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Is Your Child a Vegetarian?

Last month PETA asked President Obama to put the National School Lunch program on a no-meat diet, saying:

Teaching our children the benefits of vegetarian meals would save animals, help stop climate change, and help keep kids at a healthy weight as well as help them avoid our nation's biggest and most costly killers — cancer, heart disease, and obesity. If promoting a vegetarian diet isn't already part of the proposed stimulus package, it should be.

No matter what your family's eating habits, I do believe it's important to teach children what vegetarianism is about and help them create a healthy and balanced diet. Some parents have to trick their children into eating veggies, while others can't get their tots to try turkey. Has your child ever gone vegetarian through your guidance or of her own volition?

anniems anniems 8 years
My little one is a vegan... however it is due to multiple food allergies. I agree with eggymar. Although meat consumption is a problem in this country the bigger problem is the processed food. I think it's more important to take out the soda and potato chips than the meat.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I personally was a vegetarian from the end of the sixth grade up through most of the eighth grade, of my own volition. (Like many, the allure of bacon brought me back to the fold..) It wasn't about the animals, though - it was about cutting calories out of my diet. PETA is a real joke, though. They're scary, for one, and secondly they're *extremely* hypocritical. In 2007, they killed more then NINETY PERCENT of the adoptable pets in their shelters. Two of their employees are being investigated for animal cruelty.
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
My son loves chicken and fish and just recently discovered he loves steak as well. I wont force any sort of life style on my kid, but I will push for more veggies in his diet.
GreenMomma08 GreenMomma08 8 years
My child is vegetarian, and I would like to see schools offer more veg options because ALL children (regardless of their diets) can benefit from healthy eating. When Congress renews the Child Nutrition Act it must encourage schools to serve healthier meals. Low-fat, cholesterol-free vegetarian foods need to be more affordable, and schools that serve nutritious foods (fruits, vegetables, vegetarian options) should receive additional funding. There’s a group that’s collecting signatures to try to get vegetarian options in school lunches. It’s online at
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
Although I don't have kids I plan to raise them vegetarian. Both my bf and I are veggies... If one day they decide they would like to eat or try meat I wouldn't care, but I am certainly not cooking or purchasing it. I've known quite a lot of life-long veggies (both caucasian and indian) and none have become carnivores.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I don't really believe meat leads to obesity. Overeating does. I grew up eating bulgogi (korean meat, yummy) almost every day!!! I was never overweight as a kid, and I'm still not overweight. I wasn't a big veggie eater as a kid. I love them now, though, and when I have kids someday, I will try to make eating veggies fun, instead of just telling them to eat their veggies.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
My son loves his veggies (which was my opposite) even more than he loves his meat. And if he does eat meat, it'll either be fish or chicken.
voltages voltages 8 years
I don't have kids yet either, but they will be meat eaters.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
my daughter doesn't really eat meat but it is not because i dont give it to her...i think it is a texture thing. i rely on yogurt, cottage cheese, beans and other stuff for her protein. my doctor says this is a natural stage for a lot of little ones, the no meat stage..i am sure she will grow out of it because my husband and i LOVE our chicken!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
My oldest son isn't a big meat eater, but he does eat some chicken and other meats. My youngest is a carnivore.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
Meat is good for you and it is not the cause of overweight children. The cause of that is parents being too lazy to give their child a balanced healthy meal.
smartiez smartiez 8 years
Wow. PETA means well, or at least tries anyway, but cutting out meat just like that from schools? No way. Most kids don't eat anything else that has protein in it.
eggymar eggymar 8 years
I don't care what you think about PETA, as it is no joke that we eat too much meat because it is now cheap (and overlook that despite the hormones, chemicals and the animals' terrible diets) and that decreasing meat consumption would lead to a decrease in greenhouse gases. That said, the Western diet of processed foods is more the problem and we should take that crap out of schools.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
our lil guy only recently was introduced to meat (he's 15 mos) and he likes it. mostly we're chicken and veggie eaters, so i made the effort to include some lean meat. i think they should have a well rounded diet (at least while they'll eat everything and havent gotten to that picky eating stage) ;)
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
my son loves meat but he loves veggies even more
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont have kids yet, but I plan on having them raise pigs and cows a chickens like I did and know the reality of where meat comes from, circle of life stuff. PETA is a joke, no one listens to them anymore.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
mine LOVE meat. my middle daughter went through a period where she thought it was mean to eat animals and didn't eat meat for about 2 years, but got over it because "it tastes good". i don't believe that eating meat leads to overweight kids. on a side note, about a week ago i got this packet from PETA, with a poster and a bunch of stickers in it, typical kid stuff. darling pictures of baby animals on them and sayings like "we are not nuggets" (chick poster and stickers) and "meat is not a treat for those you eat" (i think that was a calf sticker. i didn't care for this ad campaign and sent the stuff right to the shredder. PETA could save some trees if they would stop printing and sending that type of thing.
TheCaravan TheCaravan 8 years
Mine doesn't really like meat all that much. She eats chicken and fish on occasion. I don't force her to eat it if she doesn't want it.
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