Finger on the pulses: So, your kid wants to go vegan? Here’s ...

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Finger on the pulses: So, your kid wants to go vegan? Here’s what to do

As Will and Jada Smith found, it’s not easy staging a food intervention when your child’s gone down a rabbit hole

Maria Lally

“Eat your greens!” has long been the battle cry of parents of teenagers everywhere. But it appears to be a little less necessary for the current generation: the number of vegans in the UK has risen by 350% in the past decade, with young people driving the boom – almost half of the UK’s 540,000 vegans are aged between 15 and 34.

Vocal vegans include 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has spoken about convincing her parents to go vegan (“I made them feel so guilty,” she told an interviewer. “My dad is [now] vegan, my mum, she tries, she’s 90% vegan”), as well as teen favourite Ariana Grande.

However, going vegan is not without its issues. This week, the American actress Jada Pinkett Smith admitted she and actor husband Will Smith had to stage a “vegan intervention” for their 21-year-old son Jaden. “We realised he wasn’t getting enough protein,” she said on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk...

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