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Vegetarian diets hurt kids

February 23, 2005

Well, looky here: a top nutritionist reckons that making your kids eat a veggie diet damages their development.

Professor Lindsay Allen of the University of California said that to deny growing children animal products during the critical first few years of life could cause permanent damage.
She said foods made from meat contain some nutrients not found anywhere else and are hard to replace in the diet of vulnerable groups.

Well, of course: have you seen the anaemic, sickly state of kids brought up as strict veggies? Or adult veggies for that matter?

"If you're talking about feeding young children and pregnant women and lactating women I would go as far as to say it is unethical to withhold these foods during that period of life," she said. "There's a lot of empirical research that will show the very adverse effects on child development of doing that."
She was especially critical of parents who imposed a vegan lifestyle on their children, which denied them milk, cheese and butter as well as meat. "There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans,"

Damn right! It's one thing to ruin your own health with your crystal-clutching vegan ning-nang-nongery, but to force it on your child just when they're developing is a fucking outrage. It's just as bad as forcing a religion on a child - no, scratch that, it's worse because:

[M]issing out on meat and dairy products can permanently impair a child's development. Researchers in Holland found that by the time children were 16 years old it was too late to help them by re-introducing meat and milk into their diets. They remained impaired.

A child indoctrinated by religion (or any other ideology) can critically re-evaluate their position in later life. A child whose physical development was retarded by an enforced PC diet has no such luxury.

But wait! Surely there's a counterpoint to this? Who will stand up for the veggies (since it's unlikely they have the strength to stand up on their own). Why, none other than an ex-top pop mop top!

Sir Paul McCartney, whose first wife Linda put her name to a meat-free range of food, telephoned the BBC yesterday to dismiss Prof Allen's claims as "rubbish". He told the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show that he had been a vegetarian for 20 years and raised his children the same with no ill-effects. "I really do think this is rubbish. I suspect these things are engineered by livestock people who have seen sales fall off. It has been a good thing for me and my children who are no shorter than other children."

Yeah, sorry Macca, but the cunt who gave the world the Frog fucking Chorus has no right to lecture anyone on anything, ever. Get to fuck, you boggle-eyed bacon-denier.

Posted by Jonah at February 23, 2005 8:43 AM

Comments


And they taste crap as well. Not like chicken like decent folks.

Posted by: Jan at February 24, 2005 5:11 PM


You are an idiot in the true meaning of the word!! You might want to actually do some research on a topic before you spout your mouth off!!

And nice language, real convincing, makes me want to run out and stuff my child full of meat.

It's people like you that destroy the world for everybody else, you have no idea what your talking about, why don't you leave the truth to those whom are educated on the subject or maybe you might want to read more then two articles before you form a ludicrous opinion.

Posted by: Daon, Dave, Mark, Keegan, Heather, Rachell, Marchi, Daleene,... at May 6, 2005 6:52 PM


> You are an idiot in the true meaning of the
> word!! You might want to actually do some
> research on a topic before you spout your mouth
> off!!

Ooooh, we've got a live one! Come on then, let's be having you ...

> And nice language, real convincing, makes me
> want to run out and stuff my child full of meat.

I hate to puncture your ego but I really don't give a pair of foetid dingo kidneys whether or not you're convinced or what you choose to feed your kid. It isn't the purpose of this little website to convince anyone of anything. So whether or not you object to my swearing on my own fucking blog is of little concern to me.

> It's people like you that destroy the world for
> everybody else

Oh, this is priceless! Forget peak oil, pre-emptive warfare, international terrorism or nuclear proliferation, it's a three-month-old random jokey rant about vegetarianism on a blog with about four readers (tops) that is going to destroy the planet!

Get a sense of perspective, please and spare the rest of us your sanctimonious frothings.

Posted by: jonah at May 9, 2005 12:25 PM


here here jonah these vegi types need taking down a peg or too look at all the poor plants they eat arnt they destroying the earth by killing the very things that make the planet alive for without plants there would be no oxgen if everyone in the world ate plants we would all be dead due to lack of life giving gasses in fact all the methne produced by the population of plant eaters would leave us in even more dire strights as one idiot with a match could destroy the planet

Posted by: matt at May 10, 2005 2:43 PM