Is it true that being vegan at a real young age can stunt your growth or mess with your development? I'm 14 and everybody is telling me that I can't go vegan because my body isn't fully developed. (Yet I've been a vegetarian for almost 2 years.)
Being deficient in or getting an excess of vitamins or minerals, or consuming too many or inadequate calories will mess with your development, certainly. There’s a stereotype that vegans, especially ones that grow up vegan, are thin, pale, sickly, and undernourished. I’m sure that some vegans don’t ensure good nutrition and therefore grow up without enough vitamins, nutrients, or calories. My best advice is to know your stuff and make sure you’re getting the right nutrition your body needs. Seeing a nutritionist might also be a good idea. There’s some great websites where you can track not only how many calories you’re getting, but vitamins and minerals and macronutrients etc. which I think is very helpful when it comes to seeing the overall picture of your nutritional health. Best of luck to you!