Confessions Of A Nurse Who Compulsively Eats - page 3

I've previously mentioned that an individual cannot begin to address a problem without first admitting that he or she has one. Well, my name is TheCommuter and I am a long-time compulsive eater.... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    But, whether or not i would 'officially' fit under that umbrella, most of the descriptors seem to fit me NOW, and all the effects are now worsened, by my post-menopausal metabolism. (for real, menopause, for me, was like that scene in Avatar movie, where he wakes up in an entirely new and foreign body to live in).
    I can totally relate to the frustrations involved with a slow metabolism. I have been hypothyroid since late 2005 and have difficulty losing weight. I can easily gain, but losing even one pound of weight requires an extraordinary effort.

    I was hyperthyroid secondary to Graves Disease from '98 to '05 and could lose weight with virtually no effort. Now, my metabolism has slowed almost to a crawl.
  2. by   NursieNurseLPN
    I really want to thank the commuter, as well as all other posters, for having the courage to admit this and share your stories with us. One of the most important aspects of improving ourselves is having a support network, wherever we may find it. Im especially relieved to know i am NOT alone. I think its interesting to note that ANYONE can be dealing with issues such as these. We have been so successful in one aspect of our lives- our career. Just getting through nursing school is a huge accomplishment. I would hope people would realize that these problems can affect anyone. Not always someone who is perceived to be "lazy", or uncaring of ourselves.
    I always found it hard to try to not be a hypocrit during the few teaching moments ive had so far (im a new nurse). How can i teach someone whats healthy, and important for them to do, when i myself am not doing it.
    Thanks guys for being so open in such a public way. I wish you all the most success in living with these daily issues, as well as finding happiness and acceptance within yourself. Good luck!
  3. by   Raincloudshadow
    I never had this problem until after i became a nurse. Doesn't matter if I switch facilities. It's all the same stuff with evil co-workers! If it weren't for some of the attitudes at work I would never bInge eat!!!
  4. by   DSkelton711
    I don't know if I would be fat if I weren't a nurse. Probably, but the amount of stress that nurses are subject to makes it a lot harder to get under control, I think (MHO, of course). When I was off work for nearly 2 years I lost a significant amount of weight. Now that I returned to nursing I have surpassed my highest weight. I am so ready to get off this roller coaster. Thank you, Commuter for bringing into the light what many of us experience.
  5. by   poppycat
    Thank you so much for posting this article! I just went through 6 weeks of intensive outpatient treatment for food & shopping addictions. I am also a recovering alcoholic with 24 years sobriety. I have been a binge eater for almost 20 years but it wasn't until I got on the scale a few months ago & discovered I'd gained 60+ lbs. in 1year that I admitted it's a problem. Fortunately, there is an addiction recovery place close to my home that deals with "process addictions" (food, spending,gambling, sex) as well as chemical addictions. I can't even believe the insight I gained & how much I learned about myself in the past 6 weeks. I will now be starting individual therapy with a counselor who specializes in process addictions as well as attending OA & Debtors Anonymous meetings. For whatever reason, it was much harder for me to admit these addictions than it was for me to admit being an alcoholic but I will always be grateful that I was able to find the appropriate help when I needed it.