I am 21, and throughout my High School and early College years I was (still am) friends with all kinds of people. Punks, goths, regulars, Jocks, spanish, asian, you name it. And from what I’ve seen when kids are vegan, emo, in short a wuzzy, for the most part it comes down to the parents. But, when kids don’t want to gain muscle, eat poorly, etc it usually comes down to ignorance and misinformation.
You see the guys I’ve met who are vegan, vegetarians, hippies, etc tend to come from very liberal parents. Reason being is that those parents instilled values like “killing animals is wrong”, “fighting/wrong is wrong”, etc. So the kids grow up in this “soil” and develop by following those basic values and beliefs. But in varying degrees depending on the individual.
Now, when it comes to muscle, training and diet, from what i’ve seen, misinformation was the biggest thing. Especially in those who didn’t do sports. Parents are just as confused as kids. People in H.S, College, work, just about everywhere believe that in 3 months of going to the gym 3 times a week for 1hr will make them get a six pack, and put 3 inches in thier arms.
Not only that, but people, especially girls, think that if they lift heavy and take a protein shake they will get big and bulky in 2 months. Thats why after 3 months of going to the gym most people stop going.
These are the 2 main trends I’ve seen in people. Sometimes these two get mixed up, thats when it is scary.
Now the most ironic I’ve seen, is that all the guys/gals I’ve known who take “nutrition” are the most stupid of all! Not because they don’t know, but because they think they Know It All.