Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
I would wager there are more children now suffering from obesity problems because of a high-fat, low-nutrient diet than there are children suffering from problems associated with vegetarianism.
When done correctly a vegetarian diet is no less harmful than one that is inclusive of meat.
It's all about balance, and you really can't attack a whole demographic of people because of the ignorance of a few.
I eat meat and am very aware that my steak was once a cow and my bacon was once a pig, but that doesn't mean I'm going to look down on people who choose to have different beliefs than me.
I don't look down on vegetarians I am saying it's unhealthy and unnatural. Please don't try to make this personal as it is not. I have already clarified that I am not attacking the people. I feel that many of them are being scammed and I feel sorry for them that they have been mislead.
I have never heard of a child dying of obesity but I can show you more than a few infants and toddlers who were starved to death by their vegetarian parents.
Here is a tragic example...
Two vegans who fed their 11-month-old daughter only mother's milk went on trial in northern France on Tuesday charged with neglect after their baby died suffering from vitamin deficiency.
Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou, whose vegan diet forbids consuming any animal product including eggs and cow's milk, called the emergency services in March 2008 after becoming worried about their baby Louise's listlessness.
When the ambulance arrived at their home in Saint-Maulvis, a small village 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Paris, the baby was already dead.
The ambulance workers called the police because the child was pale and thin, weighing 5.7 kilos (12.5 pounds) compared to an average eight kilos for her age.
The baby had only been fed on the milk of her mother, who was aged 37 at the time.
An autopsy showed that Louise was suffering from a vitamin A and B12 deficiency which experts say increases a child's sensitivity to infection and can be due to an unbalanced diet.
"The problem of vitamin B12 deficiency could be linked to the mother's diet," said Anne-Laure Sandretto, deputy prosecutor in the city of Amiens where the trial is taking place.
The couple has been charged with "neglect or food deprivation followed by death" and face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
— A vegan couple were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice.
The parents of a nine-month-old girl who died after being fed a fruit-based diet have been spared a jail sentence.
Areni Manuelyan died of a chest infection, brought on by malnutrition in July 2000 weighing just eleven and a half pounds, six pounds less than she should have. At her post mortem she was found to be markedly thin, dehydrated and to have severe pneumonia - all of which could be linked to malnutrition. At their trial, her parents, Garabet and Hazmik Manuelyan, both 45, pleaded guilty to child cruelty.
That would normally have resulted in a prison sentence. But at the Old Bailey on Friday, Judge David Paget said what had happened to the family was punishment enough.
This is just a few examples and I have not even touched the kids that survived and the health problems that they have suffered.
I am sorry that you refuse to see the truth but it's out there.....