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Can a child live on nothing but beans and water twice a day for extended periods of time, say up to a year? What would be the consequences of such a diet, and could it be considered abusive if the parents or caregivers were financially able to provide other food but refused?

Answer:

This would be very concerning. Such an extreme restricted diet would lead to serious nutritional deficiencies in an adult let alone a child. Eating a single food item is never going to meet the nutritional needs of a growing child. Deficiencies over time can lead to a variety of medical conditions and seriously compromise the health of the child. With the exception of people living in a 3rd world country and experiencing a famine, there is no reason why anyone should raise their child on such a diet.

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