Safeguarding Children’s Health
little ones started smoking, youd be horrified. But
what most of them eat is just as damaging to their health
in the long run. And its in childhood that the habit
starts – so nows the time to begin safeguarding
your childrens health
your children a vegetarian diet is the safest way to provide
all the nutrients they need. By establishing it early on,
the effects will be felt throughout life. Its the way
to cut the risk of killer diseases and improve your kids
chances of a long and healthy future.
are what you eat – and so are your children
than three-quarters of young people aged between four and
18 have a terrible diet – guzzling away on white bread, savoury
snacks, biscuits, chips and chocolate confectionery – according
to a recent national nutritional survey. They are eating too
much sugar, salt, fat and animal protein. They are not eating
enough fibre, fruit and vegetables. Many lack iron, calcium,
zinc, magnesium and vital vitamins such as beta-carotene,
B2 and folate. Even cholesterol levels are too high in one
in ten and, to top it all, about a third dont even poo
it really matter?
You bet it does! More than at any other time in history, young
people are basing their diet around meat, dairy products and
junk processed foods and many lack the vital vitamins and
minerals needed to help combat disease. Todays adults
are facing epidemics of heart disease (it kills one in three
men and one in four women) and cancer (it kills one in four
of both sexes and is getting worse). Diabetes, obesity, strokes,
high blood pressure, gallstones... there is a long list of
diseases that simply wont go away. The seeds are sown
in childhood and todays children are eating an even
worse diet than their parents did when they were young. So
their prospects when they grow up are grim indeed. Their risk
of developing these devastating diseases is even higher than
todays adults. Scarier still – kids are developing adult
diseases earlier on in life.
control – provide the cure
Its no good waiting for someone else to provide a cure
– it isnt going to happen. You can improve your childrens
chances of a healthy life right now by what you give them
to eat. The younger you start, the sooner healthy eating habits
will be developed. And a child who eats healthily is likely
to grow into an adult who eats healthily.
the experts say about a veggie diet:
reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood
pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancers...
lowers morbidity and mortality rates ... (you
get less disease and live longer).
diets offer disease protection benefits because of lower
saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein and often
higher levels of folate, antioxidants and plant nutrients...
in arresting heart disease.
a veggie diet improves childrens health
One of the major causes of childhood allergies is whole
cows milk. Vegan diets avoid milk.
Children are at high risk. Animal products are responsible
for 95 per cent of all cases.
Heart disease begins in childhood. Vegetarians have
a 25 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease.
Half of under-fives may be exceeding safety limits
for toxins in food – and it is meat, dairy, eggs and
fish which are the worst affected.
One in ten kids are overweight – but veggies are leaner
when they grow up
Losing calcium from the body is a major cause of fragile
bones (osteoporosis). Vegetarians lose up to 50 per
cent less than meat-eaters.
Vegetarians have an up to 40 per cent lower risk of
dying from cancer than meat-eaters.
A vegetarian diet can reduce the risk and improve control
A meat-free diet reduces the risk and can lower blood
pressure for those who suffer.
Vegetarians have a 20 per cent less chance of dying
protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates, good
fats, disease-busting vitamins C, E and beta-carotene,
B-vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc and fruit and veg.
its not got
animal fat, animal protein, cholesterol.
it can cause
Your very good health!
typical modern kids dinner
animal fat, excessive protein, cholesterol, salt, sugar
(also iron, B-vitamins, zinc).
its not got
fibre, complex carbohydrates, good fats,
plentyful disease-busting vitamins E and beta-carotene
and fruit and veg.
it can cause
heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
are the types of foods that leading health advisers
say we should be eating more of:
other experts say:
diet free of meat, fish, milk and eggs is by far the
safest and one that I highly recommend.
Emanuel Goldman, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics at NJMS.
avoidance of meat is likely to reduce the risk of heart
disease and impart health advantages.
Dr WC Willett, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical
best move for those who feel inspired to go the
whole way is to eliminate animal products from
the diet altogether.
Cancer Specialist, Dr Rosy Daniel.
who grow up getting their nutrition from plant foods
rather than meats have a tremendous advantage. They
are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes,
high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.
Dr Benjamin Spock (1904-1998), Paediatrician and
world renowned child health expert.
closer one approaches a total plant food diet, the greater
the health benefit...
Colin Campbell, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry,
Cornell University, Long-time senior science advisor
to the world cancer research fund.
you want good health – dont eat animal products.
& Vegan Foundation is dedicated to scientifically investigating
vegetarian health and nutrition and can provide you with all
the help you need to get your family eating healthily, ensuring
they get every single nutrient their bodies need. Send for
any or all of the following:
read, parents guide – Kids Go Veggie (£1.50).
Kitchen inspiration for adults – Easy Veggie Recipes (£1.50).
Recipe guide for teenagers – No Sweat Veggie Cooking (£1.50).
For those with tiny tots – Vegetarian & Vegan Mother &
Baby Guide (£1.90).
An essential guide for new veggies – The L-Plate Vegetarian
The guide for new vegans – The L-Plate Vegan (£1.50).
VVFs full scientific report – Safeguarding Childrens
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