Morris M.

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

   I can't stop eating. When I'm sad, I eat. When I'm angry, I eat. I'm hungry right now and I just finished my lunch. My tummy is getting bigger and the kids in school are starting to make fun of me... 

Signed,

Morris M.

Dear Morris,

     Sometime when we feel sad, we might want to eat more. The sadness can make us want to fill up on foods like breads and chocolate that release chemicals and make us feel better. Unfortunately, these foods can be bad for us and make us gain weight. While it can be really hard to go outside and do some exercise, it will make you feel less sad. Meeting with a therapist to talk about your feelings can also help so you don't think you have to eat all the time.

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     My doctor said I'm still gaining weight and that I'm too heavy for my height but I still can't stop eating and watching soccer on T.V. The kids at school keep bullying me about how big I've gotten. Help!

Signed,

Morris M.

Dear Morris,

     It's important to let an adult, like Ms. Moops or Mr. Hamberger, know if you are getting bullied. Remember, Morris-it's not okay for anyone to make you feel bad about yourself.

     I know how easy it is to get in the pattern of eating and watching T.V., Morris. Maybe instead of watching soccer, you might consider going out with your older brother and playing soccer. This will lead to less screen time, more exercise, and you get to spend time with your brother. Also remember, the more you talk about your sadness in therapy, the less you will want to overeat.

     Here is a worksheet with a list of other activities you might enjoy.

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     Today Alfred announced that I look like I ate a horse. I was so embarrassed I wanted to hide under the desk. I know I've gained weight, Doc...but why does everyone have to be so mean to me?

Signed,

Morris M.

Dear Morris,

    Thank you for opening up about what happened today- I know it's not always easy. It's not okay for Alfred or anyone to be mean to you, Morris. At Rodentia Elementary School, there is no room for bullying and it's okay to let Ms. Moops or Mr. Hamberger know when someone is being mean to you. If you feel comfortable, I can talk to them as well. 

 

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