Do you eat out of boredom?

@ugachaka (297)
United States
January 24, 2007 5:36pm CST
I was watching tv the other night and wasn't really paying attention to the commercials. A Weight Watcher's one came on and the woman was talking about learning to tell the difference between when you're actually hungry and just eating out of boredom. It made me realize just how often I do this myself. I think that I eat healthier than most people, but our house is always stocked with food and sometimes I eat just because I'm standing up. Do you ever find yourself eating just for something to do and not because you need to eat?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I eat out of boredom and when I'm stressed, which are behaviors that I am really trying hard to change. Eating out of boredom is actually quite common. I've read that you should try writing down every single thing that you consume for several days and "rate" your hunger on a scale of 1-10 in order to get some insight into whether or not you are actually hungry or are just eating because the food is there.
@82idiots (595)
• United States
24 Jan 07
You darn right I do! I eat a lot, and for a lot of reasons!
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yep, and its not a good habit.
• Italy
25 Jan 07
mmh no!
@Bittiez (52)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Ha! Yes, i bet at least 70% of the time i eat, i eat out of boredom, but i am not fat, its sort of weird but i guess I'm lucky :) I am out of shape though.. not shape, but like i can't run even half a mile
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes i always eat out of boredom especially when i am watching tv.
@rlshaw (872)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes, unfortunatly I do eat out of boredom.. I hate it.. I'm home all day with the kids and I always feel like I don't eat that much but then I think ... wow, all the little things I grab through out the day. Wish I knew how to stop it!!
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I find myself in this situation at times, but the good thing is I don't have any snacks or ready to eat food stock up. What I do is just open and close the refridgerator and then find myself going back to the refridgerator and doing the same thing over and over again.
@bsabers (668)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I eat out of boredom all the time and it's not a good thing. Some days I Just have nothing to do so i'll just sit around and snack all day. Luckily I workout quite often so i'm not gaining a lot of weight.
@aldehg (26)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
hmm.. me, yeah! :D
• India
25 Jan 07
When I get excasively bored or become excessively happy I smoke. And releives alot. but I like eeating some snacksa while watching movie or listening songs or even working in my computer.
@mbarryton (1872)
• United States
25 Jan 07
i eat outta boredom and when i have no cigs or low on them, the funny thing is im 105lbs and cant seem to gain but ive been told it could catch up to me and thats ok i could go for a few more lbs lol
@Shukaru (167)
• Romania
25 Jan 07
Yes, of course! i like eating in the kitchen were I have all the facilities i need: fridge, dishes, cans and all the food i want :)
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
25 Jan 07
I too eat from boredom. I mean, its the only daily pleasure that is a certainly? And you can do it while you are doing things that are not pleasant...like working. That is why we overeat in my opinion.
@dazappa (25)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes I do, mostly ice cream or popcorn in fact, and I eat sweets just because they taste good.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I always eat out of boredeom. I know if I could stop that would be a HUGE help in losing a lot of my weight. I try to keep veggies cut up for my boredom hunger attacks but it is easier to go for the good stuff. Which we don't actually have much of lately because I cut back on buying it!
• United States
25 Jan 07
Sometimes I eat just because we have good snacks in the kitchen. Or I eat while I am watching TV. But I do try to eat only when I am hungry. Sometimes when I feel like eating something, I will stop and ask myself "Am I really hungry?" If the answer is no, then I will not eat it.
@nikaka (185)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
eating is not lways a bad thing u know
@nikaka (185)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
yes and i cant stop
• United States
25 Jan 07
I uste to eat out of boredom. But now I'm so consious about my weight that I've tought myself to stop. I try and drink water when I think I'm hungry. I hate eating just out of boredom and i've learned that food taste so much better when you're actually really hungry.
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yeah all the time, I always eat when I'm watching TV or on the Computer. Eating is always easy to pass the time. Luckily it doesn't effect me because of my metabolism.
@anabaik (206)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 07
ya, sometime i find myself eating just for something to do and not because i really need to eat. i call that discipline.