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Do you eat out of boredom?


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I often wonder if my problem was just boredom. Alot of people seem to have deeper issues behind their eating problems, which makes me wonder if I have some issues as well? Is it self-consciousness? Low self-esteem? I'm not sure, sometimes i just don't understand myself at all....

For anyone who reads this: Why do you think that YOU binge(or used to)??

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i've been trying to answer that myself but can't seem to come up w/ an answer.  i'm not sure is it from a strict diet for a long time that now my body has snapped back at me by binging or it can also be from emotional issues, like depression.  it can even be both.  i just don't know.

I'm so like that.  I think what am I going to do this evening and if I have no plans I think what am I going to eat. 

I know that I eat out of boredom . I eat when I am depressed, anxiety ridden , happy. I love food and it has been my source of comfort when there has been no other. I never had a wt. problem until the last few yrs. I went through menopause by the time I was 42  and that is when I started gaining.  I eat until I am in agony and then I am disgusted with myself for being weak.  I just know that when I feel upset something hot and cheesy makes me feel better.  Olives and cheese and smoked oysters are my downfall. I love them and they perk me up. I am not really into pies, cakes, cookies though do binge on them if I must LOLWink

I blow it and then get back on the bandwagon but I must say that I am sick of getting on the band wagon and sick of trying.

See, I've always eaten what I wanted when I wanted, all my life! And never gained a pound. I was one of those teenage girls with skinny legs, no meat on me, no boobs etc LOL....then when I hit like 17/18 I started slowly gaining some weight. ( I also had 2 kids at age 19 & 21) but I didn't mind because all of my friends and family were telling me that I was ''filling out nicely'' and it suited me. My face got plumper and it was a good look for me. But when I started progressing from size 3 onto size 5 then to 7/8 and 9/10 YIKES!!

 I've always wondered why or how people let themself get obese (yes I was young and naive) now I see that it creeps up on you when you least expect it The reason I decided to make a change in my eating habits is because of a few things:

1) All of my clothes are getting tighter and tigther... and I can't afford to buy new ones just yet.

2) I have 2 kids and I can't chase them around like I used to, I was VERY active when younger but now not so much.

3) I am TERRIFIED of all of the people dying from cancer, heart attacks, etc and I know that weight isn't the only thing that matters, its what I'm eating and how I'm treating my body.

I don't know why I eat this way, and it's gotten almost uncontrollable, but at least now I realize, OK my weight might be the one thing in my life I can control when everything else seems out of whack (like bf, kids, bills, $$$, life).

I most definately eat out of boredom.   I also eat when I'm sitting in front of the TV, and often I eat too much because I don't keep track of what or how much I'm eating.  Also, at the summer camp I work at, there are always snacks in the counselor room for us.  Everyone on the staff  brings in food at least once a summer.  it does NOT help my diet.

I never had an issue with weight or eating habits until I got a boring job working in the headoffice of a major supermarket.  The buyers would drop yummy samples of all sorts on our desks all the time - I soon found out that eating can be really entertaining and so I learnt how to eat without being hungry at all.  I am no longer working there so that helps and so long as I am not to tired then I can keep a handle on it.  If I am overtired I tend to eat in zombie mode probably for the sugar to keep me going.

That is the major reason why I am overweight. I eat out of boredom. I started doing so when I was a child and I'm afraid my children will do so as well. I would always get up and compulsively open cupboards and the fridge just because it was a motion that would pass time. Cooking, was another motion that would help pass the time. Or driving to a restraunt. Now I find that there are other, better activities that help to pass the time.

I just ate a package of shortbread cookies because I'm bored.  I used a paper clip to carve little faces on them and made little screaming voices, had them plead to me, and in the end I slowly nibbled away on them.

Not hungry.  Don't care for shortbread cookies.  Was just purely bored and a nurse let me dip into her stash.

Usually I don't eat when I'm bored, but I'm really, really, really bored over here. :|
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Yes, this is why I am banned from peanut butter.

I am sure that I eat when I am bored, because I eat the most when I am home alone and have nothing planned for the day. I will sit in front of the T.V and go the refrigerator every 30 minutes and get something to eat. I think that when our mind is not occupied.. we need something to think about.. so we tend to think about all the yummy treats that are hidden in the kitchen! Thats one reason I try to keep myself busy, so that I dont think about what I should eat next!! I think that it happens to most of us, because some of my friends have confessed to over-eating when they are home alone and bored. So you are not alone in this.

