Adolescents

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The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

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Adolescence is a time when the young are searching for their identity, and much experimentation occurs. Limitations and restrictions will be tested, tried and probably broken; parental feelings often trampled on and disregarded. Food is often a major area of conflict between parent and teenager and it is important that as a parent you do not use food as a weapon in any conflict or become over-anxious about it. This can so easily create eating problems in the teenager.

As a parent you will have little control over what a teenager eats or when they eat it. But there are a few basic things you can do, such as making sure the whole family eats a good, healthy breakfast together. That way you can at least know that your child has had one good meal a day. If you are really worried about what they’re eating, keep plenty of healthy and enticing snacks in the larder or refrigerator so that these places are tempting for them to raid.