To Eat Or Not To Eat That Is The Question
In this study researchers surveyed both current and former vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians about their eating patterns, food choice motivations, and the nature of their transition to reducing or eliminating animal products from their diets. The study finds that individuals who are currently vegetarian, vegan, or meat reducers were more likely to have moved into their eating habit gradually, to consider it part of their identity, and to belong to a vegetarian or vegan group. The study also finds that those who maintain a vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian diet for ethical reasons were more likely to consider their diet part of their identity.
“In this exploratory study, we compared current and former pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans on a number of variables including the motivations for their food choices. Participants were recruited via online message boards as well as through snowball sampling. Of the 247 participants, 196 were currently limiting animal products and 51 were former animal product limiters. Current limiters were more likely to have made a gradual rather than abrupt transition to animal product limitation and were more likely to have joined a vegetarian or vegan group than former limiters. Furthermore, current limiters indicated that their eating pattern was a part of their self identity. These findings shed light on the differences among current and former vegans and vegetarians and can inform individuals interested in promoting animal product limitation for health or ethical reasons.”