Can Vegetarianism Be a Cover For an Eating Disorder? Articles>Eating DisordersBy The Ranch TNOctober 18, 2012Adopting a vegetarian diet is a decision that flows from a mind-set. It could be that a person feels that the vegetarian lifestyle is the most healthful. Others may turn to vegetarian eating because of moral convictions about the environment or animal rights. However, some use the diet to mask disordered eating.