Overeaters Anonymous - Need to just get it out...




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UglyFatFriend
02-17-2009, 03:58 PM
Just wanted to get some things off my head and let the addiction go, and quit letting it win by hiding it...

I have never been 'clinically' diagnosed or anything but i know that i have a problem! It was not uncommon for me to go through a drive thu and order 2, and on occasion 3 meals (because if you order 3 drinks it looks to them like your getting it for 3 people not just yourself) and eat them all....or to order 2 pizzas and have them eaten by the next morning, or to get up in the middle of the night and eat that nights left overs because i couldnt stop thinking about them sitting in the fridge. I was rarely hungry when i ate, i ate soley because i was bored or lonely usually....i have grasped this issue in the past few months and can say with great satisfaction that i have not had any binges in the last 3 months, but the thought is and will probably always be there, this group has helped me SO much to realize that i am not a 'freak' there is a reason for this, and most of all i am not alone....so thank you for sharing your stories and making this just that much easier for everyone here!!

:carrot::carrot::hug::hug::carrot::carrot:


Buckeye
02-17-2009, 04:05 PM
Binge eating isn't a problem for me but I lived with one for 15 years. My brother does the same thing. It used to amaze me how the food would disappear out of the fridge overnight? But unlike you, he still does it. And honestly, if he lives past 45 it will be a miracle. He is seriously obese and has developed diabetes. So - you go girl! Let it out if you need to but you are on the right track for creating a healthy life for yourself!

sws19
02-17-2009, 04:49 PM
wow. way to go! i admit it is a daily struggle for me as well. i don't know exactly what drives the compulsion, but the pull of food, and certain foods in particular, is as strong as the pull i've ever felt from cigarettes and certain illegal drugs of the white powdery variety that i won't mention by name.


macky
02-17-2009, 05:01 PM
I have definitely ordered multiple drinks to disguise from the teenage drive thru worker that I will be eating three burgers. I have also ordered my food "to go" at a restaurant so that it looks like I'm taking all that food home to feed a small army instead of to the parking lot to eat it in my car. (Not THAT parking lot though, a different parking lot farther away where there is no chance of anyone recognizing me).

You're not alone. I thought I was, and I'm slowly realizing that I'm not either.

Tina30
02-17-2009, 05:37 PM
Congrats on 3months binge free...today is day 1 for me:) I'm hoping to make it through today! I told myself I have to start somewhere. I wish the thoughts would go away with the binges, but they always seem to be not far away....that really annoys me. I have to say though I think 90% of it for me is mental.....I honestly am my own worst enemy! Your doing great though...thanks for sharing your story. Hopefully I can come on in 3 months with good news like yours, but for today I'm just hoping to get through day 1:)

UglyFatFriend
02-17-2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks girls, i didnt do it on my own, i have been 'creeping' this group and posts similar to mine for the last 3 months so i owe it to all of you guys!! I think people really underestimate the food addiction, it really is as bad as alcohol or drugs, i think!

recidivist
02-17-2009, 05:51 PM
I've never been into drugs, but I do have a problem with alcohol, and it is by far easier for me to give up alcohol than it is food. With alcohol, I can just cut it out totally and put it out of my mind. I'm so fortunate I've never smoked, because I know I have a problem of addicitve personality. But food cravings are so hard to turn off once they are there, and you can never totally put food out of your mind.

I really wish there wasn't so much advertising of fast foods. I think fast food ads should be illegal, just like cigarette ads are. They probably will be some day, as this obesity epidemic hits us harder all the time with medical costs that the whole population ends up paying for.

UglyFatFriend
02-17-2009, 05:57 PM
Yeah this is very true, you can live your life 100% drug or alcohol free, but you NEED food to live. I am by no means saying drug or alcohol addictions are easier, because they aren't! I just think its harder to recognize a food addiction.

nikaylabramwell
02-17-2009, 06:40 PM
Well i dont goo and eat at night or anything ..but my brother sure does!..he`ll take 4 cookies..eat them and then 4 more two hours later..and shockingly does not gain a pound...i had him say mean things too me like"ur a pig" "whale"and what hurts it was in front of my friends(somewhat friends)!..he just gets on my nerves..and then if some1 else says something hes lke "who said that" and is like ready too tear there heads off" yet he says it!..but anyways..KEEP goin Girl:-) hug

heather88
02-17-2009, 09:50 PM
I really wish there wasn't so much advertising of fast foods. I think fast food ads should be illegal, just like cigarette ads are. They probably will be some day, as this obesity epidemic hits us harder all the time with medical costs that the whole population ends up paying for.

I totally agree.

I saw a mcdonalds commercial that made me so sad. It was a slightly overweight guy stretching for a mini marathon and across the street was a thin lady eating a big mac or a quarter-pounder and he stops and just stares at it while the commercial continues on.

It was basically saying that you can either run a marathon or eat a burger at mcdonalds. I was so mad, because that burger looked good despite everything I hated about the commercial!

recidivist
02-17-2009, 11:22 PM
Don't get me started on Taco Bell ads for "Fourth Meal". Like bingers need any encouragement to go out in the middle of the night for an additional meal. Like this country isn't fat enough already on three meals a day.

UglyFatFriend
02-18-2009, 11:49 AM
Yeah, fast foods ad's are horrible! Occasionally I have to change the channel when they come on because it looks SO good lol. What is with the Fast Food places staying open 24hours a day?? like recidivist said, who needs extra encouragement to mid night binge? Even their 'healthy' options arent that great! I saw on Oprah i think that Arby's chedder cheese smotherd roast beef 'burger' is actually almost half the calories as their "market fresh turkey and swiss sandwhich' .... why the need to 'trick' people like that?

harrismm
02-18-2009, 06:29 PM
I have not been to an OA meeting but have began to read the OA books I ordered at Amazon.It has really helped me.I never believed I would be doing a 12 step program but I had to try something!!!Good luck.Hang in there.

RN BSN 2009
02-18-2009, 06:39 PM
Don't get me started on Taco Bell ads for "Fourth Meal". Like bingers need any encouragement to go out in the middle of the night for an additional meal. Like this country isn't fat enough already on three meals a day.

Yes! The FOURTHMEAL slogan really irks me too!! So BAD!!!!!!!:mad:

harrismm
02-18-2009, 10:16 PM
RN BSN-Nice to meet another RN BSN!!Hate to say it but this profession has definately not helped my eating issues.LOL!!

Badgerette
02-20-2009, 07:55 PM
Most people don't realize we have an addiction they think we have no willpower or control. I think fast food adds should be banned also because it teaches kids it's ok not to eat healthy.

ICUwishing
02-25-2009, 01:04 PM
Advertising and marketing are such a huge business, with a lot of psychology and manipulation in play. It's tough to be a critical thinker - to analyze what's being sold and how they're going about doing it. It helps me to remember that the number one purpose of these ads is to generate more revenue for some rich executive - it has absolutely nothing to do with improving my life, health, or happiness. I may be a bit of a conspiracy theorist, but it's pretty clear that there are a whole lot more forces trying to keep us fat, dumb and sick than there are promoting health and well-being.