Vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters, a controversial study has concluded, despite drinking less, smoking less and being more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts. As expected, people are in an uproar about the results.
The study, conducted at Medical University of Graz in Austria found that the vegetarian diet carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Based on comprehensive data from the Austrian Health Survey, researchers examined the dietary habits and lifestyle differences between meat-eaters and vegetarians.
The more than 1300 subjects were cross-referenced according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status to minimize external variables.
Overall, the comprehensive study found that while vegetarians drank less alcohol, ate fewer calories, and had lower body mass indexes they were still suffered from poorer overall physical and mental health across all ages.
Vegetarians were also found to have poorer overall health practices, such as missing more doctors appointments, skipping preventative check-ups, and avoiding recommended vaccines for themselves and their children, according to the study.
It concluded: “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.”
Epidemiologist and study coordinator Nathalie Burkert said: “We did find that vegetarians suffer more from certain conditions like asthma, cancer and mental illnesses than people that eat meat as well, but we cannot say what is the cause and what is the effect.
“There needs to be further study done before this question can be answered.”
Sounds like the answer is simple… BACON!