Religion-based diets are most likely NOT balanced or healthy. This is a crime and should be treated as such. We are not ignorant about child care and this is child abuse.
A five-month-old baby has died from rickets after his parents insisted on following a strict eating regime as part of their religion.
Acute rickets, from which Ndingeko died on June 14, 2012, sees the bones soften because of a deficiency of vitamin D, phosphorus or calcium. The case comes after health professionals raised concerns that the Victorian disease is returning to Britain as a result of poor diets and children not being exposed to sufficient sunshine.
It is believed Ndingeko’s parents belong to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, whose members follow a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet – one that allows milk and eggs, but not animal flesh.
The pair both deny cruelty, but have admitted manslaughter.
Mrs Kunene pleaded guilty at a hearing on Jan 14 and Mr Kunene entered a guilty plea during Monday’s hearing.
In addition to softened bones, rickets can also lead to poor growth and skeletal deformities. Due to shortage of calcium it’s still a big problem in a lot of third-world countries.
Before this the last death caused by rickets in England was 30 years ago. While it was endemic in the 19th century, by the mid 20th century the disease was pretty much eradicated in England.
There is simply no excuse for following antiquated practices that we KNOW are harmful.
Tip: Tim Farley (@krelnik) via Twitter