Why do vegans willingly put themselves through a medically unhealthy diet?

Friday,May 31, 2013 @ 05:31

Question by UCF Knights: Why do vegans willingly put themselves through a medically unhealthy diet?
While I completely and wholeheartedly agree with people who practice vegetarian lifestyles, being vegan is in my opinion potentially dangerous and is just putting self imposed restrictions based on cultural vanity.
While I may get a lot of flak for these statements, I’d like to see you try and prove that being vegan is a more healthy lifestyle than those who practice Vegetarianism, or those who practice a hybrid allowing healthier (low saturated fats) “white” meats and fish products (packed full of essential fatty acids and protein).

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Answer by friendofchip
DO they? Why, what do they do- eat bad food, or white bread only, or eat salad and nothing else?
Gosh, I agree, that’s pretty awful, they must really suffer.

I don’t know anyone that does that, all the people I know eat tons of food, fatty, filling, heavy hearty stuff, and oh my, the rice an’ peas! IT’s the omega oils of whatev, in their food- it’s all over the place, instead of the usual one place that meat eaters bore with. Still, you must know some pallid people. Sorry for that, you should get out more.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 13, 2007

Tostan, an organization that is empowering communities throughout Africa to transform their lives through an innovative non-formal educational program, teaching in local languages and with African oral traditions, has been selected to receive the 2007 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $ 1.5 million. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the annual award, the worlds largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that significantly alleviates human suffering.

Tostan means breakthrough in the Senegalese Wolof language and our distinguished independent prize jury found that the organization has indeed achieved major breakthroughs, empowering women and improving the lives of millions of people in nine African countries, said Steven M. Hilton, President and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. Through Tostans Community Empowerment Program, villages have reduced infant and maternal mortality, ended domestic violence, improved community health services and nutrition, and provided education for their children. Micro-credit, environmental and income generating projects have mobilized communities to work together to improve their lives.

Hilton noted that the jury was told by one Tostan participant from The Gambia: With this program, people will make change from within for themselves without anyone elses help. Hilton added, This is important because we in the philanthropic field recognize that change from the bottom up is the best way to assure sustainability.

To be selected for the prestigious Hilton Prize is an incredible honor, said Molly Melching, founder and Executive Director of Tostan. This recognition really belongs to the thousands of women, men and youth whose respect for human rights has led to improved health, education and economic security for their people. In what we call organized social diffusion, the more than 160,000 who have taken Tostans classes have multiplied the impact of their education tenfold by sharing what they have learned with all the neighboring villages within their own ethnic groups.

Tostan, formally established by Melching in 1991, first focused primarily on women, but later added men and adolescents. The introduction of human rights and democracy teaching modules in 1996 created unexpected and unprecedented results: eliminating discrimination against women and children and motivating more than 2,600 villages, with more than two million people, to voluntarily and publicly abandon harmful traditions such as female genital cutting (FGC) and child and forced marriage. Further, Tostan is the catalyst behind an historic grassroots initiative announced this week by Senegalese women to be the first African country to end FGC within the next five years.

Dr. Gerry Mackie of the University of California at San Diego, a recognized expert on the tradition of female genital cutting, believes Tostans work can result in the ending of FGC completely within a generation. He notes that collective action and public declarations are key; the first village to publicly declare abandonment of FGC took place in a Tostan village ten years ago. Currently about two million girls are subjected to FGC each year, primarily in Africa.

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