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You might eat more if you are feeling sad or lonely

According to in-house counsellor Kshitija Sawant, there is a relationship between feeling low and over-eating.

Chicken nuggets, kebabs, beef burgers, soda and fries were my favourites, until they became my biggest nightmare. I used to enjoy eating food in moderation; I don't know when it became an obsession. I became an emotional eater. Every time I used to feel sad, I used to head to McDonald's and have a burger. I was happy till I was in grade 9, but then things changed. The only persistent horror of my reality was that I was a bit chubby. A bit healthy. I was constantly fat-shamed in school. People used to call me names such as "fatso" and "pig". It not only hit my self-esteem but also increased my chances of incurring diabetes.

Since I was fond of food, the bullies used to eat my lunch and hide the tiffin box. I used to go to the washroom and cry. Once I told them to shut up, and they hit me on my shoulders. One of them kicked me in the middle of the legs. Eventually, I hated going to school.

My final breakdown was when I wasn't invited for the school graduation. I felt unwanted, lonely and worthless. I sometimes used to pick clothes for my female friends, but after some times, my guy friends shunned me for being feminine. They said boys don't do that. I tried to kill myself when I was 15, but failed at the attempt.

Upon noticing my helplessness, my cousin brother introduced me to a counsellor. I was in therapy for more than a year.

According to in-house counsellor Kshitija Sawant, there is a relationship between feeling low and over-eating. “We tend to look for comfort when we experience pain or distress. Sometimes, we seek that comfort through food, particularly that which is rich in fats and carbohydrates, due to the calming effect it has on our mind,” she says.

Our in-house counsellor Kshitija Sawant gives tips on how to deal with bullying:

1. Become self-aware: Figure out your strengths, your weaknesses, what you love about yourself and what you don’t, what matters the most to you in life and what doesn’t.

2. Learn to accept yourself for the person you are: Before seeking approval from others, it is important to learn to love yourself first. Believe in yourself, no matter how difficult life seems. At some point, then the world, including your peers will come to believe in you.

3. Be assertive: Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in, even if it means keeping ‘friends’ or bullies at bay. Being assertive can seem really difficult at first, but the rewards are plenty if you continue to follow this trend in the long run.

4. Rise above the negativity: Instead of trying to seek approval from people, who try to bring you down, try to envision the ideal life you wish to live and start working towards those goals. Be true to yourself, go out, travel, meet new people and participate in new events, activities. Who knows, the life you deserve to live, might just be waiting for you on the other side that is outside your comfort zone!

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5 things you didn’t know were making you fat

Brace yourself, you are about to be surprised...

Now that the New Year 2018 has begun in full swing, it is most likely that you have already broken up with that new weight loss regime you had committed to. Let’s face it, these weight loss resolutions are like flings. They are short-term commitments, that don’t last too long!  

If you truly want to lose weight, you need to know what is making you obese in the first place. Here is listing 5 things that you didn’t know were making you fat.

Get ready to be surprised…  

Fad Diets

Yes! Diets make you gain weight. Sorry to burst this bubble, but random fad diets that sound promising actually fail you more than you fail them with your cheat days.

Dieting increases your body’s propensity to gain weight. It slows down your metabolism and in turn increasing your food cravings. Your body basically learns to adapt to your diet plan which results into rebound weight gain.

Your beloved Diet Soda

An innocent movie or hang out with friends might seem harmless but it is the uncontrolled consumption of soda that adds to your waist size 6 times more than those who stay away from these aerated drinks.

Plus the high amount of sugar and artificial sweeteners in these drinks do bad things to your teeth and overall health.

Lack of sleep

Being a teenager is no child’s play.  You have studies to worry about, you have friends to keep and family to please and then there are those teachers and a host of other teenage issues that can give you sleepless nights. Phew!

However, if something is giving you sleepless nights, you need to work on it as soon as possible, because sleep can help you burn calories. Research has proved that well-rested people burn up to 300 calories a day.

Binge watching, junk eating

We live in the time of Netflix and chill, and while you are busy binge watching, it is very easy to lose control and binge eat.  

As you end up eating junk food or snack while watching TV, you lose track of the quantities you are consuming. This leads to weight gain.

Stress levels

Again, we know that teen life is full of stress – the stress to score marks and to be at the top! But when you are stressed your body starts producing excess amounts of cortisol and insulin. As a result your appetite increases and you engage in overeating sweets and fats and try to beat stress with food.

More food means weight gain!

 

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