Belgium doctors are not big fans of parents who feel the need to raise their children as vegans. In fact, they want these parents to be prosecuted.
“It is not medically recommended and even forbidden to subject a child, especially during periods of rapid growth, to a potentially destabilizing diet,” according to a legal opinion published last week by The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.
Belgian doctors said it was unethical to subject children to the diet because it didn’t include animal proteins and vital amino acids which can help growth and prevent health problems. The vegan diet could only be made safe for growing children if complemented with medical supervision, regular blood tests, and vitamin supplements, which most parents were not qualified to provide.
Currently, three percent of Belgian children are vegan.