Être végétarien: mauvais pour la santé?

https://www.contrepoints.org/2021/11/20/161599-etre-vegetarien-mauvais-pour-la-sante

By Pierre Gosselin.

It's no secret that most vegetarians are often radical environmentalists and particularly hysterical climate alarmists . It is possible that the University of Graz in Austria discovered a reason for this: their unhealthy diet.

A new study from the University of Graz concludes that vegetarians are sick more often and have a lower quality of life than people who eat meat. According to the German press release, vegetarians are "more often prone to cancer and heart problems" . The article also states that they are more often suffering from psychological disorders. As a result, the report writes, they represent a greater burden on the social security system.

According to the press release , the scientists studied data from the Austrian Health Interview Survey (AT-HIS), which is also part of one of the most important and recognized surveys in the EU (European Health Interview Survey).

The scientists used a panel of a total of 1320 people divided into 4 groups of 330 people each. All groups were comparable in terms of sex, age and socioeconomic status. This study also took into account smoking as well as physical activity. BMI (Body Mass Index) was also average (22.9 - 24.9) for all four groups. The only really different thing among these was the diet.

The four groups were:

vegetarians

meat eaters with lots of fruits and vegetables

eating very little meat

eating a lot of meat

more than three quarters of the participants were women (76.4%)

VEGETARIANS MORE VICTIMS OF CHRONIC DISEASES

The press release says the findings contradict common stereotypes that meatless diets are healthier. Vegetarians have twice as many allergies as the high-meat group (30.6% vs. 16.7%) and they have a 166% higher cancer risk rate (4.8% vs. 1, 8%). Additionally, scientists found that vegans had a 150% higher risk rate for heart disease (1.5% vs. 0.6%). In total, they studied almost 18 different chronic diseases. Compared to meat eaters, vegetarians were more affected for 14 of them (78%) including asthma, diabetes, migraines and osteoporosis.

Graz University of Medicine confirms findings made by Hildesheim University: Psychological disorders are more common in vegetarians, says the press release.

AT THE ROOTS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION?

In this analysis, the University of Graz notes that vegetarians were twice as prone to anxiety and depression as heavy meat eaters (9.4% vs. 4.5%). This result was confirmed by the University of Hildesheim, which noted that vegetarians suffered more significantly from depression, anxiety, psychosomatic ailments and eating disorders. Scientists in Graz also reveal that vegetarians get sick more often and go to the doctor more often.

Meat eaters also appear to have a “much better quality of life across all categories” as the study demonstrates. The four categories studied were: physical and psychological health, social relationships and environmental quality of life.

A SCIENCE THAT DOUBTS

Once again, this is not the first study to recently contradict the idea that vegetarians live healthier lives. The world's largest nutrition study (EPIC) indicates, on the contrary, that they tend to die younger.

Recently, experts have shown that the supposed health benefits of a vegetarian diet are more myth and legend. For example, according to Professor Ulrich Voderholzer, Director and Chief Physician of Schön Klinik Roseneck and expert in eating disorders, the promises made by vegetarian associations “are not scientifically proven. "

The press release from the University of Graz states: “This is more of an ideological message suggesting false promises. " Before adding: " Regarding the prevention of cancer thanks to fruits and vegetables, Prof. Rudolf Kaaks of the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ said: “There is no relationship; 0.0% ”. "

Green people are not only gullible when it comes to climate science , but there are many who are also gullible when it comes to nutritional science. Cereal bar eaters and caress tree huggers therefore seem to be the most misinformed on the planet.

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