The Tab recently published an article claiming that vegetarians are more likely to have a poor quality of life and be more likely to contract diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and depression or anxiety.
Supposedly vegetarians were more than twice as likely to have allergies as meat-eaters, they were three per cent more likely to contract cancer, and a massive 150 per cent more likely to have a heart attack. Vegetarians were also hit harder by 14 of the 18 illnesses monitored in the study – which included diabetes, migraines, and osteoporosis.
The study also claimed that vegetarians were twice as likely to be mentally disturbed. Perhaps that’s because we have to stand by and watch while people murder, skin and torture animal for their ‘fashion sense’ or ‘favourite tastes’.
That aside, I can safely say if anything, I have a much clearer view and opinion on the world as a whole and the energy that eating a vegan diet has given me has improved my mental state two-folds.
The study had plenty of limitations meaning making conclusions was essentially grabbing at straws. It could be the case, for example, that people with certain cancers could chose to adopt a vegetarian diet to try and improve their health, rather than a vegetarian diet increasing the risk of developing cancer.
Additionally, the study was a cross sectional survey design which means it only looks at a snapshot of time. This means that no cause and effect can be identified objectively. Not to mention the sample size was only 330. Tiny as sample sizes go.
Now I don’t agree with vegetarianism because you’re still contributing to animal cruelty, if anything you’re as bad as someone who eats meat. Not only that but you’re still going to exhibit most health conditions associated with eating a full-blown meat eating diet.
If you’re eating eggs and dairy it should be no surprise that you’re probably going to have a heart attack sometime in your life because of the high amount of saturated fat. Not to mention the risk of diabetes that goes hand in hand with a high animal fat diet. Or the increased risks of osteoporosis.
It seems as though The Tab has ignored the hundreds of studies out there that support the claims that a vegan diet is significantly better for humans than a meat eating diet and focused on this one to stir some controversy. Not only that, but through their choice they picked a study that was published 4 years ago and is poorly referenced. Not a great choice.
They specifically claim that “before any meat eating readers start feeling smug, the study provides no proof that vegetarians are in poorer health than meat eaters.”
I would happily pay attention to the study and listen to their claims. However, a majority of studies that bash anything except eating a meat-based diet are typically funded by the meat and dairy industry. Arguably, the most powerful industry in the world. When it has an unbiased stand point, maybe I’ll listen. That’s not to mention the huge amount of limitations the study created for itself.
This is just The Tab using a bit of clickbait to get views and meet their targets.