Veggies weigh less

| Post published on June 2, 2005
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It’s official – Veggies and vegans weigh less than meat-eaters. Two new studies confirm that a plant-based diet is the healthiest option for weight loss or to maintain a healthy weight. A new study shows that vegetarian and vegan women have a lower risk of overweight and obesity than women who eat meat. Results of a study on 55,459 women revealed that 40 per cent of meat-eaters were overweight or obese compared to just 29 per cent of vegans, and 25 per cent of vegetarians. In a second study, clinical researcher and author Dr Neal Barnard investigated the effect of a low-fat, plant-based diet on body weight in 64 overweight postmenopausal women. Results showed that a low-fat, vegan diet was associated with significant weight loss in these women. Taken together these results confirm that vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk of overweight and obesity and suggest that replacing some meat with a plant-based alternative may help some people control their weight.

Newby PK, Tucker KL, Wolk A. 2005. Risk of overweight and obesity among semivegetarian, lactovegetarian, and vegan women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 81 (6) 1267-1274.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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