Hanny - posted on 08/12/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
My oldest son told me last week he has a problem with food. He uses it to comfort himself or eat stress away. An emotional eater. I guess he does it, because it's learned behaviour and I am not a good example in this. He's 13, excellent grades, gifted, plays basesball, has trouble making new friends and is stepping into puberty full blast. "Why do you think we are on this earth?", etc. My son is bigger than the children in Western Europe, where he's growing up. He's an American child, with broader hips, broader shoulders and full upper thighs. Yes, he gets bullied about that and it has weighed on him. Eating comforts him in that pain. He could stand to loose about 10 pounds now and I know he will loose rapidly, riding his bike to school and playing basesball again. He likes to go swimming, as well. I'm not really worried about that. It's the emotional eating that disturbs me. I've ordered a book by Dr. Phil about this and made an appointment with our family doctor. Before sending him to a psychiatrist (which is too much I think), anyone with suggestions?