Safeguarding Children's Health

Safeguarding Children's Health: Defeating Disease Through Vegetarian/Vegan Diets

A Major New Health and Nutrition Report For Healthcare Professionals and Parents


Professor Colin Campbell 
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, USA and long time senior science advisor to the World Cancer Research Fund.

This report – summarising the scientific evidence favouring the health value of a plant-based diet for children – is well done. I have been on several 'expert panels' responsible for recommending health policy positions, both nationally and internationally, and although some may be more voluminous, none is more reliable. This well-referenced document draws heavily on conclusions drawn by other institutions and panels, who have represented considerable collective deliberation, to synthesize their views into a logical and responsible report. It is well nigh time to make clear to the public that even conservative science is strongly trending in the direction of a plant-based diet and a read of this report is a good place to start.

Dr Anne Griffiths MB ChB

Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Has an MSc in Community Paediatrics and is Associate Specialist at the East Paediatric Team, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Viva! Health has brought together, in this report, the overwhelming evidence that vegetarian and vegan diets are not only healthy for children, but preferable to modern meat and dairy-based diets which are a major cause of chronic ill-health and premature death. Here we have the results from over 200 studies, which show conclusively the links between meat and dairy consumption with such diverse diseases as asthma, gastrointestinal problems, cancer, coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

This information should now be disseminated so that as many parents as possible can make informed choices about what they choose to feed their offspring. Some of us have long-standing beliefs about the importance of meat and dairy products in our diets. We need to challenge these, as individuals and societies. It is imperative that future generations reap the health benefits that a shift towards a plant-based diet can bring. Vegetarian and vegan diets need to be actively promoted as the best diet for all stages of life: pregnant mothers, babies, toddlers, children, adolescents, teenagers and adults. Meat has become the so-called “luxury” we can ill afford.