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I can’t stop midnight snacking and it’s getting me down!

Question: Even after a heavy evening meal, I end up craving a snack at night. I try to sleep to avoid eating, but I can’t actually sleep until I’ve eaten something. I feel sick and full in the morning so I mostly end up skipping breakfast. I have put on so much weight and this is making me feeling really low. It seems like a silly thing to tell someone, but I can’t seem to stop! Teentalker , 16-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Midnight snacks are an essential part of growing up. But, when they start affecting you physically and mentally, it’s time to look at it closely. Some people are affected by a lesser known eating disorder called Night Eating Syndrome (NES). What you are experiencing may or may not be that. However, the way to deal with this is certainly similar. Here are a few active steps you can take:

•        Assess the timeline of changes in your behaviour

•        Track how much food and how many times you eat at night.....

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