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Why do/did you over eat??

A comment on another thread got me thinking... do you know why, beyond "I just like food", you eat and eat and eat?

I think, as a child I attached eating with my emotions. I am a military brat and moved a lot. I found food a constant unlike my life. From there, I attacted food to everyday actions, such as movies, birthdays, and "relaxing". Food is in every facet of my life, because I made it so.

Tue. Nov 13, 12:29pm

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I overeat because I love high-calorie convenience food and because quite frankly it's easy to overeat. I have big portions, big plates, big spoons. I eat quickly and without thought. I eat mindlessly and out of rote. I'd like to think that food filled some inner emotional need of mine, but the truth is that it doesn't. I am guilty of not paying attention and taking the path of least resistance. My waistline shows it too. I have tried not to diet, but instead to place a higher priority on good nutrition and proper portions (kind of the same thing, but one mindset says 'I can't have that' and the other is 'I need to eat/do these things to be at my best').

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 12:36 PM

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I never really overate, I just liked to eat things that seem to expand my waistline - bread, pasta, pizza, ice cream, cookies. Some people can eat refined carbs and convenience food with no consequences. I am not one of those lucky people!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 12:48 PM

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I would plan my whole day around some super yummy dinner and wine. started wtih cheese and crackers, a big meal and dessert. If I was stressed or tired at work, I would eat what ever I wanted for lunch at the cafeteria.
It was how I was rewarding myself for working so hard.
now I plan around eating something healthy and my reward is a fun exercise.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 2:29 PM

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I ate to hide the pain.
Lots of bad stuff in my childhood and food was there to give me comfort. I still don't understand how it works. It seems stupid that food could do that but it did and still does sometimes. The sad thing is that when you are done eating the help or comfort you received is gone and you are stuck with health issues.
So ya emotional issues and stress, that is what got me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 5:18 PM

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i overeat to give myself comfort (as other posters said, it's helps with emotional distress) and also, i think, out of some self-hatred. i also overeat when i'm under stress... i think for similar issues as above around hoping that eating will make me feel better.... it's a very long journey to get out of this habit but it's possible!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 1:16 AM

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