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Rhymerocket Fri 21-Nov-14 09:05:57

So after a visit to my GP and a very long chat about my size and eating habits, I can finally see I am an emotional eater. and sometimes secret binge eater. She has given me Orlestat tablets but I also wondered

Can anyone recommend a self help resource for emotional eaters please.


Rhymerocket Sat 22-Nov-14 07:56:55

Bump hmm

Gumnast2014 Sat 22-Nov-14 08:04:00

Over eaters anonymous can be very helpful. It definetly helped me look at the underlying reasons why I eat and try to deal with them. Today I know it's rarely about the food

Good luck

Rhymerocket Sat 22-Nov-14 08:33:54

Are they a web group Gum?

Gumnast2014 Sat 22-Nov-14 10:05:54

No face to face brilliant

Google it see if any in your area

TalkinPeace Sat 22-Nov-14 20:02:23

You are far less alone than you think.
All of the big weight loss threads on here are full of people who have mixed up emotions and food.
Say hello on each of the main ones ( 5:2 , WW, SW, low carb) and then lurk and see which one makes you feel most at home

then when you start seeing posts you can relate to, jump in
many, many people find that typing their thoughts is better than eating and hiding
but remember, everybody wants to get to a happy size with a happy relationship with food
there are many routes to that destination
pick the one you fancy

there is also a big forum on the MyFitnessPal website
which is a useful tool to quantify what you eat and diarise the emotions around it

Good luck
You'll succeed

SpanielofDoom Tue 25-Nov-14 10:54:41

Hello rhyme.

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn. On the NHS recommended reading list. He's Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford and is considered a world expert in eating orders. Where people seem to struggle with his programme is that he advises no restrictive dieting for however long it takes you to deal with the emotional eating issues. It can take 6-8 months for people to normalise their eating and then work on weight loss. He advocates eating regularly, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day and focusing on 'normal' portion sizes.

Alternatively - or in addition - two interesting reads are :

Eating Less by Gillian Riley.
Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen.

Good luck!

SpanielofDoom Tue 25-Nov-14 10:55:40

eating DISorders

Trenzalor Tue 25-Nov-14 16:56:29

Can you identify exactly what it is and when it began? It took years, but figuring this out really helped me. I was a lonely eater.

As Talkin says, the boards here are great. I do a lot of lurking.

Rhymerocket Tue 25-Nov-14 18:35:57

Trenzalor, do u mean u eat when u r lonely?? That's me!!!

Trenzalor Tue 25-Nov-14 19:08:18

Yep. Started when I was a teenager and my 'friends' wanted to get drunk and hang out with men older lads. I wanted to paint and read books. Then, at university, there was - in parts - quite a drug heavy culture and I didn't want anything to do with that. It took me a long time to realise, but to be honest I've forgiven myself for comfort eating as it saved me from other things!
It's been better since my partner stopped working nights and I have his company. We also have a baby so I made a decision as soon as she was conceived to be healthy and I'm getting better at it. Over four years I've lost three stone. Having done it slowly I know it's more likely to stay off. I now have another two to go.

bilbodog Thu 27-Nov-14 16:55:19

Hi - i've just discovered the Jon Gabriel method which concentrates on the emotions and mental problems often associated with eating too much and comfort eating. I can't say I have lost any weight yet but even after reading his book I could feel a change in the way I wanted to eat and can say that I am eating much more healthily now - and not craving the things I used to crave at all. Give it a try. Good luck.

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