Joshua Weissman isn't your typical 17-year-old boy. A few years ago, overweight and bullied in school, he finally decided to take his health seriously, but packaged diet meals and quick fixes didn't help. Instead, he started cooking — and in the process changed his life.
Now 100 pounds lighter, Joshua has won the respect of the classmates who once teased him and even inspired some of the teenage boys around him to eat a little better. He is also a talented food photographer and runs the paleo-focused food blog Slim Palate. We talked to this inspiring high school junior about middle school bullying, his bumpy road into the kitchen, and the ways his eating habits have changed the people around him.