My obsession with healthy eating began when I was 16. Although I wasn’t overweight, I decided that I needed to lose 15 pounds to achieve the model-thin aspirations that society had drilled into my psyche.
Since I knew that I would raise red flags if I told my family and friends that I wanted to lose weight, I told them I was newly interested in healthy eating instead. During my senior year in high school, my “healthy eating” focus paid off. I was thrilled to find myself needing new, smaller clothes, and I happily wore a backless dress to prom.