Is a vegan diet safe for kids?
Children's book sparks outrage
- Duration 5:12
- Date Apr 21, 2012
Children's book sparks outrage
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-- Begin diet safe for kids there's a new children's book titled Begin is love sprouting up.
And has concerns.
From parents the book claims that going Begin.
Is not only good for animals but also healthy for youngsters to joining us now is the author of best -- These -- and former editor in chief of Psychology Today Magazine.
Child psychologist doctor Robert -- -- they're here to debate.
This premise thanks to both of you for being here.
-- I want -- get your book first and some of the criticism that it's gotten your book on obviously touts the health benefits of eating more vegetables but but some parents say that it's also.
Graphic let me read.
Agreed an excerpt from -- it says you don't have to be an expert to know that animals do not want a balance on balls or jump through hoops or of fire.
But circus animals have to perform tricks whether they like it or not if they don't.
They're tied up and they're beaten with sticks whips and books.
-- cheerful -- their does not fool us we do not see his show.
That have to do with children eating more helpfully.
Well I think a lot -- think people are outraged and stealing this information about this book because ultimately.
They don't know what they're eating and what they're participating in and I think it's the American public knew.
The level of -- is an -- in the meat and dairy industries and any congress that uses animals for that -- Then an outrage would be directed at the industries and not at a children's book about choices alternative to the status.
Well fund and doctor upside obviously all parents are trying to have their children need more -- fully incorporate more vegetables used if there's if -- -- Thing that happens however when kids are on a restricted diet what is that.
Well there's some research suggesting Ellison that.
Children are at -- very restrictive diets when given the opportunity when adults are not looking in other words.
They'll actually eat more junk food to eat more suites.
Than children who were you know given reasonable access to different kinds of -- so.
Basically in every respect I find this the most disturbing children's book I've ever seen I say -- not just as a researcher.
But as a parent of six children.
And you go go a little further until I wanna I wanna hear you expound on that why is it -- a survey.
Well the books I read to my a kids who -- as young as six by the way.
And there's -- books about family their books about love their books about inspiration.
This is a -- mainly about fear and guilt and I think parenting by.
Fear or by guilt is very bad parenting.
Ruby you can address that.
Yeah I think you can -- all the psychobabble that you want but the reality is that I've read this book to hundreds if not thousands of kids.
And thousands of kids around the world have that.
And I've never seen one child -- gotten one email for any parents.
About a child being overwhelmed.
Only adults are overwhelmed by this book and in fact my experience in the classroom.
As they kids that's.
And went inside -- and curiosity.
And they are eager to participate in a lifestyle that.
Shows positive an instant impact.
Especially when it comes to animals so -- -- is really.
But about the opposite of fear the most important message in this book is that we do not have to hear anything we have the power to change.
This -- is about love it's about how far across the world we can send that love to the choices we make every day.
Well yeah he doesn't know me I mean yes and no I'm sorry to interrupt you also say -- is -- about fish for instance about kids eating fish and lots of people have believed that.
Fish oil is great for kids brains you say Fisher -- fishing has killed off most of the ocean.
Continue to catch and sell what's left even when it's against the law so you're demonizing.
I mean you can -- it's about love and acceptance but some of the passages are not that your response.
It's -- everything in my book is based on fact we -- dealing with pollution in the oceans.
Tell -- if people want to continue to fifteen -- kids me and Gary and fish from a polluted ocean.
And that's their prerogative but okay -- -- you will eventually see the physical manifestations.
Of eating his name is an abused animal and.
-- quickly doctor -- what are you counseling parents to -- Avoid this bug that's for sure because again young children are very impressionable -- they're all very different one from another.
The fact that -- has dropped is only paying attention to the positive reaction that she's getting that does not mean that some children.
Are going to be are at the very disturbed by this but they must -- this book has strong powerful negative -- is and some minutes just plain wrong.
OK doctor ruby -- the doctor Robert Epstein thank you so much for coming in to debate yes I'm sure we'll hear from our viewers more we appreciate it.