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Taking to the platform to ask if others thought they were in the wrong, the parent explained the friend - referred to as 'M' - is 'much smaller and paler' than their own daughter.
"My daughter and her friend M are both 12 years old and like to have sleepovers every now and then," they began.
"M's family maintains a strict vegan diet where she isn't even allowed to drink milk. Her parents are nice people although a bit on the neurotic side.
"M is bright young girl and she's a good friend to my daughter but I noticed how much smaller and paler she is compared to my daughter. I think it's likely tied to her family's diet.
"So whenever she is over I always make a big meaty meal for them. Last weekend I made some cheeseburgers and steak for them on the grill with a big glass of milk. M absolutely loves it and always politely asks for more (which I happily provide).
"For snacks I give them some of my venison jerky. For breakfast I typically make a big plate of scrambled eggs and bacon again with a big glass of milk.
"Despite her size M always wolfs down whatever I make. And I have to say every time she leaves it looks like she has a healthy glow to her.
"I know I probably shouldn't be doing this but I think M is a bit malnourished (nothing against vegans or anything). She knows she'll get in big trouble if she tells her folks. (I think she fibs a bit to her parents about what she eats).
"AITA for letting my daughter's vegan friend eat meat?"
And let's just say Reddit was pretty unanimous with its decision!
One person wrote: "You are not her doctor. This isn't your choice to make. Undermining her parents' dietary choices is going to do more harm than good for her.
"To jump from a strict plant based diet to one heavy with dairy and meat and then to go right back to strict plant based, that shocks the body so to speak. If you're concerned about her health, talk to her parents."
While another said: “'She isn’t even allowed to drink milk' umm, yeah obviously? Vegans don’t do dairy.
"If you have concerns about her being malnourished, talk to her parents, or CPS if you suspect abuse. Feeding long term vegans animal products can make them sick.
"Tbh sounds like you just don’t agree with / don’t like her parents and are doing this to spite them."
And a third pointed out: "Not your place to decide how someone else raises their kid. If you think there’s an issue, talk to them. If you think the issue borders on abuse, talk to the authorities."
A small minority of users, however, said the 12-year-old is 'old enough to decide' if she wants to be a vegan or not. One wrote: "I think it’s a big FU to force personal diet choices on a child who is old enough to decide if she wants to eat meat or not. OP isn’t sneaking ground up meat into the kids tofu, he or she is offering it and the kid decides to eat it or not."
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