What’s for dinner? How families manage meals when teens go on special diets

As part of teen experimentation and identity formation, many teens try out a variety of special diets – diets that go beyond calorie counting and limiting portion sizes to restricting or eliminating entire groups of foods. Sometimes teens take an interest in a special diet because a friend or celebrity tried it or because they have a specific health concern related to the food they’re avoiding.

Regardless of the reason, teen diets add an extra layer of complexity to family meals – whether it’s a standard weeknight dinner or visiting extended family on holidays. We asked parents of teens across the country to share their experiences and challenges related to their teens’ special diets. The results will be released in our latest NPCH Report next week. Sign up for our email list to make sure you get the report as soon as it’s released.

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