Are vegans judgmental?

My jaw generally tightens when I read headlines like that. Thing is, every vegan I’ve met has been more than kind, exceedingly flexible, and generally wonderful.

But… research says? Let’s take a peek:

A recent Gallup poll found that about 8% of Americans identified as either vegetarian (no meat) or vegan (no animal products including dairy, eggs, sometimes honey, and even avocados). Among people younger than age 50, that ratio jumps to 10%.

That’s interesting. I think that number could possibly be higher. Figuring from my own (non scientific) observations, it appears as if I’m running into way more plant based people than I did ten years ago. But I could be wrong.

The study, titled “A comparison of dietarian identity profiles between vegetarians and vegans,” surveyed 167 self-identified vegetarians and vegans.

Only 167? Seriously? That seems like a pretty small sample size. And they used “self identified” vegetarians and vegans? I see potential problems with this study. I mean really… I once spoke with a “vegan” who ate fish.

Vegans derived a greater sense of identity from their diet than vegetarians, felt more strongly aligned with other vegans, and both felt more judged by others for their dietary choices and had lower regard for omnivores than vegetarians did.

Uh… I thought the headline said vegans were the ones who were judgmental. Plus, “lower regard” doesn’t necessarily mean “judgmental,” either.

At least the study author has acknowledged some of the study’s limitations.

Daniel Rosenfeld, the study’s author, points out that it isn’t just limited in size, but also scope. His research looks at how important vegetarians and vegans believe diet is to their identities. It doesn’t investigate why or how that came to be.

Huh. How ’bout that? :/


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