A vegetarian diet might in fact be masking a potential eating disorder according to the recent study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
The results found that twice as many teens and nearly double the number of young adults who had been vegetarians reported having used unhealthy means to control their weight, compared to those who had never been vegetarians. Those methods include diet pills, laxatives and diuretics as well as inducing vomiting to control weight.
Most people know that a balanced vegetarian diet is among the most healthful of dietary patterns providing several benefits. Vegetarians are less likely to have blood pressure problems as well as unhealthy cholesterol levels.
However, a vegetarian diet is likely to create a problem for several people: the lack of important nutritional elements. Vegans may be lacking protein, vitamins and minerals, such as iron and vitamin B, on a daily basis. Those are all important ingredients to a healthy lifestyle.
People need to understand the problem is not the vegan diet but perhaps a poor vegan diet. A well balanced vegetarian diet along with a multi vitamin should be “healthy enough” to prevent any extreme weight-control bad behavior.
The focus should be on proper eating habits instead of the type of diet. Bad eating habits may lead to eating disorders and obesity, no matter if you are vegetarian or not.
Multi vitamins suitable for vegetarians may be the missing piece of the puzzle for a healthy vegetarian diet.