Belgian officials will “no longer tolerate” parents who force their kids to be vegan.
It follows a number of cases in the European country of children being hospitalised and suffering health complications, and even a death in 2017, linked to vegan diets.
Government children’s rights official Bernard Devos asked the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium to make a ruling on the controversial diet, whose adherents avoid eating meat and dairy, and avoid using products made from animal-derived sources.
The academy did so on Thursday, reports local paper Le Soir, saying it was “not ethical” to impose veganism on children.
“This restrictive regime requires ongoing monitoring of children to avoid deficiencies and often irreversible growth delays,” the academy’s report said.
“It is unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers and pregnant and lactating women… This concept of nutrition is similar to a form of treatment that it is not ethical to impose on children.”
Adults can and should choose for themselves what they want to eat. But forcing your beliefs on kids can harm them.