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June 1995

Teen vegetarians can coexist with families with effort, expert says

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- As some teen-agers turn to vegetarianism, their parents may have difficulty adjusting. However, with some planning and cooperation, parents can live happily with adolescents' dietary choices, says a Purdue University expert.

Judith Myers-Walls, associate professor of child development and family studies at Purdue, says there are three qualities of adolescents that could lead them to become vegetarians:

Sources: Judith Myers-Walls, (765) 494-8402; Internet,

Beth Russell (812) 279-3917
Writer: Amanda King, (765) 494-8402
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