What if your teenager decides to become a vegetarian?
With careful planning, a vegetarian diet can be very healthy for teens.
In fact, it can be a great way to get them into a lifelong habit of healthy
If your teen decides to become a vegetarian, teach him or
her how to plan meals to get all the right nutrients every day. Teens need
vitamin D. And iron is especially important for teen
girls who are menstruating. Talk with your doctor about how much of these
vitamins and minerals your child needs. Ask if your teen needs to take a daily
You may want him or her to talk to a
registered dietitian to learn how to plan a healthy
It's important to find out why your teen wants to
follow a vegetarian diet. Some teens adopt a vegetarian diet as a way to lose
weight, and "being a vegetarian" can hide an eating disorder like
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
January 25, 2013
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