As a teenager, the active lifestyle developed in my childhood continued. I loved dancing, playing sports, exercising at the local gym and racquet club and spent hours swimming in our pool. I regularly went for bike rides and took long walks.
My interest continued in nutrition and I read everything I could. This included the labels from packaged and processed foods that were also part of our diet. It’s a valuable habit that remains today.
On the other hand, I had regular bouts of inactivity; binge watching television, reading or playing video games while absentmindedly eating.
I had one friend who I had eating competitions with and overeating was a regular occurrence at our dinner table.