As a child, Sue didn’t know her desire to eat certain foods was an illness. Sue remembers hovering around candy dishes, and taking way more than her share of special holiday treats. Much like other addicts, Sue tried to keep up appearances. She did well in school and didn’t look like your stereotypical addict; she was clean-cut and while by no means obese, she had put on significant weight as a teen. But she felt she was obese and grotesque. But sue now realizes she had trouble feeling love and that she used the food to fill what she says was a feeling of emptiness.