(Original post by rachelrainbow32)
18/20. Remember michelle of pop idol, that size.
She was more like a 28, wasn't she? And now she is down to something like an 18. Apparently 47% of British women are size 16 or above.
To the OP: it sounds as if you're having trouble coping with bad events and stressed in your life, which is totally normal. We all have different coping strategies and some people are better than others at getting over bad things. What it is important for you to know is that your method of coping is totally normal - a lot of people comfort eat.
However, you seem to be taking it to the extreme, you're almost binging, I would say, and that can lead to other problems. After you've eaten a lot, you have to put the episode behind you. Once its done, its done and you have to move on. Poica suggests snacking on healthier foods but that may not work for you, because healthy foods don't have the psychological effect that healthy foods do. Your problem isn't with food
, its with why
you eat food and that's the part that you might want to work on.
I'm no professional but I've found this website useful in the past:
I always try to anticipate how I'd feel if I had a bad day and what I'd want to do afterwards. Therefore, when it happens, I find I'm more able to deal with it because I think, "Ok, I knew that something bad had to happen at some point, but I've got my plan to deal with it and that's what I'm going to do". I find it useful, when I want to comfort eat, to just have one chocolate bar and then wait half an hour. If I still 'need' another one, I'll have another one and then stop. That amount of sugar normally does the trick, along with some sleep. Also, having a good cry is a healthy way of releasing stress and pent-up emotions. Overall: gaining weight is not a crime or a sin, it is something that people do, and a size 18/20 is not 'disgusting' or anything that people might say.