Dangit, this one is hard... Umm... I guess it is okay, but I think the kids should have a choice. I just say, if it happens, that is just how it happens.
I have no problem with vegans and vegetarians, but it just bothers me that they are so soft. Not all of them, but the one's I've seen and met IRL are just so... not me I guess.
In the end, I'd say that it is really the kid's choice, even though cutting of meat and or dairy/other stuff from animals is pretty healthy from what I've seen. You shouldn't force your child into something, but it still happens.
As far as I know, for children it may actually not be all that healthy to completely cut off diary and other proteine-rich foods. For adults it's less of an issue because we don't have to do as much growing anymore, but children do, and if they lack essential nutrients it can permanently stunt their growth, so it can be risky if you don't know what you are doing
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I feel like the child should have some say in it, but once they know about it and are preferably more mature, not saying kids can't be mature and this is why I'm not saying a certain age, but they should defiantly make sure that their getting all the stuff that they need.
But yea, forcing a child to go vegetarian is like forcing someone to marry someone they don't like, I just don't support it, even if they grow out of caring or never really cared, they should be allowed to have some choice.
Yeah. I hate when people force such a diet on really young children and make them sick like this, I mean you should do some kind of research on what a child needs not just shove your diet on it. Also Ive seen people feed their dogs and cats a vegan diet, in one case I remember the cat almost died, and the dogs looked really skinny. I dont get why people would do that.
I absolutely cannot stand it when people force it upon dogs and cats. You're taking a CARNIVOROUS creature in your house only to deprive it of the food it needs to survive? Either give it the right food or don't take one at all. If you want an animal that doesn't eat meat, take a bunny or something. But it makes me super angry when people buy a dog or cat with the intention of not feeding it meat. Cats are carnivorous and will go blind, and die eventually, when not fed meat. Dogs are more carnivorous, but I wouldn't recommend trying to turn them into vegans. Pets are a luxury, not a necessity. And they require the sacrifice of you feeding them what they need.
I think that a child should eat a normal diet until they are fully or nearly fully grown, as meat is a great source of protein and is full of great things. The exceptions are if the child has a health issue and cannot eat a certain food.
I also believe the child should have a say in his/her diet as long as they are a reasonable age to form a reasonable opinion. c:
Sure. I mean as long as that is the diet they were on their whole life like when they are like 10 parents shouldn't just change their diet. But ya to me it doesn't matter as long as the child is used to it.
I think it's okay to a certain level, like if your parents were a certain diet I think they should be allowed to show you how the diet works and try it out, but if you find it's not for you, do what you want with your diet. It's your choice in the end ^_^
my mom was vegetarian and when we were younger she put us on a vegetarian diet bc it was easier, but once we were around 7 we got to choose and i stayed vegetarian bc i physically cannot digest meat proteins since i have a weak digestive system (i'm a lactose intolerant pescetarian bc of this) but my sisters now eat meat
I think that at a young age, then yeah, that's totally fine, they may not be able to choose a diet that is balanced and is giving them the right amount of everything. But I also think it sort of depends on the situation. Like if you had a family health problem and going vegetarian would help it, then that would be great, but if you're just doing it to seem hip or just to try it out, then let your kid have some say, because maybe they really don't want to live without some meat product. I would say that it just depends on the situation (like I said before).
Hmm. But the question I ask myself is, IS a vegetarian or vegan diet well-balanced for children? You're at risk of cutting out a lot of essential nutrients. For adults it doesn't matter as much, as their bodies don't need to grow. But children need to build their body and by limiting their diet like that, you might put that into danger.
It could potentially put the kids in danger of some health risks, but I've known people who have been vegetarians since they were little, and they are fine, they just had to make sure that they were eating enough protein and fats. So I think that if you aren't a careful parent that won't be mindful of what your kid is eating, then it is not really an option. But then a normal omnivorous diet can cause other health problems, like overeating and obesity, so everything in moderation. I guess a lot of it depends on if you are going to look out for your kid, because it can cause problems for both diets if you don't care what your kid eats.
I think so long as it's a healthy diet and the child is eating it (not fighting or refusing or something) then it's fine. But if the child is lacking something because of the diet then it is not. However well planned out these diets can all be perfectly healthy (except MAYBE fruitarianism but that's just cuz I've never heard of it and don't know anything about it)
oh and once they're a teen or even when they're younger if they say they want something different they have the right to have it if the parents can afford it(unless they're saying they want a died of candy and pancakes or something)
Yes, with their own bodies, but with children it's like, hmm. A child needs certain nutrients adults don't, because they need to grow, so it's risky to cut nutrients off their diet just because an adult can manage it D:
I think when the child is young, the parents should absolutely have control over their diet, because young children aren't mature enough to make responsible decisions for themselves (if my parents let me choose what I wanted to eat, I wouldn't have chosen anything other than chicken nuggets and mac 'n cheese). But once the child gets older (basically, once they know basic nutrition and are educated enough to know responsible eating), I feel like they should get more say in what they eat, but not necessarily full control. I really don't like the idea of someone forcing someone else to be vegetarian (or a parent trying to force a child to not be vegetarian), but yet I can see it from the side of "we're vegetarian ourselves, vegetarian food is expensive, we don't want to buy a second set of food so one member of the household can eat differently from us." It could also mean needing to prepare two entirely different meals at mealtime (unless the child is offering to make it themselves, which would be cool). I think that the parent, though, should absolutely not control what the older child eats outside of the house though. In the sense of "we want you to be vegetarian, you don't want to be, and you're going to a friend's party where they're serving burgers, and you are not allowed to eat the burgers." I can sort of understand them controlling what the child eats at home due to previously mentioned reasons, but if they try and run their child's diet outside that, it's just plain awful.
But what I'm worried about is, is a diet based on plants only enough for a child to grow up healthily? Aren't you depriving it of nutrients that way? Mainly talking about young children, as they still need to grow D:
That I'm honesty not sure about! I don't know much about nutrition, but I think I have heard that it can be tough to get enough nutrition with vegetarianism. I don't know at all how that applies to children, but I'd imagine it could be tough. And I'm not really sure where I stand on that, mainly because I don't feel properly educated on that. I'd hope that the parents would do whatever's best nutritionally for the child, even if it goes against their diet.
Hmm, supplements often just don't provide it in the right quantity even if the label says so (at least that goes for vitamins, the recommended portion on the package for a whole month is actually what your body could use in two days). It's very tricky!