Essay on Why Samford Students Should Be on a Vegetarian Diet

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Persuasive Essay A vegetarian diet is one of the most common diets in America. The diet specifically focuses on eating only plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, dried beans, peas, grains, seeds, and nuts. Therefore, animal derived foods like meat, dairy, and eggs are excluded from this particular diet.
The magazine Vegetarian Times by Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. found that 7.3 million people follow a vegetarian diet in America. Fifty-nine percent of vegetarians are females, forty-one percent are males, and ages thirty to fifty-four have the highest overall percentage of individuals on the diet. Most college students (18-25 years of age) are not educated on the beneficial factors of being a vegetarian, so they are less likely
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Three examples of diseases a vegetarian diet helps prevent are diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Diabetes is the most common result of obesity and one study showed that 68.1% of males and 58.5% of females between the ages of 18 and 25 were overweight. The Center for Diabetes Control and Prevention estimated that roughly 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, 18.8 million people are diagnosed and 7 million people are not. Researchers have found that 3 out of every 10 university students are considered overweight or obese and are at a higher risk for diabetes.
From the article “Vegetarian and Vegan Diets in Type 2 Diabetes Management,” Neal Barnard, clinical researcher, author, and one of America’s leading advocates for health and nutrition, found that vegetarian and vegan diets offer significant benefits for diabetes management. In observational studies, individuals following vegetarian diets are about half as likely to develop diabetes, compared with non-vegetarians. Dietary factors and obesity play major roles in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and nutritional changes are a key aspect of disease management. In relation to other health complications among college students, evidence showed that one in every thirteen students will

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