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Motivations for choosing a vegetarian diet.



Some have suggested that there is a sub-group of vegetarians (mostly women) who choose a vegetarian diet mainly to lose weight. In a few cases, vegetarian diets have been associated with eating disorders eating disorders, in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity.  like anorexia nervosa anorexia nervosa: see eating disorders.
anorexia nervosa

Eating disorder, mostly in young women, characterized by a failure to maintain body weight at a normal level because of an intense desire to be thin, a fear of gaining weight, or a disturbance
. One problem is that a number of studies examining eating behavior have combined so-called 'semi-vegetarians' (eating chicken and/or fish) and vegetarians (not eating any meat, chicken, or fish) into one group identified as 'vegetarian.' Researchers from the University of Colorado University of Colorado may refer to:
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (flagship campus)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
  • University of Colorado system
 hypothesized that 'semi-vegetarians' and true vegetarians might have different motivations and eating behaviors. They studied 90 young women, of whom 54 were non-vegetarian, 16 ate chicken and/or fish (identified as 'semi-vegetarian'), and 20 consistently followed a vegetarian diet. They examined the women's motivation for food choice and their dietary restraint (whether they consciously monitored what they ate for weight control purposes).

Vegetarians were more likely than 'semi-vegetarians' to say that ethical and/or political reasons were a primary motivation for their food choices. 'Semi-vegetarians' were more likely to be motivated by weight concerns. Both 'semi-vegetarians' and non-vegetarians had higher levels of dietary restraint than did vegetarians. The researchers conclude that the higher levels of dietary restraint seen in 'semi-vegetarians' suggest that they are at higher risk for harmful eating disorders than the vegetarian women. This study illustrates the importance of differentiating between true vegetarians and 'semi-vegetarians' when examining eating behaviors.

Curtis MJ, Comer LK. 2006. Vegetarianism vegetarianism, theory and practice of eating only fruits and vegetables, thus excluding animal flesh, fish, or fowl and often butter, eggs, and milk. In a strict vegetarian, or vegan, diet (i.e. , dietary restraint and feminist identity. Eating Behav 7:91-104.

By Reed Mangels mangels

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, PhD, RD, FADA FADA FederaciĆ³n Argentina de Ajedrez
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Publication:Vegetarian Journal
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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