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Raising Children on a Vegan Diet: Parents’ Opinion on Problems in Everyday Life

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Gastrointestinal Unit, Department of Translational Sciences and New Technology in Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Pediatric Institute of Southern Switzerland, Ospedale Regionale di Bellinzona e Valli, Via Ospedale 12, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
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Section of Statistics, University Hospital of Pisa, 56100 Pisa, Italy
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Scientific Society for Vegetarian Nutrition, Scientific Committee, Via Verdi 10/9, 30171 Mestre (VE), Italy
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Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Pediatrics, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Academic Editor: Nadja Haiden
Nutrients 2021, 13(6), 1796; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061796
Received: 7 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 23 May 2021 / Published: 25 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutritional Pearls and Pitfalls of Gastrointestinal Diseases)
A growing number of Italian families are adopting a vegan diet (VD) for their offspring from infancy for various reasons, with health benefits and ethics being the most common reasons. Barriers to effective communication with primary care pediatricians (PCPs) are perceived by many parents and, depending on the actors involved and the environment, a VD may affect social interactions in everyday life. A national cross-sectional survey was conducted between July and September 2020. Parents of children following a VD completed an online questionnaire. Data from 176 Italian parents were collected. About 72% (71.8%) of the children included in this study had been on a VD since weaning. Parents did not inform their primary care pediatricians (PCP) about the VD in 36.2% of the cases. In 70.8% of the cases, PCPs were perceived as skeptical or against a VD. About 70% (71.2%) of the parents relied on medical dietitians, and 28.2% on nutritionists/dietitians for dietary counseling. Parents administered an individual B12 supplement in 87.2% of the cases. To the best of our knowledge, this survey is the first which explores the relationship between vegan parents and their PCPs, the parental management of their children’s diet and problems regarding the implementation of a VD in everyday life. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegan diet; vegetarian diets; nutrition; complementary feeding; weaning; children; infants vegan diet; vegetarian diets; nutrition; complementary feeding; weaning; children; infants
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Bivi, D.; Di Chio, T.; Geri, F.; Morganti, R.; Goggi, S.; Baroni, L.; Mumolo, M.G.; de Bortoli, N.; Peroni, D.G.; Marchi, S.; Bellini, M. Raising Children on a Vegan Diet: Parents’ Opinion on Problems in Everyday Life. Nutrients 2021, 13, 1796. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061796

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Bivi D, Di Chio T, Geri F, Morganti R, Goggi S, Baroni L, Mumolo MG, de Bortoli N, Peroni DG, Marchi S, Bellini M. Raising Children on a Vegan Diet: Parents’ Opinion on Problems in Everyday Life. Nutrients. 2021; 13(6):1796. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061796

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Bivi, Daisy, Teresa Di Chio, Francesca Geri, Riccardo Morganti, Silvia Goggi, Luciana Baroni, Maria G. Mumolo, Nicola de Bortoli, Diego G. Peroni, Santino Marchi, and Massimo Bellini. 2021. "Raising Children on a Vegan Diet: Parents’ Opinion on Problems in Everyday Life" Nutrients 13, no. 6: 1796. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061796

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