Vegetarianism drives you nuts

Vegetarians are more likely to be depressed than meat eaters, a new study has suggested.

OK, fair enough, the contemplation of a life without bacon would indeed depress.

The study itself tries to defend against this idea:

Those with mental health conditions may adopt a plant-based diet due to the perception that it is healthier

That is, the defence against the idea that veggie-dom makes you nuts is that those going nuts embrace veggie-dom.

Sure, causality matters but it’s still, whichever way, a useful social marker for the rest of us, isn’t it?

16 thoughts on “Vegetarianism drives you nuts”

  1. Clovis Sangrail

    Steady on Tim, some of my best friends are nearly vegetarian.
    Now, vegans…there’s real pathology for you.

  2. More importantly, vegetarians are more likely to be the cause of depression than meat eaters. There are few things more tedious than dining with a vegetarian.

  3. And talking of tedium, is there any reason why “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” stubbornly refuses to function in Firefox?

  4. Clovis – “nearly”? What, like one rasher instead of two? Or like a trainee I had who was vegetarian Tuesdays and Thursdays only (I kid you not)!

  5. @bis: I use Firefox and it works for me. Are you refusing cookies for this site?

  6. @Mr Cat
    Nothing’s been changed at my end since Tim’s webmonkey revamped the site. And it worked before.

  7. If it wasn’t for bacon, steak, chicken, tuna, cheese and more cheese, cod, lamb, black pudding, jabugo ham, hake, clams, kid (of the goat kind), etc, etc, I would be a vegan….

    And I eat a ***k of a lot of veggies.

    I also have a remarkably sunny disposition…

    And eggs, fried, in ommlette, scrambled, hard-boiled (but definitely NOT raw)…

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    Before our son and fiance moved in when they returned from their travels we had a rough daily rotation of meat, fish, veggie, as much to ensure we varied our diet as anything else.

    They’re piscatraian so we now eat more fish (no bad thing at the moment if its oily and you think there’s something in the Vit D hypothesis) but still get our meat. I have to say they cook some wonderful veggie dishes, but it still wouldn’t tempt me to go full veggie.

  9. In India, vegetarians make up some 20% of the population. Vegetarian households are more affluent than meat-eating households. The divide seems to be largely along caste lines.

    If we assume that affluent Indians aren’t depressed, then it suggests depression causes vegetarianism rather than the converse.

  10. Clovis Sangrail

    “Nearly” in exactly the sense you mention.
    I am constantly amazed by people who claim to be vegetarian “sometimes”.

  11. Meat protein contains all amino-acids required by Humans. It is known these amino-acids are particularly important to build/repair nervous tissue to ensure good brain function. The brain’s activity effects mental function and vitality.

    In order to get the same amino-acids from plants requires a wide range and/or quantity which most vegans do not consume. Herbivores spend around 18 hours a day eating for this reason, and the rest of the day manuring the environment.

    Inclusion of meat in his diet (yes, yes, her’s too) explains why Man’s brain developed to a much greater extent than other Primates.

  12. I am a teacher, and one of the popular questions I am asked is what is your favourite animal? I always answer the Pig. The students usually can’t understand why someone has a pig as their favourite animal. I then say Sausage, bacon, pork and ham. When they complain I suggest can “a rabbit? horse?”

    If they talk about vegetarian food, I always say I love vegetarian food… Then I tell them that the rabbit, horse, lamb, calf etc. were all vegetarians!

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