The medical opinion was requested by a representative of a national human rights organization who sought advice from pediatricians and other health professionals. The Royal Academy of Medicine operates as a consultancy agency for Belgian government institutions.
Vitamins, including essential ingredients such as D and B12, calcium or even trace elements and nutrients essential for proper development are "absent from this diet", according to a statement by Casimir.
Isabelle Thiebaut, co-author of the opinion and president of a European dietetic organization, said that it was important to explain to parents "weight loss and psychomotor delays, the underage -nutrition, anemia "and other possible nutritional deficiencies caused by a vegan. diet for children. If parents do not follow the new recommendation, children who continue to follow a vegan diet should receive supplements, medical follow-up and regular blood tests, according to the academy.
Everyone does not agree with the statement of the academy.
The same opinion is maintained across the pond.
"Vegetarian diets, including vegan diets, are planned appropriately, are healthy and nutritionally adequate, and can have health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases," according to the Academy. Nutrition and Dietetics, an American organization for nutrition professionals. "These diets are suitable for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adult life and athletes."