This study adds to the body of evidence suggesting that some teens and young adults choose a vegetarian or partial vegetarian
diet as a way to camouflage an existing eating disorder, as another way to restrict food intake.
Apparently people who already have eating disorders choose vegetarian or partial vegetarian
diets as one more way to restrict food and as a way to hide their eating disorder.
These teens reported that their main reason for using a vegetarian or partial vegetarian
diet was as a weight control method.
Some people consider themselves partial vegetarians
, meaning they do not eat meat, but they may eat poultry or seafood.
"There are 1.2 million vegetarians in this country and another 4.2million partial vegetarians