When did you first start overeating or emotionally eating?

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    Dec 03, 2012 8:28 AM GMT
    I know this might not apply to everyone but when did you first start overeating or emotionally eating?

    I was twelve and it was while one of my cousins from up north lived with us. The people on my dads side of the family have a history for their love affair with food. My dad was especially rough during this phase of my life so I was trying to cope. My cousin was up one night making fishsticks and using maple syrup as a glaze. We were po'. I remember watching him make this project poutine and something in me arose. I ate with him and no words had to be said. I did this many nights and not always with him. After a while I just ate complusively and the more my dad criticized me for how I ate and how much I ate even more to cope. I didn't know what else to do but eat. It was my backbone and my friend.
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    Dec 03, 2012 9:03 AM GMT
    It will be interesting to see if this thread goes anywhere here on RJ

    I for one never have had food issues, just that I can never seem to eat enough and loose weight way too easily
  • Pontifex

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    Dec 03, 2012 9:08 AM GMT
    I started when I woke up this morning and I'm just about finished.

    For as long as I remember I've eaten to feel better. You can actually look at the pictures of me through the years and when things were going great I was obviously thinner. For no other reason than I was eating because I didn't have a better way of dealing with things. When I had interests that kept me busy and good friends around I was considerably healthier and didn't have that problem.
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    Dec 03, 2012 9:23 AM GMT
    Pontifex saidI started when I woke up this morning and I'm just about finished.

    For as long as I remember I've eaten to feel better. You can actually look at the pictures of me through the years and when things were going great I was obviously thinner. For no other reason than I was eating because I didn't have a better way of dealing with things. When I had interests that kept me busy and good friends around I was considerably healthier and didn't have that problem.


    Im the same way. Although I use food to handle any emotion. Joy, anger, depression, boredom, alienation, etc. It took me a long time how to learn how to deal with my emotions in a productive way.
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    Dec 03, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    After I had that last joint.
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    Dec 03, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    I kept a good bod most my life, eating well, pretty active swimmer & boater with lots of time on and in the water: it keeps ya fit.

    Puffed up for the first time mid 30s when I lost the love of my life (profile pic of fatted me with wolfpuppy). Got back into good shape right after that and maintained that thru most of my 40s, enjoyed another great relationship but then lost to death concurrently partner right when I quit my career to spend the rest of my life with him, wolfpup, & then my mom who I was caring for at the end of her life. As if life hadn't thrown enough shit my way, while in mourning, some of my closest, neediest friends betrayed me.

    In my devastation I dove into packages of mallomars and buckets of ice cream. I can't believe what I let life do to me. Life is the enemy. I got up to about 23% body fat such that it was uncomfortable to be in my own skin and getting that off of me is currently my battle. I'm down to the high teens but still have a long way to go. I get it down some but it pops back up and then down again, The depression still weighs on me and so I am working hard to get my thoughts right, building the proper structures in my brain to get me over this bit of troubled water.

    Sometimes experience isn't worth the pain of having gone through it as I'm finding this is way more difficult to fix in my 50s than it was in my 30s. Keep yourself in the best shape you can for as long as you can. Getting it back is a bitch.
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    Dec 03, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
    College.... stress got to me...and junk food helped keep me awake during all nighters. Gained a lot of weight and eventually got It off after graduating. I keep a clean diet but everytime something goes wrong I regress for a week or two. How do you guys not give in to the cravings?
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    Dec 03, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Durbdoc saidCollege.... stress got to me...and junk food helped keep me awake during all nighters. Gained a lot of weight and eventually got It off after graduating. I keep a clean diet but everytime something goes wrong I regress for a week or two. How do you guys not give in to the cravings?


    I simply refuse to eat. Whenever I feel myself getting to the point where I need the foods I love to binge on I just distract myself with something else until I'm no longer hungry or rather no longer hungry for the stuff I shouldn't be eating.
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    Dec 04, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    Cool responses i never would have thought this was an issue for these guys.
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    Dec 04, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    When I was about 6.
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    Dec 04, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    When I was 5years old. Recently, went to a hypnotherapist to deal with overeating and binges. Under hypnosis, it first started as a little boy climbing up a kitchen chair, onto the counter and into the top shelf of the cupboard to get two cookies.