Why do we eat when we're depressed?

@Pleiades (846)
United States
March 12, 2009 4:58pm CST
Boo hoo...my boyfriend broke up with me last night so what did I do first thing this morning? I dove into a bag of Cheetos and craved chocolate. Why do we eat when we're depressed? If so, what do you tend to want to eat or drink? *Pleiades
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@gicolet (1703)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I once got very depressed and did that too. We call it "comfort foods". I ate and ate til I was full to my stomach then I watched tv and fell asleep. I've heard about comfort foods before as some people resort to when they're depressed. I never thought I would do it myself and only realized it when I found myself not crying and felt like my mind was exhausted and did not want to think anymore about my problem...so off I went to the pantry and ate whatever I could. Sorry to hear about your break up but try to not eat snacks between meals. Take care.
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@Pleiades (846)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Thank you. What I couldn't stop doing was crying...I did that more than I ate. Then, while I was at the computer plotting and planning things, I felt all that depression just lift away from me. Boy, I'm glad that happened. Now I'm not the raging monster to the rest of the world and am pretty much back to my normal happy self. *Pleiades
@ds6413 (2074)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I am not one to eat when I feel sad and depressed. I can not make myself eat. Sorry to hear about your break up.
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@Pleiades (846)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Thank you. He is still a good friend...but it's the pain of not having a man out there who loves me like I did him that hurts. Men just ______! *Pleiades
• Canada
12 Mar 09
Food is such a comfort to a lot of people. Sometimes, it reminds them of being taken care of by mom or grandma or someone else they care about. Sometimes, it means giving in to things they normally deny themselves because it cheers them up and they feel like they are being good to themselves or spoiling themselves ("even if no one else will," kind of thinking). I'm really not an emotional eater. It's always frustrated me, when I've had some weight to lose, that the first implication is always that I must eat if I'm bored or angry or sad or what have you. Admittedly, I'll sometimes go looking for a snack when I'm bored (and then, it's usually something salty like chips or pretzels) but really not for any other reason. In fact, if I'm pretty upset, the last thing I think about is food. I go in the complete opposite direction and stop eating :(
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@Pleiades (846)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I've done that too (not eating) but that was after he left to go back to Iraq. Funny that after he called it off I went the opposite and started eating. *Pleiades