Michele Simon, president of , an industry watchdog consulting group, has just published an exposé of the close financial relationships between food and beverage companies and the (AND, formerly the American Dietetic Association).
The has also taken a position on vegan and vegetarian diets for children, but its conclusion was quite different. According to its policy statement, "It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and for athletes."
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously called the American Dietetic Association) is the United States’ largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals and represents over 100,000 practitioners. , they made clear their position on vegetarian and vegan diets: