Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Teen Vegetarian in the House?

Article Source: The Examiner

Roughly 5 million American adults eat a vegetarian diet, according to a poll from the Vegetarian Resource Group. But have you noticed lately that many teenagers have "gone veg?" A recent study from the Journal of American Dietetic Association says adolescent vegetarians are at increased risk of disordered eating behaviors.

Although most of us think "healthy" when we hear the word vegetarian, the study indicates that many teens choose to eliminate meat from their diet for weight-loss reasons. Research has shown that vegetarians are less likely to be overweight than meat eaters, but this study reports more binge eating and extreme unhealthful weight-control behaviors among adolescent and young adult "former vegetarians" than "never vegetarians." If your teen chooses vegetarianism, talk about the reasons. Some teens profess it's to save and protect animals but may be saying that to cover up unhealthy eating behaviors.....


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