Emotional Eating: One Teen’s Struggle to Find Herself
We all remember the first time someone called us fat. Growing up in today’s society, there is an immense amount of pressure to look a certain way. For those teenagers who either do not meet these set requirements, or who see themselves as overweight, it can be overwhelming.
In a sampling of recent data, an average of over 40 percent of teenagers have had an emotional eating disorder by the time they turn 18. A close friend of mine is part of this statistic, but has fortunately seen the light at the end of the tunnel and made a significant change.
It all started about four years ago when my friend was in high school trying to "find herself." She grew bored with who she was, and what she did, which lead her to believe that changing was the only solution. She gained acquaintances, and lost dear friends; she lost herself, and found alcohol.
As time went on she found an average day consisting of working for the weekend and planning for the next big party. She also grew lonely and depressed, and she took out her anger on the one thing she thought she could control, food.
My friend suffered from emotional eating where she completely cut food out of her life -- causing her to drop 30 pounds quickly. After many weeks of unhealthy starvation caused by emotional stress, she was taken in by a classmate. She says that through this classmate she learned about God, and realized she always had Him to turn to.
Rapidly, after that night, my friend began eating, stopped partying, and enjoyed who she was. She claims that she "found herself" and never looked back.
My friend now works as a youth group leader where she strives to teach teenagers about what truly counts. She believes "Emotional eating can be your worst nightmare, but if you can overcome the obstacle the reward is amazing."
She also always quotes Eleanor Roosevelt saying, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."