Characteristics of Vegetarian Adolescents in a Multiethnic Urban Population

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This study examined the prevalence of adolescent vegetarianism in a multi-ethnic, urban population to identify correlations with demographic, personal, weight-related, and behavioral factors.

Of the 4,746 adolescents studied in this research, 6% were vegetarian. The vegetarian students were more likely to be female, not black, weight and body conscious, dissatisfied with their bodies, and involved in a number of weight control behaviors. Further, vegetarians reported being told by a physician that they had an eating disorder more frequently than non-vegetarians, and they were more likely to have considered or attempted suicide. In particular, vegetarian males were identified as a high risk group for unhealthy weight control practices.

Spot Check Number: 1583
Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Researcher/Author: Cheryl Perry, Maureen Mcguire, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Mary Story
Research Method: Literature Review, Print Survey
Geographic Region: United States Regional
Number of Participants: 4,745
Population Descriptors: Middle school and high school students
Year Conducted: 2001
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