A Comparison of the Impact of Plant–Based and Meat–Based Diets On Overall General Well-Being
Abstract The intention of this project is to explore the correlation between dietary habits and reports of overall well-being. Specifically, this study will consider the impact of meat-eating versus non meat eating (vegetarian/vegan) diets. Dietary choices are also considered in comparison to general lifestyle choices. Questionnaires were distributed to students on the Boca Raton campus of Palm Beach State College. The results of this survey indicated that vegetarians believe that dietary choices have a greater impact on well-being than they actually do. In addition, the subjective well-being of vegetarians compared to that of meat eaters showed inconsistent results. This may be attributable to the fact that some vegetarians choose this lifestyle for ethical reasons such as guilt over the slaughter of animals, leading to an increased feeling of well-being. On the other hand, a higher percentage of vegetarians report regular marijuana use, which could lead to depression caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, because most participants in the study were meat eaters, fewer vegetarians were included in the sample. Further exploration with a larger sample base is needed to explain the inconsistent results.
Introduction “Food consumption is an everyday activity, one that is crucial for survival and sense of well-being. Many of our social engagements revolve around rituals associated with eating” (Marcus, 2008). What we consciously and unconsciously consume has a profound impact on our body chemistry and affects how we function in the world. The purpose of this project is to increase understanding about the impact of plant-based and meat-based diets on overall wellbeing. In addition, this report considers the role of secondary factors related to diet and their impact on overall well-being. The survey conducted as part of this project was designed to...