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Underweight teen boys

Are you worried about being underweight? Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it? We all grow and develop at different rates. You may have friends who are taller, heavier and more muscular than you. Lots of boys don't reach their adult height and…

Underweight teen girls

You may be wondering if you're underweight. Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it. You can check by using our healthy weight calculator. If you're underweight, your GP, practice nurse or school nurse can give you help and advice. There could be a…

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Making the decision to start a family with the help of a sperm donor can be difficult, and there are many issues to consider. Here's what you need to know. Donor sperm can help you become a parent, regardless of your sexuality, gender, and whether…

Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Over recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Evidence is still developing on how effective they are, but many people have found them helpful for quitting. An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows you to inhale…

Vagina changes after childbirth

The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…

The vegan diet

A vegan diet contains only plants - such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits - and foods made from plants. Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. Healthy eating as a vegan You should be able to get most of the nutrients you…

Vegetarian and vegan children

If you're bringing up your child on a diet without meat (vegetarian) or without any food from an animal (vegan), they'll need two or three portions of vegetable proteins or nuts every day to make sure they get enough protein and iron. Don't give whole nuts to…

Vegetarian and vegan diets Q&A

Read our answers to common questions about staying healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet, from looking after your bones to healthy eating in pregnancy. What is a vegetarian? At what age is it safe to become a vegetarian or vegan? Can babies and children have…

Vegetarian and vegan mums-to-be

Eating healthily during pregnancy is important for your own health and the health of your developing baby. It's important to eat a varied and balanced diet during pregnancy. This will provide enough nutrients for your own health and the development and growth of your baby…

The vegetarian diet

For vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs, a healthy diet is the same as for anyone else, but without meat or fish. Healthy eating as a vegetarian The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of food we should eat - and in what proportions - to have…
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