The Vegetarian or Vegan Teen - RD317-60

The Vegetarian or Vegan Teen

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.4 / 119 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


There is increased interest in reducing intake of animal products. Adolescents in particular are likely to experiment with diet and eager to express their individualism. Are you prepared to provide nutritional care for an adolescent who is a vegetarian or vegan? Scientific evidence suggests a positive relationship between a vegetarian or vegan diet and reduced risk of disease. The stricter the form of vegetarianism, however, the more care must be taken to ensure adequate nutrition. Regardless of food restrictions, a carefully planned vegetarian or vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate and healthful for children of all ages. At the same time, vegetarian and vegan teens who consume large amounts of foods such as soda, pizza, French fries, and ice cream or non-dairy desserts could be putting themselves at higher risk for developing chronic disease from excess fat, sugar, and salt. Learn how to ensure that the diet of a vegetarian or vegan teen will be nutritionally sound.


The goal of this continuing education program is to update dietitians’ and nurses’ knowledge of the special nutritional concerns of vegetarian and vegan teens and how to ensure that their diets are nutritionally adequate. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the nutrient concerns for teenagers who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • Choose alternative sources of various nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian or vegan diet due to food restrictions
  • Recognize the warning signs of an eating disorder and the relationship to vegetarianism and veganism
  • Propose reasonable solutions and assurances to parents who are concerned about their vegetarian or vegan teenagers

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This is a Level 2 course with suggested learning code of 4110 and performance indicators of 4.1.1. 
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

Course Originally Released on: 1/24/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/2/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/2/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Elaina H - Bangor, ME  ·  Jan 24, 2020
Very timely and good to know.
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Brian B - Oxford, OH  ·  Dec 19, 2019
vegan/vegetarian meals are a big part of foodservice where I work
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Douglas M - Pflugerville, TX  ·  Oct 22, 2019
Dispute some findings, per recent research
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Molly J - Portland, OR  ·  Sep 23, 2019
Covered the basis, the case studies are great!
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Ellen G - Zephyrhills, FL  ·  May 01, 2019
Good course, provided up to date information
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00