With an increasing number of young people adopting a vegan diet (over 40% of Australian vegans are aged 15-34), it is important to consider some of the key health concerns associated with this regime. Cutting out numerous food groups will inevitably come with a few risks. While it is possible to be healthy on a vegan diet, this requires much research and education (and usually supplementation), something few teenagers consider before jumping on board the #vegan trend. This has been attributed to the fact veganism is made to look so desirable on Instagram.
As part of our investigation we plan to speak with qualified health professionals including Jessica Sepel and Jennifer Murrant, as well as vegan food ‘instagrammers’ leading the trend to gain insights into what a vegan diet looks like and whether or not it is nutritionist approved.