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Are vegan diets healthy for children?

Baby fat might look cute, but it's far from benign. Doctors say chubby children often grow into fat adults, and a new report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine describes in stark terms just what parents must do to safeguard kids from a lifetime of obesity - and obesity-related health problems. But a review of the report suggests that too many parents are making mistakes. Keep clicking to see eight biggies...
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(CBS) Eye on Parenting recently shared an Associated Press report about the upheld life sentence for a Georgia couple's in the starvation death of their son.

The infant, according to state prosecutors, was fed only soy milk and apple juice from birth. The couple's defense was that they were vegans. Vegans typically use no animal products. Defense attorneys alleged that the couple didn't know the baby was in danger until they rushed him to the hospital. But prosecutors said they intentionally neglected the baby.

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This story raises many questions about neglect, nutrition and what is needed to keep babies safe. Eye on Parenting's Amanda Cochran turned to Dr. Mary Pulido, executive director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and nutritionist Keri Glassman, for some insight into special diets for children and how they should - and should not - be implemented.

Check out the video for their insights into this case:

Additional resource for parents:

Healthy Families America: According to their website: An evidence-based, nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. It is the primary home visiting model designed to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (three to five years after the birth of the baby).