Taran's History With Food and Weight
"I was always a little heavier than all my friends growing up, but I never really noticed it until the teasing started in about third grade," Taran said. It continued all the way through high school, and it tore her self-worth and confidence to shreds.
She was active as a child, but never participated in any sports until high school when she played lacrosse for a season. "I always ate large portions as well, but so did everyone around me since I grew up in the South on a diet of comfort foods for all three meals," Taran said. Nutrition and physical activity were never really topics at the kitchen table for her family or in her friend circles.