The Medical Univeristy of Graz in Austria has drawn light to a different story on vegetarianism. We mostly hear from people who are vegetarian that they feel healthier in comparison to their friends who are not. I know that many people in our field are very dedicated vegetarians as well and like to promote this with great passion. However, this new study has found that vegetarians, although generally more physically active, have poorer health and quality of life compared to meat-eaters.
Other statistics and findings presented by this study include:
- Vegetarians are twice as likely to have allergies
- Vegetarians have a 50% increase in heart attacks
- Vegetarians also show a 50% increase in incidences of cancer
- Vegetarians suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression
- Those who consumed the lowest amounts of animal fat were linked to poorer health practices as well, like avoiding vaccinations and preventative care
The cross-sectional study from the Austrian Health Interview Survey analyzed the dietary habits, demographic characteristics and their general lifestyle differences. Many studies from the past have emphasized the health risks associated with red meat and diets that include the consumption of animals and foods derived from them. This study looked at the differences in health from the two groups of people on a broader scale.
The researchers’ final note? “Our study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment.”
To read more on this study, please click: http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0088278&representation=PDF