Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, Ofsted chief says

Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, an Ofsted chief has told MPs.

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham is still segregating boys and girls despite a Court of Appeal ruling in 2017 that found it was unlawful, according to Luke Tryl, director of corporate strategy at Ofsted.

Addressing the women and equalities select committee, he said that Ofsted inspectors are trying to hold schools account for discriminating against girls but feel “isolated” when their stance is not backed up by ministers.

“Our inspectors are going out and having to make some quite tricky judgements where there are those potential clashes [between equalities laws and religious freedoms],” Mr Tryl said.

“We perhaps don’t always feel we get the support we need from the rest of Government in pushing that forward.”

He said that Al-Hijrah school was enforcing a “very strict gender segregation” which included “denying the girls to have their lunch until the boys had had theirs”. “And we had some very discriminatory texts for instance, encouraging violence against women,” he said.

Mr Tryl said that Ofsted welcomed the Court of Appeal’s ruling that gender segregation within the school fell foul of equalities laws, but despite the case concluding in mid-2017 the school has still not de-segregated.

While Ofsted inspectors can highlight segregation in their reports, the power of enforcement falls to officials at the DfE.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/01/30/muslim-school-will-not-allow-girls-eat-lunch-boys-have-finished/

Vegan induced metal illness: Vegan bride slammed for banning meat-eating relatives from big day

A vegan bride has infuriated social media users after revealing she’d banned her meat-eating relatives from her big day.

The Aussie woman took to a vegan group on Facebook looking for support, but got a rude awakening when her fellow meat-free members slammed her for the controversial decision.

While many supported her decision to have a vegan menu at her wedding, people we angry how she was treating her family, who she labelled “murderers” over their choice of diet.

“When your ‘family’ tries to guilt trip you into letting them come to your fully vegan wedding, even though they’re omnivores,” the disgruntled veggo wrote, alongside two laughing emojis.

“Just for some context, some family members were told they are not invited to my wedding because we don’t want to host murderers,” she continued. “Our wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives.”

However, despite her message being shared among fellow vegans, she received a negative response.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/marriage/vegan-bride-slammed-for-banning-meateating-relatives-from-big-day/news-story/b0b851eed59dcd9223c36fae8211df0b

But in all but two studies done in the past, vegetarianism has been linked with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and particularly eating disorders (bingeing, restricting, and purging behaviors). But to be perfectly honest, all those studies had some serious limitations (they were small, done special populations, and often measures based on just a few answers to general survey questions). I’ve reviewed a few of them. (My favorite has to be the one where they calculated arachidonic acid ingested to the hundredth of a gram based on data from a food frequency questionnaire, which seems very unlikely to be accurate) I don’t think it is a coincidence that the two positive studies were done by the same group of researchers in the Seventh Day Adventist population.

Compared to the general population, the vegetarians were more likely to have mental disorders, and compared to the sex and education and population and age matched controls, the risk of mental disorders in vegetarians really shot up, with odds ratios hovering around 2 fold increased risk, some as high as 3 fold.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201211/youre-vegetarian-have-you-lost-your-mind

The bad news is that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians were indeed more likely that non-vegetarians to suffer from all four of the categories of mental illnesses. (See the graph.) For example, vegetarians were twice as likely as non-vegetarians to have had an anxiety disorder and five times more likely to have suffered from an eating disorder. The frequency of mental illness among the semi-vegetarians generally fell between the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/animals-and-us/201512/how-scary-are-the-mental-health-risks-vegetarianism