Vegan and vegetarian diets for kids

Pediatrician James Varga, MD, shares advice for parents on whether a vegan or vegetarian diet is safe for kids and on some of the important factors that determine if it is safe
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When parents come to my office, usually with teenage girls who are interesting in becoming a vegan or a vegetarian, they often ask, "Is it safe?" My answer is usually, "It depends." It depends on some very important factors. Many of the teenagers that I see that want to become a vegan or a vegetarian, do not a lentil from an automobile. For me, if they do it correctly, it is perfectly safe. Usually, I will refer them to a nutritionist to be able to get some counselling or some references, so that if they do decide to adopt this lifestyle, they can do it safely. Another issue that comes up with vegetarianism or veganism is where the family is already committed to this particular lifestyle. My professional experience is that most of those families have been doing it quite a long time and are well educated about the dos and don'ts. If I suspect or am able to determine that they are not that knowledgeable, I will refer them to a nutritionist so that they can do counselling and be able to do it correctly.

Pediatrician James Varga, MD, shares advice for parents on whether a vegan or vegetarian diet is safe for kids and on some of the important factors that determine if it is safe

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James Varga, MD

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James Varga began to practice medicine in 1977 after graduating from Bucknell University and New York Medical College with honors. James completed post doctoral studies in Child Development at UCLA. His wife Olga and he have two great daughters, Jenna and Maya.

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