An article at Time cites a study that claims that teenage vegetarianism may be a sign of an eating disorder. It turns out many teens use a vegetarian diet, which is socially acceptable and usually supported by parents, to mask an eating disorder and avoid certain foods.
The study suggests that adolescents who are vegetarians are far more likely than other teens to use dieting or extreme and unhealthy weight-loss measures to control weight. Also, teens who have an eating disorder are more likely to practice vegetarianism than those from other age groups.
You can read the entire article here.
Of course, not every teenager who is a vegetarian has an eating disorder. Some have legitimate and good reasons for their diet that should be supported. However, we need to understand our children and the pressures they face so we can see warning signs when they appear.