Vegetarians are slimmer than meat-eaters
A new study from Loma Linda University shows that there is an association between diet type and weight, with vegetarians having a lower body mass index than non-vegetarians. This study has shown that vegetarians may not only be more likely to outlive their meat-eating counterparts, but they could also have a leg up in the weight department, too.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that despite both groups in the study had similar caloric intakes, it was very clear that the vegetarians had a lower BMI than the non-vegetarians.
The study looked at five groups: meat-eaters, semi-vegetarians (occasional meat-eaters), pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who eat fish), lacto-ovo vegetarians (vegetarians who consume dairy and eggs) and vegans (who don’t consume any animal products). The researchers found that the average BMI was lowest among vegans, and highest by a large margin, among meat-eaters. When looking specifically at obesity, researchers found that vegans had the lowest percentage of people who were obese (only about 9,4%), while meat-eaters had the highest percentage of people who were obese (nearly 33,3%).