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Understanding the link between overeating and stress

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If have you ever been stressed, have you ever polished off a bag of chips or a box of crackers? Why do people over eat even though they are not hungry? Marcie Fraser says the issue is much deeper than a bag of chips.

"Sometimes eating very fast, eating standing up, and eating kind of privately and secretly,' said Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Martin.

Martin is describing compulsive eating, something that people who are overweight commonly experience.

At 28 years old Larry Myers Jr. ate his way to over 900 pounds.

"I spent two and a half years in a nursing home and because I got too big to take care of myself, I couldn't breathe," said Myers.

How does someone gain so much weight? In Larry's case, his sister and mother died just 8 months apart, he became depressed and turned to food for comfort. Some experts say that depression actually effects metabolism causing weight gain.

"The same chemicals that effect your mood to feel depressed, to feel hopeless and helpless the can effect parts of brain that tell if you are full or not or whether you are hungry," Martin said.

After years of depression and over eating he got a wakeup call.

"He told me flat out, if you don't do something about this you are going to die within three months and I said, 'I am working on it,’” Myers said.

He did work on it, he had a gastric bypass, began to exercise and eat better. He lost 600 pounds.

"I am now able to walk and power walk and I have not been able to walk this speed I can walk in over in 25 years," Myers said.

He's happy, healthy and now engaged he offers this advice to those who may need it.

"Don't give up, you can make. If you can push yourself, every day is another day, you can make it. You only have one life," Myers said.

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