Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy

“A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders. 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.”

“The researchers conclude: “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.”

Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts.

A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.

Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.

The cross-sectional study from Austrian Health Interview Survey data and published in PLos One examined participants dietary habits, demographic characteristics and general lifestyle differences.

The most significant dietary habit difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians concerned their BMI and alcohol consumption – with both being higher for those who consume meat.

Many past studies have instead put an emphasis on the health risks associated with red meat and carnivorous diets, but this study points the other dietary direction. However, the researchers do caution that continuing studies will be needed to substantiate some of the rather broad dietary distinctions, associations presented in this current research.

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.

The researchers conclude: “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.”

“Therefore, a continued strong public health program for Austria is required in order to reduce the health risk due to nutritional factors.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases for all dietary groups. A 2009 study from the CDC found that about 1 in 200 young Americans, or 367,000 US children, are vegetarians.

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8 Responses to “Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy”

  1. Well, I’m a vegetarian now, and am lean and in excellent health in middle age, but I’m also not a vegetarian for the reasons most often associated with being a vegetarian, and I also never harass people who are not vegetarians, but do explain why I am.
    I’m mostly a vegetarian to protest Open Range corporate cattle ranchers who are ripping off the public of billions of $$$ annually in subsidies to run their private businesses on PUBLIC land, while always pushing to eradicate all of OUR wild horses and burros that are federally protected to roam these vast areas we live in in Open Range states (and no, we can’t leave them out there to breed unchecked, however, there are good management practices that the BLM will not use that would balance the situation), and also to protest the corporate commercial slaughter of animals which is corrupt and wrong for animals and people, and to protest factory farms for the same reasons. Just like we see many animal controls that have sociopaths working for them that literally hate animals and love to torture them before killing them, the same happens in commercial slaughter, and at factory farms.

    If more people purchased their beef, pork, eggs, poultry, etc from locals, or raised the animals themselves, we’d not only help our neighbors live their lives, but then some of us would probably not be vegetarians if we knew the animals were properly taken care of, and not abused before, they were slaughtered.

    • I have no issue with people choosing their right to eat what they want-My issue is that most people don’t know how they can hurt themselves long term and that it’s a poor diet during growth years and for older people.
      Your reason is a new one for me…I believe a diet should be decided for health purposes and not a ’cause’ but again, that’s your choice and coming from me really doesn’t say a whole heck of a lot with new health issues-mostly related to stress and low activity…soon to change…We eat very little red beef and frankly from what I am seeing at the grocery, most people aren’t eating it either…It’s a preference and I don’t want anyone stepping on my right or yours to chose what and how I eat…HSUS gets their plan implemented then there will be a serious consequence to health issues.

  2. This study is really alarming, but I don’t think vegetarianism itself can cause some serious health problems. One of my friends is a vegetarian and she has no problems, she is not even anemic. She eats a lot of vegetable and cheese, she drinks milk and I don’t think she’s doing a bad thing for her body. She never complaints about being weak or so. Studies like this are not objective, it really depends on the individuals.

    • Your friend is not vegan and yes there actually is a difference…A true vegan uses nothing animal…Considered an extreme diet and requires supplements…Basically your friend has only omitted red meat and pork and likely taken the healthier approach.

  3. Insanity is evidently at play there; hard to believe any thinking person considers that science, but then food choices can be very emotional. Here’s my blog piece on the study:
    http://blameitonlove.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/total-quackery-austrias-graz-university-study/

    • I would consider your post as ‘valid’ if there weren’t so many studies demonstrating that the diet is ‘off the wall’ and unhealthy. A vegan diet MUST be supported with supplements-many of which are made from animals…Sorry, you eat as you please but don’t shove that down my throat as a healthy diet or is a healthy diet for growing bones and tissue and a fact that it is harmful for older people..Short term for weight loss might be just fine but for the long term-NOT!!! A proven fact…

      • “A proven fact,” is it? LOL, you’re actually silly; your anti-vegan venom has got the best of you. Everything you stated is false. Anyone from conception to 95 or older can thrive as a vegan eating right. And supplements? Big deal, lots of meat eaters need more supplements than vegans do…the SAD (diet) really is sad. Vegans’ B12 supplement and perhaps a few others depending on how much we eat, are easily doable.
        You do know that factory farm animals’ diets are unnatural and routinely supplemented and that they’re also routinely given antibiotics to make them grow and because they live in diseased filth, don’t you? And that vitamin D is routinely added to cows’ milk?
        And if there are all these legitimate studies showing veganism as unhealthy, where are they? Where’s their funding from? Why was this bogus, weird, outrageously unscientific thing published with “no funding to report” and grabbed onto desperately by people like you as gospel truth, when it absolutely stinks of vagueness and illegitimacy, and worse? Again, LOL. But thanks for not censoring me anyways.
        Here are some posts also showing the truth:
        Vegan kids: http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/realveganchildren
        Donald Watson who thrived to 95 and the Vegan Society: http://www.vegansociety.com/society/history
        And if you call speaking freely and honestly “shoving things down your throat,” when you’re free to ignore, well, what do you call what you do?

      • Bet you thought your comment wasn’t going to be posted-As stated how you chose to eat is your business and when a doctor tells me that eating any form of meat will harm me or there is research that proves a varied diet of meat products, veggies and fruit is bad for my health, then I’ll pay attention to it…So far in all my years, I have yet to read eating eggs or meat will actually harm me has never happened…Too much of anything is harmful.
        Please don’t start that factory farm shit or I’ll have to start talking about the GMOs with you or is it that you can afford to consume everything -that’s EVERYTHING-organic and take all corn and corn products as well as soy and soy products from your diet…Furthermore, most vegans need a lot more supplements than B-12 and you know that as well…So let me repeat-How you eat is your choice and how I eat is mine. This blog is to provide information and nothing more…

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