Every person from all walks of life have to eat for more reasons than just growth. Food is needed for life and maintaining our health, or at least trying to. People vary greatly from person to person and this has a lot to do with our age, stage of life (such as a child, adult or elderly) and our genetics. Young children may seem to eat a lot, but this is because they small meals about four times a day as they slowly mature. Sooner or later, children grow and develop eating on a schedule such as eating three times a day. When becoming teenagers, that pattern is increased to 4 or more times a day again due to young adults snacking between meals.
Have you noticed Americans are bloated and Europeans aren’t? A lot of it has to do with the way we eat. In America, we grab a meal bar or a poptart and run out the door in a rush for work. That’s our breakfast. We then eat a decent sized lunch and upon settling down for the night, we eat a large dinner fit for a king and go to bed. In Poland, for example, things are done backwards from our lifestyle. They eat a large breakfast that empowers through through the day. That large breakfast is usually enough that they don’t care for lunch and proceed to eating a small dinner before relaxing and retiring to bed. It’s highly important we stop eating such large meals before going to bed in order to effectively lower weight gain due to gastroesophageal reflux.