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    I have gained just over a stone in the past 9 months. I am 6'2'' and weigh about 15.5 stone now, so I think that makes me overweight. Thing is I want to loose weight but I really do not have the will power. I will eat minimal one day, then the next day just pig out and eat as much as I want, I seem to have lost all willpower to eat healthy as well.
    Eating makes me feel good as well, which I find a bit strange.
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    I avoid "comfort eating" by viewing food in terms of money spent. It's entirely possible to last a week on £12 of food if you know how to cook.
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    I have gained just over a stone in the past 9 months. I am 6'2'' and weigh about 15.5 stone now, so I think that makes me overweight. Thing is I want to loose weight but I really do not have the will power. I will eat minimal one day, then the next day just pig out and eat as much as I want, I seem to have lost all willpower to eat healthy as well.
    Eating makes me feel good as well, which I find a bit strange.

    Over-eating can be a sign of depression. Many people describe their experience with depression as an absence of feeling and so they may compensate for this by eating. The foods they choose are usually simple and unhealthy, like treats of childhood, when these were guarantees of happiness. And it works a little because eating can simulate feelings of happiness. However, many people only feel good as long as they are eating and after consumption, their former emptiness is restored, often accompanied by feelings of guilt and regret. Changing bad habits is difficult when depressed for the disease facilitates submission.

    At the extreme end of this are binge-eating disorders of which I am less knowledgeable.

    If you feel like you might be depressed, obviously it is advisable that you seek professional help. It may be useful research other symptoms of depression on reputable sites. I wish you the best.
 
 
 
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