Vegetarian eating for children and adolescents

J Pediatr Health Care. 2006 Jan-Feb;20(1):27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2005.08.012.


During the past decade, vegetarianism has risen in popularity among American families. Well-planned vegetarian diets can satisfy the nutritional needs and promote normal growth of infants and children. Research has highlighted nutritional advantages to vegetarian diets and has indicated that this style of eating can lead to lifelong healthy eating habits when adopted at a young age. Several vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients may be deficient within a vegetarian diet. Careful nutrition assessment and counseling will allow nurse practitioners to play a key role in encouraging families to adopt healthy eating habits to assist in disease prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Counseling
  • Diet, Vegetarian*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control
  • Nutritional Requirements