What do you do when your nine-year-old says she doesn’t plan to eat meat anymore? It’s a remarkably common situation. This article surveys the possibilities, from eating disorder, the worry over weight, to pickiness, to a sincere and genuine choice. (Hey, it’s possible.) The question of nutrition is a serious one, since girls tend to toy with vegetarianism just when their need for protein and iron is peaking at the onset of puberty.