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By Donna Maurer

"Vegetarianism" appears to be like expanding in acceptance and attractiveness within the usa and Canada, but, rather unusually, the proportion of the inhabitants working towards vegetarian diets has no longer replaced dramatically during the last 30 years. humans regularly view vegetarianism as a private behavior or meals selection, although organisations in North the USA were selling vegetarianism as a flow because the 1850s. This e-book examines the organizational features of vegetarianism and attempts to provide an explanation for why the important stream concepts haven't effectively attracted extra humans to undertake a vegetarian id. "Vegetarianism: move or second" is the 1st booklet to think about the circulation on a huge scale from a social technology point of view. whereas this publication takes into consideration the original background of North American vegetarianism and a few of the the explanation why humans undertake vegetarian diets, it specializes in how flow leaders' ideals in regards to the dynamics of social swap contributes to the choice of specific options for attracting humans to vegetarianism. within the context of this concentration, this publication highlights a number of controversies approximately vegetarianism that experience emerged in meals and renowned media during the last 30 years. writer be aware: Donna Maurer is a long-time vegetarian and freelance educational editor who additionally teaches on-line for the college of Maryland collage university, the place she is adjunct affiliate Professor of Sociology. She has co-edited 3 books on nutrition and bodyweight concerns (with Jeffery Sobal), together with "Eating Agendas: nutrition and nutrients as Social Problems". She additionally serves at the Board of administrators of the organization for the research of nutrition and Society.

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29 In the 1970s, many nutritionists characterized vegetarian diets as medically unsound. ” The opening paragraph reads as follows: “Recently an infant was admitted to the San Francisco General Hospital representing all the problems one faces in dealing with the children of the new vegetarians. There was the deplorable condition of the child itself, the difficulty of convincing a reluctant mother of the staff’s benevolent intentions and the downright opposition of an elusive father. ”33 Although the author concedes that vegetarian diets and food “cults .

63 The motivation behind their vegetarianism may be the key to whether the teenage vegetarians of today become the adult vegetarians of tomorrow. Why Don’t More People Become Vegetarians? Many people regard a low-fat, high-fiber semivegetarian diet as optimal,64 but only a small percentage of the population follows a diet that includes no meat or seafood and far fewer consume no animal products at all. With vegetarian diets increasingly being viewed as healthful and desirable, then, why do relatively few people identify as vegetarians and even fewer actually follow a vegetarian diet?

One point of interest is the work of physician Dean Ornish, director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute at the University of California at San Francisco since 1970. 46 The program includes a near-vegan diet, which nets a daily fat intake of less than 10 percent, as well as a daily exercise and relaxation regimen. 48 Ornish, who served as a nutritional advisor to the Clinton White House, offers a week-long residential program four times a year at a retreat center in California. Other such programs, modeled on Ornish’s, have been offered at large hospitals such as the Beth Israel Hospitals in New York and Boston and Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

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