Some people are also emotional eaters though.. so if you find yourself eating when you are sad, anxious or unhappy.. then it shows that you eat when you are getting emotional. Did you know that food can also act as anti-depressant for some people by releasing hormones that actually make you feel good? Who would have guessed that our body is trying to lure us into eating more? If you do find yourself eating when you are in a bad mood or depressed, I would recommend you to do something that makes you feel better, or talk to someone instead of getting something to eat. Afterall, all these things do the same thing.. make you feel less sad and more at ease!

Is anyone else a student that eats while doing school work or studying? It's like my justified break to stop what I'm doing and go get a snack... I'm actually taking a break right now... but luckily I've decided what I'm eating for the rest of the evening and I know I'll be studying the rest of the night, so i'm holding off!  I'm almost done my last course (tomorrow night), so hopefully that'll be the end of my studying binging!

definitely trying to fill a void.. feel better

I definitely know I eat out of boredom: today was proof.  Normally, I have a very hard time not thinking about food, but I had a project to work on (trying to sew my own bathing suit) and as monotonous as that was, I had no desire at all to eat today.  I never even thought about food until my stomach started growling...I need to get more hobbies!
Original Post by shuber84:

That is the major reason why I am overweight. I eat out of boredom. I started doing so when I was a child and I'm afraid my children will do so as well. I would always get up and compulsively open cupboards and the fridge just because it was a motion that would pass time. Cooking, was another motion that would help pass the time. 

 Wow, I'm EXACTLY like this...or I was...Looking in the cupboards and fridge was like an hourly routine. It's sad really when our lives get so dull that we turn to food for comfort. Our men or children can't comfort us enough...I've got to find more activities in my own life, that much I know!

Original Post by baby_creature:

Is anyone else a student that eats while doing school work or studying? It's like my justified break to stop what I'm doing and go get a snack... I'm actually taking a break right now... but luckily I've decided what I'm eating for the rest of the evening and I know I'll be studying the rest of the night, so i'm holding off!  I'm almost done my last course (tomorrow night), so hopefully that'll be the end of my studying binging!

Oi.  I definitely do this.  I'll be sitting at the computer, trying to do work, but I just end up reaching over for snacks.  I would go through huge boxes of 100 calorie packs from Costco within like a week; they have like 30 packs in there!

During the school year, I ended up maintaining my weight because of my boredom-eating but now that it's summer and I'm able to do more active things I find myself eating less.

I definitely eat out of boredom, i also eat when i am stressed.

I think for me their is something really relaxing about it . I have learned to not eat just because i am laying around when i am watching TV and try really hard to see between eating when i am bored and when i am actually hungry. Something i have been trying lately is when i feel like i am just going to eat because i am bored i work out instead! Either i go for a run, or if its late i have one of those giant balls and i work out while i watch tv.

I also try to have the low cal/ healthy version of everything i would crave in the house. whole wheat pastas, skinny cow ice cream ect, so if i feel a craving i can at least eat the heathier version of it.

I can definitely eat out of boredom, I have done it plenty of tiems until I stated catching myself doing it.

I also used to eat to stay awake, when I would work midnights.

Best way to it resolve it is to catch yourself in the act, and ask "Am I really Hungry?"

I will eat off plan for multiple reasons: boredom, stress, visual queues, anger, frustration or social pressure (not food pushers, just a social situation).  I read somewhere that food is the only acceptable drug for children, so you learn in childhood to make yourself feel better with food and then that follows you into adulthood.  I find it helps if I can take a step back and acknowledge why I want to eat off plan.  Sometimes I still go and do it, sometimes I can talk myself off the ledge.  I always thought the saying "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" was corny, but I realized the other day that when I feel tiny, I feel great and nothing does taste that good.  I do a lot of self talk "you've had that before and you know it's not that good", "you're just bored", "you'll feel miserable later", "that will just make you tired or upset your stomach (or some other GI complaint)", "you have a car and a wallet, if you really want it, you can go buy it later", "wait until you really want it, don't just eat because you have the opportunity to do so".  I also try to distract myself -- once I get involved in something else, I can usually survive until the urge to binge passes. 

i think the reason people eat out of boredom is due to the fact that your thoughts more easily turn to food if you have nothing to do...best way to combat it is to drink a herbal tea, or pop some chewing gum in your mouth, then atleast your satisfying your boredom a bit!

I try to chew gum as well or brush my teeth. It doesn't always work. It also doesn't help that there's always commercials on about these foods and they look so good! Plus, I really love watching Food Network, I'm obssessed with tryin the recipes!!

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