ALIVE. Not your solution to boredom or like me, being fat. So, I've been thinking lately before I pick up a piece of food, Am I hungry? Do I really need this, or am I just bored or upset?
It usually works :)
Like I said, might sound crazy but It's... (view more)

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From Madi, Age 17 - 05/10/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 286 lb, Today: 286 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 180 lb - Im having such a hard time. I just got worse news about my health and its becoming too much for me to handle. It just makes me want to eat more.
Im very frustrated and tired. I dont know where to start....
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From Mel - 05/07/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My Story---and My Advice
I am a twin. I have a twin brother. Both of my brothers are really athletic and such, and they've managed to keep a decent weight. Not too flabby, not too muscular. But my dad, my mom, my sister and I have some how ended up overweight...Of course this is because we refrain from tons of physical activity.
My parents don't buy lots of healthy food, and it gets hard to find something healthy to eat. Yeah, they buy wheat bread, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, milk etc... but it's the tempting stuff that you notice...the chips, chocolate, soda, left-over takeout etc... I think that if my parents had bought healthier food when I was young I don't think I would've ended up this way...I wouldn't be an emotional eater...Now I know it's not fair to blame them...but sometimes it seems like the only reason I ended up this way...that and they've knocked... (view more)

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From Madi, Age 17 - 04/27/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 286 lb, Today: 286 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 180 lb - Hey everyone. I don't know what to do anymore. I am not motivated but I want to be. I used to be active, but I was much younger. Im extremly over weight and I was just diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. This is to much. I have a eating problem and go to food when im sad or bored or stressed. Im so lost and dont know what to do. Any advice?
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From Bianca, Age 16 - 03/22/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'10", Start: 255 lb, Today: 255 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 160 lb - okay so i havent been on this in quite sometime. i've actually gained way lately which isn't good at all. i seem to always find myself snacking or eating when i'm depressed. i'm trying to find something else to do in the meantime but i can't. i've been trying to work out but it's so hard doing everything and balancing it with my real life, especially school. any tips or workouts or advice possible please just let me know.or email me at or my myspace at THANKS!

From Tyra, Age 11 - 03/01/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 130 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 120 lb - Ok. My name is Tyra and Im 157 pounds at the age 11.Last year 2008-2007 I was 130 pounds. Then i gained 25 pounds in 1 year. Im not toatally fat but getting there if anyone cant help me stop eating when im bored I will be very happy. Contact me here""
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From anni, Age 13 - 02/12/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'3", Start: 139 lb, Today: 135 lb (BMI %tile: 89), Goal: 129 lb - I always eat when im bored! Any ideas how to stop?
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From Tina, Age 17 - 02/02/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 203 lb, Today: 190 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 130 lb - I notice I over eat when I am really depressed problem is I am getting more depressed each day. Im not sure why I feel like this I just do. Does anyone know where I can get help? like a website or hotline. I cant talk to anyone I know. Im not ready to but I do want help.
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From brooke, Age 14 - 01/29/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2.5", Start: 135 lb, Today: 135 lb (BMI %tile: 87), Goal: 110 lb - you know what i just realized. i ate lunch and i was completely full but i started to think about food and i wanted more but i knew it would make me sick if i ate it. i think thats why i gained alot of weight, i ate til i was full but i just want the comfort of food or whatever. its really weird.
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From Talia, Age 12 - 01/28/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 100 lb, Today: 125 lb (BMI %tile: 88), Goal: 100 lb - I eat because I'm sad. I lost my aunt,uncle,grandma,and grandpa.My family calls me "cubbas". It hurts so I eat.Thats my life. But I need to stop eating or I'm goning to lose my health.I try to lose weight but I gain it all back.
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From ally, Age 10 - 01/27/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 4'11", Start: 105 lb, Today: 110 lb (BMI %tile: 92), Goal: 95 lb - i eat when im board sad mad i am mad at my self but im mad that i don't know how to stop its just like the food is calling out to me ally ally im very active but i just gain weight i will try to eat less though but when i bring it up with my mom she just says your a kid your grow out of it but she was a skinny kid

From Ben, Age 13 - 01/23/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 234 lb, Today: 212 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - Well, I never thought I was an emotional eater...I know that I'm a bored eater, but emotional, ugh... Sure, I've been losing weight, but it's more muscle mass than fat. :( I know it, because I've barely lost any inches whatsoever. I just...can't resist the foods my parents buy...I feel...mad when I know I have a stomach full of junk...and I'll get small portions of alot of things...Like, 2 cookies of this, a few table spoons of this, and a few chips, and then a few minutes later, I'll do the same thing...
It makes me want to starve myself...

From Kayleigh, Age 18 - 01/20/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 252 lb, Today: 252 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 126 lb - Just turned 18 and i'm morbidly obese I weigh 18 stone (252 pounds),I used to be a healthy 10 stone (140 pounds). I started balloning up after my long term boyfriend dumped me for a prettier,skinner girl. I think I started comfort eating. I have gained 8 stone and my stomach is massive and it hurts my back because it's so big. All my sexy smaller clothes are way to small. I wanna get down to 9 stone (126 pounds) 10st was healthy for me but nine will be better. Any tips and how long will it take?

From James, Age 14 - 01/12/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'8", Start: 162 lb, Today: 180 lb (BMI %tile: 96), Goal: 148 lb - Hi I have been bullied alot in my life and I ahve been eating alot and I have gained alot of weight I am addicted to cookies love them
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