Tired of all those studies that claim that being a vegetarian is healthier/will save the environment or whatever? You're in luck, blessed carnivores, for Austria's Medical University of Graz has published a study concluding that vegetarians in fact are less healthy and have a lower quality of life than us normals. #sorrynotsorry
Researchers came to this conclusion even after finding that vegetarians are more physically active, smoke and drink less, and have a lower body mass index than meat eaters.
Overall, vegetarians were found to be in a poorer state of health compared to other dietary groups. Vegetarians reported higher levels of impairment from disorders, chronic diseases, and "suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression."
Subjects who consumed lower amounts of animal fat were also linked to poor health care practices, such as avoidance of vaccinations and a lack of preventive care.
Chronic problems associated with vegetarians and people eating carnivorous diets rich in fruits and vegetables were linked to more frequent visits to doctors, which the study authors suggest requires public health programs to reduce the health risk due to their nutritional factors.
Lest you think I'm taking too much stock in this study, researchers also caution that continuing studies need to be done to substantiate their findings. Perhaps American vegetarians somehow differ from Austrian ones thus making this study inapplicable to us.
But, whatever. Can somebody run a study that establish a relationship between vegetarianism and smugness?
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