Italian parents could soon be legally forbidden from raising vegan children.
An Italian lawmaker is proposing a law that equates a vegan diet with child abuse.
The proposed law comes after a few high profile cases of children being undernourished were linked to vegan diets.
But doctors, including local cardiologist and vegan, Dr. Joel Kahn says vegan diets can be healthy.
The American Dietetic Association clearly states that "well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
Dr. Kahn adds that we should focus on the high rate of obesity and poor nutrition in millions of children in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
+ Among children ages 2 to 19 years, the prevalence of obesity is 17 percent and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents.
+ The rate of obesity increases to 20.5 percent among 12- to 19-year-olds.
+ The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents was higher among Hispanics (22.4 percent) and non-Hispanic blacks (20.2 percent) than among non-Hispanic whites (14.1 percent).
You can find more about this story on Dr. Kahn's blog.