is comfort eating an eating disorder?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by blondeellen, Jun 12, 2011.

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  1. blondeellen

    blondeellen Well-Known Member

    for most of my teenage years i have comfort eaten. but im not sure if it counts as an eating disorder and i need help or not :S
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    comfort eating is a coping skill that is what you do to make you feel better.
    Talking to someone about what it is you are trying to cover up with food will help you more in the end You can get new ways to deal with whatever it is
    that is hurting you inside hugs
  3. Caster

    Caster Well-Known Member

    It depends on to what extent you are comfort eating. Hence, how it affects your weight. Some people comfort eat and aren't all that overweight if so at all. Others tend to develop weight problems from it. Either way, I don't think it's an actual "disorder".

    Like total eclipse said, it's more of a coping mechanism such as drinking or smoking. It's different for everyone I guess...I tend to choose alcohol versus food when I'm upset. Hope this helps.
  4. blondeellen

    blondeellen Well-Known Member

    thankyou. im too young to use alcohol when im upset
  5. ZombiePringle

    ZombiePringle Forum Buddy and Antiquities Friend

    As was already said its your way to cope. Me... I play videogames or watch stuff. If it hasn't become an overeating issue then you should be okay.
  6. Datura

    Datura Well-Known Member

    This is by no means a coping skill. There is nothing 'skillful' about turning to food as a source of comfort.

    The "extent" doesn't matter, because even if it's 'mild,' there is psychologically something wrong, and it could easily spiral out of control. Better to address a 'mild' problem before it can do more damage.
  7. the masked depressant

    the masked depressant Well-Known Member

    like many people here, i'd say it was more of a coping strategy.
  8. roscho

    roscho Well-Known Member

    Perhaps a form of self medication. I have done it, but have also used numerous other distractions. I wonder what drives what we use.
  9. Medusa.

    Medusa. Well-Known Member

    There is a disorder called binge eating disorder and complusive over eating disorder. I think it depends on how it's affecting you on whether you need help or not, from this post I can't tell if it's bad or not.
    I also wanna say aren't all eating disorders coping mechanisms I mean I know mine is.
  10. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    A disorder, and its severity, is defined by how much it interferes in one's life and whether it promotes behaviors that are not in our best interest...if you are concerned, then it is a problem for you, and speaking to someone might help...J
  11. blondeellen

    blondeellen Well-Known Member

    hey thanks for all your responces. last summer at my heaviest i was 14 stone and i have dieted all year but when bad things happen or im in a bad mood i feel like i need food and i revert back
  12. Simons

    Simons Member

    Yes it might be the problem and usually it happens with many people and i believe it and thanks for telling new things about eating disorder.
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