Eating meat could be among the factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency, a study by two Chennai-based doctors published in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Paediatricshas said.
The study, which was carried as a 'scientific communication' in the prestigious journal, has triggered a debate among doctors and researchers, with some of them questioning the editorial board's motive behind publishing the interview-based survey without scientific validation.
The findings are based on interviews with 60 children in the Government Observation Home for boys in Kellys and 60 studying in two government schools in the city. A majority of the delinquents were charged with theft, while 15% were held for murder and a few for causing hurt.
Dr Sridevi Naaraayan from the government Institute of Child Health, Egmore, a co-author, said she, along with a former colleague, had chalked out 29 parameters to understand the effect of personal and school factors on juvenile delinquency. Dietary pattern was one of them. "We found that among the delinquents, 97% were non-vegetarians, while only 65% of the students in mainstream schools said their diet included meat," said Dr Naaraayan......Read more
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