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Oprah Turns to Mac-N-Cheese When Depressed. Do You Binge Eat?

Do You Binge Eat When You're Depressed?

America's favorite talk show host Oprah Winfrey has never hidden the fact that she's an emotional eater. In an outtake from the upcoming debut of Piers Morgan Tonight, Oprah stated that the box office failure of her movie Beloved made her so depressed that she drowned her sorrows in mac-n-cheese — about 30 pounds of it.

I've had my run ins with cookies when sad, and an occasional second piece of chocolate cake when the world seems a dark and dire place. But I am not sure I would call that binge eating. What about you?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
I'm not a stress eater or emotional eater, but if you stress eat to the point where you gain 30 lbs, I think there are other issues that need to be resolved.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I tend to eat more than I should when down, but not really binge eating. I eat super slowly in general and I really try to savor each bite. I just don't stop when I should when I'm down.
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
I eat for all life's emotions: when happy, when sad, when joyous, when mad lol. But I'm trying to make healthy versions of what I like. I love peanut m&ms so why not melt dark chocolate with maple syrup and dip lightly roasted almonds in? http://fullbodytransformation.wordpress.com/
benheld benheld 5 years
I definitely stress eat--when I'm dealing with tough stuff at home or at work, I'll reach for foods I would normally never eat. I think most of us experience this some what. I think binge overeaters take it to the next level though (i.e. Eating 30 lbs of food or until the point that it's painful) I don't really do that.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
yes *hangs head in shame* except that my regular intake is generally low, healthy and leaves me with energy; i used to eat out of stress/anxiety just because chewing/having something in my mouth placates me. now i paint my nails, read, have a bath, watch a movie or stay otherwise occupied, so i only eat when my body starts to act up or if there's something i MUST try
TiVo TiVo 5 years
Depressed eating? Yes. But stress eating? Oh Heck Yes!!! When I found out I had an interview about a month or two ago, I immediately popped three Reese's (not fun-size) in my mouth while I began researching the company. It was so fast, I didn't even realize I did it, and I didn't get the full joy of noshing on my favorite candy!
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