Elizabeth Hawk is a 33-years old vegan mother. She is so fond of raw food that she administered her baby an unhealthy diet, specialists say. The eleven-month-old baby has been eating peanuts and berries until his father noticed that something was wrong with the baby. The vegan mother will face legal charges for endangering the child’s well-being.
Elizabeth Hawk lives in Pennsylvania, and she and her husband, Jerry Hawk, are no longer a couple. The man observed a strange rash on the baby’s body and was alarmed. He also noticed that the little boy had difficulties in moving his hands. The father took him immediately to the hospital. The baby’s aunt was also concerned about the signs.
The vegan mother claims that there is nothing wrong with her son’s diet and that the rashes are due to mere allergies. Family members and friends account for Elizabeth’s extreme vegan diet, which she recommends to anyone.
The doctor in charge with the baby’s case stated that his condition was due to malnourishment. The inappropriate vegan diet caused him to experience delays with his development. Doctors say he couldn’t even crawl. They also say that the mother should at least have tried to treat the baby’s rash.
However, the little boy is stable now, and he shows signs of improvement. The father has the boy’s custody now. The couple has other two children, who also live with their dad.
Vegan diets are highly fashionable at the moment. Specialists argue for and against about its efficiency. Nevertheless, while adults are free to decide whatever they please about the food they consume, a child’s diet should be healthy, containing nutrients which help them grow and develop.
This is not the only case of parents trying to force their children on a vegan diet. Several other cases have been reported around the world. They all show that this practice is not proper for children, who are in the process of growing.
Extreme cases of parents imposing vegan diets on their children led Italian authorities to state a new law. Such parents face the risk of going to prison if they don’t provide their children with proper food, adequate for their age and health needs.
Previous studies show that more than three percent of the adult population in the United States takes up a vegan diet. However, less than half can actually restrain from animal-based products. Are you happy with your diet?
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