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This article was in my local paper the other day. I wasn't entirely thrilled with it, mostly because it doesn't address the advantages of a vegetarian diet, only the possible deficiencies that come from a poor diet.<br><br><a href="http://www.mcall.com/features/all-teenvegmay23.story" target="_blank">http://www.mcall.com/features/all-teenvegmay23.story</a>
 

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''Can someone be a healthy vegetarian? I would say yes, absolutely, but it's a difficult challenge, you have to put a lot of effort into it,''<br><br><br><br>
A difficult challenge? Huh?! Maybe I'm missing something? All I do is eat a balanced flesh free diet, and take a multivitamin..... Is this considered difficult? If so, we are quite lazy as a society. Your diet is a very important part of your life, certainly *some* effort should be put into it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
I also wanna say, if they're really concerned about teen's eating habits, they should focus on soda and fast food consumption! Most teen's are eating way too much JUNK, not too many vegetables.
 

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My favorite quote:<br><br><br><br>
> When asked whether she is also abstaining out of<br><br>
> a concern for animal rights, she laughs, ''No, I mean<br><br>
> I have a leather jacket.''<br><br><br><br>
Cozy.<br><br><br><br>
No, by Jupiter, I'm not one of THOSE weirdoes...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
p.s. But I guess the article is not that bad publicity.
 

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I am a teen veggie, too. Geez, can't we just be considered smart for once? You know, instead of stupid, lazy kids? It's NOT hard to be healthy.... I mean, geez...<br><br><br><br>
How lazy do you really have to be to not be healthy? Well... Okay I can answer that... McDonalds.. But anywho. If a person is a veggie, they have to put effort into it anyway, so why not effort into good health?
 

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"Because such youth don't fit the strict definition of vegetarianism"<br><br><br><br>
Yeah, that's why me, and the only other veggies I know are teen vegans... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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"When asked whether she is also abstaining out of<br><br>
a concern ..." blah blah blah<br><br>
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There's that damned word "abstaining" again. I don't know about anyone else but I'm not "abstaining" (which implies forcing onesself to not partake in something attractive or pleasant). I can see using the word "avoiding" or "rejecting" or "recoiling" (as in "she recoiled in terror and disgust when offered the fois gras") in reference to not eating animal products but I'll never accept the use of "abstaining" as a valid description (IMHO)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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LOL<br><br><br><br>
While looking up abstain (to see how they defined it exactly) I found this quote from Shakespeare<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? --Shak."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
LOL ... I guess the perseption of skinny vegetarian has been around a long time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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That article was horrible. Can't they get the facts right for once? It's NOT difficult to be a healthy vegetarian at all. As grain_girl said, it's not hard to take a multivitamin and make a few well balanced meals and a couple healthy snacks each day. The average vegetarian is healthier than the average meat-eater. Do less obesity, lower risk of heart disease, and lower risk of certain types of cancer mean anything to these so-called "nutritionists"?<br><br><br><br>
They also mentioned that idiotic cool-2b-real site. I cannot stand that site. They're saying that since real girls eat meat, then vegetarian girls are not real... And i'm pretty sure that I do exist, so I guess i'm as real as any of them, or more real.
 

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*waves her arms around in the air* I'm not even a teen yet, and I get all my nutrients! And that thing about the girls that have eating disorders being related to veg*nism is just stupid! Sure, it happens to anyone, and there's a difference between not consuming animal products and not consuming hardly <i>anything</i>. But I'm with you on this, NTelligentIdiot, that site pisses me off. My friends all bug me about it and call me "imaginary", since I'm obviously not real. *frowns* Asterisks.
 

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Like that quote goes (I'm paraphrasing)"You either put energy into health or inevitably put energy into sickness"
 

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''Can someone be a healthy vegetarian? I would say yes, absolutely, but it's a difficult challenge, you have to put a lot of effort into it,'' Carr says. ''In my opinion, teenagers don't have the with-it-ness or the desire to do that, to be cooking all day long, making those meals that they really need.''<br><br><br><br>
What????? I am a teen. I am with it. I do not spend all day cooking, because that is just dumb. Nobody needs to do that! But I am healthy anyways, would ya look at that...<br><br><br><br>
I did not like this article. It made vegetarianism look like a bad choice when really you can be healthy or unhealthy as a veggie or not. Health and vegetarianism are somewhat separate.
 

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My parents hate the fact that I'm a vegetarian, but I just ignore them. I am the healthiest one out of my whole family and they know it, so they can't put up much of an argument. So I just let em steam... :)
 

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GRRRRRR.<br><br>
I am one of the healthiest teenagers I know, amounst a crowd of meat eaters. I won't lie, it probably does take every teen veg*n some time to find a good balance in their diet, but it is not impossible nor unlikely with a little education. The worst part of it all is the beef industry, trying to kill people with it's toxic cholesterol sludge marketed as "hip"<br><br>
gag me.<br><br>
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I've been a vegetarian all my life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. I also happen to be 6'4" and reasonably healthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.<br><br><br><br>
It must be the four times I ate meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">.<br><br><br><br>
I do worry about protein currently, though, since I'm abstaining from dairy.
 

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Hmmm ... and then you flip to another page and read about teenage obesity and the dangers of burgers and fries -- which will also include the comment that teens are "too lazy and/or disorganized to cook."<br><br><br><br>
They can make a "story" out of anything.
 

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A comparison that I have never seen made in press is how an average vegetarians health compares to an average omnivore's health, due to diet. How many obese vegans do you find out there???
 

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finlay, if you're eating a lot of soy, which most vegeterains do, protein shouldn't be a problem. And also, protein isn't much of a problem anyway.<br><br><br><br>
And bennot, you hardly ever see obese vegans. (Ohhh wait! - You do because we eat far too many carbs!)<br><br><br><br>
A lot of this stuff is alarmist. Teens can be vegetarian and healthy. Just don't eat junk. But that goes for any teenager who wants to be healthy.
 

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Loki: Soy is as bad for my allergies as dairy is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">. I think I might just eat both in moderation in the future.<br><br><br><br>
My theory is that veg*ns are just scary (or exotic) and therefore worthwhile to write about.
 
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