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Unhappy Over-eatting - July 21st 2018, 08:49 AM

I know I already posted a thread today but... I do need advice.

Since I was maybe 8, I stole food. At first it was simple. Few extra m and ms from the christmas jar or an extra cookie that's small. But as i got older it grew to tubs of frosting, entire torrillas, anything sweet or salty and sometime even extra meat. The consquence? I'm wdited pounds over weight and near diabetes. My parents tried doing the edited diet with me but we did it wrong and made us sick. I've been confronted and my parents are always angry about but could tell I was ashamed. Yet I keep doing it. It's just another thing. I don't know why I do it. Which is a problem when trying to recover. I mean, I have better control elsewhere mainly because I don't want people to see me as a pig. I have gotten better but it's still a problem. I have tried the drinking water trick when I'm hungry but nothing happens. How do I control myself?

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Re: Over-eatting - July 21st 2018, 02:08 PM

I have moved this over to the eating disorders forum, because I think you'll get better advice here.

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Re: Over-eatting - July 21st 2018, 10:10 PM


I am so sorry that you are having a hard time with this right now and I hope you will be okay soon.
Can you try talking with someone about this and see if they are able to talk to you're parents so that they can help you out with this. Are you able to make an appointment with you're doctor and let them know that you are having a hard time with this or see if you're school is open and you can try talking with a teacher or school counselor and tell them what is going on. Or can you try talking with you're friends and see if you're friends parents can talk with you're parents. I hope that you are able to get some help with this.

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Re: Over-eatting - July 27th 2018, 12:39 PM

That's really hard to imagine how to stop that habit. But for me, I suggest that you should replace that food with a small amount but great satisfaction. You overeat because you are still not yet satisfied. Best of luck!
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Re: Over-eatting - July 31st 2018, 09:17 AM

It seems like you are going through a hard situation. In that you can take advise from one of the health expert who will guide you properly or else you can tell your parents still they are angry with you but also they should know what is the actual scenario. I hope they will help you.
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Re: Over-eatting - August 1st 2018, 05:24 AM

Thank you for reaching out to us for help. It's very brave of you to open up. I feel one of the marks of disordered eating (not necessarily an eating disorder, but disordered eating) is the feeling of a loss of control. I hear you expressing you feel you no longer have control over your behavior, and I would say that it is at that point you might want to consider outside help.

You stated that when your parents confront you with your behavior they seem angry, but can tell you are ashamed. I imagine that your parents' anger must come from some form of concern. Do you think maybe you could open up to your parents about what's going on? If you feel comfortable you can let them know you do in fact feel ashamed and that you would like outside help. Whether you want that to be your parents or someone else is up to you. Some find it beneficial to have family members help them overcome eating obstacles, others not so much. But at any rate, you would have two people in your corner who would know what's going on and who could support you in learning healthier eating behaviors.

I would suggest finding a therapist if possible, or, if you have one, talking to them about this. Disordered eating patterns don't come from nowhere. It's possible there was stress in your life or something that like that around the age this started that needs to be processed. The food hoarding might be a response to an anxiety trigger or a method you learned to cope with distress/discomfort.

We're here for you. Good luck, and please feel free to PM/VM me if you need anything else. Take care.

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Re: Over-eatting - August 2nd 2018, 12:03 AM

Like Jordan (Dance Commander) suggested, getting outside help when you no longer feel like you have control over what you're doing is immensely beneficial for a lot of people. You could try seeing a nutritionist who specializes in eating disorders / disordered eating and that person could help with strategies to help you manage your meals, snacks, exercise etc. You could also try a therapist to talk about strategies to manage the thoughts and behaviours behind this.
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