What Brad Pitt, Bob Dylan, Pamela Anderson, Martina Navratilova, David Duchovny and Brigitte Bardot have in common? All vegetarian. With the exception of India, it is estimated that about 1% of the world's population resides meat, poultry and fish, and about 0.1% of vegans, avoiding all animal products. Still, these numbers translate into about 60 million people worldwide, except in India.
The large 2008 study vegetarians [Vegetarianism in America, published by Vegetarian Times] shows that 3.2 percent of US adults (7.3 million people) follow a vegetarian-based diet. About 0.5 percent (1,000,000) of them vegans, who do not consume no animal products. In addition, 10 percent of US adults (22.8 million people) say they follow a semi-vegetarian diet, which includes the occasional consumption of fish.
This study showed that non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, a "definitely interested" in following a vegetarian diet in the future. This shows that many people believe that a vegetarian diet is a healthy diet.
study collected data Vegetarian age, gender and other demographic factors exploration of
– 57.1 per cent followed a vegetarian diet more than 10 years; 18 percent, 5 to 10 years; 10.8 per cent for 2-5 years, 14.1 percent less than two years.
– 42.0 per cent of 18 and 34 years; 40.7 percent of 35-54; and 17.4 per cent older than 55
– 59 percent female and 41 percent male.
The vegetarian 2008 study also showed that 53 percent of vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental factors brought about 47 percent, 39 percent cited "natural approaches to wellness," 54 percent cited animal wellbeing; 25 percent of food safety problems cited by 31 percent cited losing weight and keeping 24 percent of body weight.
Western Europe vegetarians varies between 2% and 4% of the population, according to a 2006 Mintel survey (Mintel.com), the United Kingdom than the exception. The United Kingdom has shown that the highest per capita vegetarians in Western Europe 6% of the population. A large number of vegetarians in the UK accounted for mad cow disease to some extent related to the health scare.
The number varies by 0.3 %% and 1.9% of the population, according to Mintel between vegetarians in Eastern Europe, which is a much lower percentage than in Western European countries. As a percentage change of 0.2% and 4% vegetarian population in the rest of the world, the data is not complete, and it is estimated, with the exception of India and Israel.
Israel, 8.5% of the world & # 39; s second largest percentage of vegetarians, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health, which is equivalent to 595 000 people are remarkable for such a small country. India holds more vegetarians than the rest of the world combined. According to a 2006 survey, the Hindu newspaper found that 40 percent of the population, or 399 million people, a vegetarian.
It is estimated that today more than 400 million Indian vegetarian, mainly driven by class and religious concerns, the Brahmin class expected to not eat meat, vegetarian refers to the Hindu religion and Jainism consuming.
The offensive Jainism does not believe in other life forms. More than 7 million members, they prohibit the consumption of any meat, eggs or honey; root vegetables (which may be detrimental to soil-dwelling insects harvested); and fruit or vegetables that have been on the ground, and the fact that more than three days (including pickles and preserves). Water should be boiled before drinking, and all liquids must be strained before consumption, usually held a cloth over his mouth.
There are different types of vegetarians, depending on dietary restrictions. For example, some vegetarians exclude all cooked food, others may exclude milk or eggs, and so on.
It is interesting to note that when vegetarians than non-vegetarians same demographic (the same socio-economic and cultural background), research shows that vegetarians are less healthy. In fact, peer-reviewed studies show that vegetarians higher incidence of cancer, dementia, obesity, heart disease, stroke, eating disorders, infertility and other disorders.