Teenage Vegetarianism: Is It An Eating Disorder?

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.

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4 Responses to Teenage Vegetarianism: Is It An Eating Disorder?

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  2. I know a few teens in my school who are vegetarians. I think, if handled correctly and balanced out, that it can be somewhat beneficiary. As for me and my house, WE WILL EAT MEAT!!!

    You might like my latest blog, Comment me back if you’d like!
    http://theriverjordan.net/should-vs-can

    Jordan.

  3. Tim Farley says:

    Jordan:

    Thanks for reading and commenting. I agree that being a vegetarian is OK and not every teen who is one has an eating disorder.

    I did read your most recent post on your blog. Good stuff. Although, I would argue that sin is our primary problem, which we cannot fix on our own, which is why Jesus had to die for us.

  4. Jordan says:

    Hey Tim,

    Thanks for your insight! I’m glad that you can respectfully disagree with me without bashing my character, [rare!] I promise to prayerfully consider everything you say, without judging you.

    I responded to your comment back on my post, explaining why I believe Sin is merely a symptom of our separation from God, and that addressing our sin alone cannot do us anything. Jesus died for our moral deficit, and the transformation of the core of our being- which has become diseased after being detached from it’s source.

    Jordan.

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