Thursday, April 2, 2009

"The Dark Side of Vegetarianism" via Yahoo

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"scary" by nalilo

I came across this article yesterday about new research showing that a vegetarian diet could be masking an underlying eating disorder for some people. The article further stated:
The study, in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that twice as many teens and nearly double the number of young adults who had been vegetarians reported having used unhealthy means to control their weight, compared with those who had never been vegetarians. Those means included using diet pills, laxatives and diuretics and inducing vomiting to control weight.
The research did not conclude that a vegetarian diet caused any eating disorder; rather, it showed that a vegetarian diet tended to attract certain individuals, including adolescents, who were struggling to control their weight. These individuals were also more likely to turn to diet pills, laxatives, etc., to control their weight.

Despite its sensationalistic and somewhat misleading title, the article generally touted the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

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