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  1. Hello. I can't remember a time when food wasn't THE main focus in my life. Even when I'm so full and can't eat another bite...my thoughts wander to what else I'll eat later. Diets, eating plans, Weight Watchers Summer Camps, gastric bypass, journaling what I eat and/or exercising will START to give results the first few weeks and then my body just basically says "F you" and shuts down. No more weight loss. If I can't get the gratification of weekly seeing measurable change in my efforts...I'm right back to food. Overeating has ruined my life. Whoever I COULD have been when I started out a sweet little girl was squandered when I somehow started using food to placate myself VERY YOUNG. Then it became a horrible guilty, shameful and "what's wrong with me" set of glasses I looked at life through. I was constantly pushed by my mom to stop eating, go on a diet and exercise. She tried EVERYTHING until well into my adult life. She too had weight/eating issues and knew what life would be like for me. She tried to help the only way she knew how but it set up a terrible vicious cycle of sneaking food to make myself feel better and loved and treated special...that's what food feels like to me. When I look at my family dynamics I can see all the ways life in general contributed to this addiction. But breaking out of it has been a constant struggle. Now for the last 2-3 years I've literally given up. I'm 58 now and it feels like, short of a miracle, I'll die fat. My hips, spine and knees are in terrible shape (of course they are). Being fat set up a way of thinking and acting in all relationships with people that I also am exhausted with. I honestly with all my heart and fiber of my being think and feel that pleasing someone else will keep them in my life and they'll pay what little attention to me they are willing to give me. Not all people have been horrible, I've had some great friends over my life...but of course, THEY HAD LIVES and I was never the center of anyone else's life. I would have done anything through my mid forties to make someone else the center of my life in hopes of finally finding someone who wanted to team up and walk through life together. Now? I'm too old. I'm too set in my ways. It's just not as important. I'm past the age of finding someone to "be a couple" with...no I'll never define who I am that way. I'm too old for kids and of course at this point I should've had grandchildren. There will be no one to take care of me as I get older. I literally hope God takes me out while I can still walk and am living on my own. I never want to be institutionalized in an assisted living/nursing home type of situation. Thanks for reading this.
  2. Hi, I'm 32 and I've been on Disability benefits for about 3-4 years. I'm obese, about 100 lbs over my healthy weight, and I struggle to lose the weight. Lately, my dad has been criticizing me a lot over being obese and he makes it seems like it's something I choose. I'm on SSI disability and I don't work or go to school like most people my age, and I spend 99% of my time being sedentary, so what does he expect??? It seems to me that gaining weight would be a natural side effect of being on SSI Disability benefits for a few years, because many people on these Benefits are sedentary for the most part. My dad tells me it's my choice to be obese, and I could control it if I wanted to, and I feel like he blames me for my obesity. Because I don't work or go to school or do anything, I spend 99% of my time: sleeping, being bored, watching tv, coloring in an adult coloring book, reading, going online/surfing the web, eating, and playing video games. I do try to exercise every day (or every other day), but I'm not a fan of exercising. I don't know what he expects from me- in my mind, with my sedentary lifestyle, of course I'm going to feel bad about my situation and get fat and have a lot of trouble losing and keeping off the weight. I don't do anything all day (work) like most people my age do. Also, my mother and him do not want me to try to work, because I have had volunteer jobs recently and those didn't work out for me. In fact, with one volunteer job, I felt bad afterwards and I would just think "screw it" and emotionally eat. But in my mind, if I had a normal job that I liked and I was somewhat active during the day, I would think I would naturally lose weight, just by being a little active during the day (but I could be wrong about this). Anyways, I'm just venting, because my parents control my life, and I can't do what I want to do in life, and because of my sedentary lifestyle (due in large part to being on SSI Disability Benefits for 3-4 years) I am being criticized and blamed by my father for being obese and hurting my physical health. My parents are overprotective of me, and they don't let me make my own choices in life, because they say that I make bad choices. A part of me wishes they would let me live life as I want to and make my own mistakes, and if I end up homeless, then I'm ok with it.
  3. Back in 2003 when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and started on lithium and olanzapine I gained a huge amount of weight and 12 years on I still struggle a LOT with my weight. I no longer take olanzapine and have taken Seroquel over the last 7 years. I am 220 lbs and 5ft 3ins. Most of my weight is on my belly and I quite seriously look pregnant. This is making me miserable and I know my health will start to suffer if I don’t lose weight. I have managed to lose 30 lbs whilst taking Seroquel. It took almost 3 years and I have regained that weight along with another 15 lbs. It only took 7 months to gain the weight that took so long to lose. I also have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which doesn’t help things I am aware that there is a medication called metformin that can help people with obesity to lose weight. I have read about it and would really like to try it, but it would be great to hear about other people’s personal experiences, both positive and negative, and not just clinical trials and studies. So I have a few questions Has anyone taken metformin for weight issues/obesity and had positive results? Please share your experience Has anybody taken metformin for atypical antipsychotic related obesity and continued taking the AAP and STILL managed to lose weight? For people that found metformin to be helpful in losing weight, what dose did it take to help you? Is their anybody who took metformin, but had to quit due to troublesome side effects? On the side...Is there anybody taking metformin who also has PCOS and did it help with that? Finally, I do not know who I should approach regarding the possibility of starting metformin. Obesity is a medical issue so should I go to my GP? However my obesity has been caused by taking psychotropic medication so should I bring it up with my pdoc when I see him in a few weeks? What do you think? I really appreciate you taking the time to give your opinion and share your experiences of metformin!!
  4. What frustrates me is that binge eating is never taken seriously by the Mental Health System. As a child I was morbidly obese and it was never taken seriously by doctors. I was always eating, mostly as a coping mechanism. I remember I was constantly checking the fridge for food, even after dinner. I just never stopped eating. I gained so much weight that it took me 6 years to lose it. The only thing doctors did, was tell my mom that I needed to eat vegetables.... and they also gave me a voucher for the gym which didn't help economically much either. It took my Mom installing a lock in the fridge for me to lose weight. It's only recently that I can manage without the lock. I still open the fridge door to check what there is but I don't eat anything. The new way I manage is by doing my own shopping and cooking. So the way I manage to stay healthy and thin, is by buying only essential food and eating a lot of food that is low on calories so I can subconsciously tell my self I've eaten enough. I am just fed up that food effects my life so much, it is so hard to resist eating crap and my metabolism don't help either. I can cope with it, although the problem is still there and now that I am thiner it is even harder to get help for it . I am disappointed with the mental health system, I feel as they don't support everyone. They are excellent at helping me with my other problems that effect my life but not when it comes to food addiction. Does anybody feel like that anyway?
  5. This is a small study of only 7 people, but I think it's an interesting theory. Those of you who are struggling with sleep problems and weight gain might want to read it. http://www.boston.com/dailydose/2012/10/16/what-sleep-deprivation-does-your-fat-cells/fjhSLAXegN4OUVc4G5WgCL/story.html?camp=obinsite Again, it was a tiny sample, but the results were published in a respected medical journal, so I think it's worth reading. olga
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