Switching to a Healthy and Humane Plant-Based Diet Can Reverse Bundaberg’s Obesity Woes, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
31 May 2013

Bundaberg- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sent a letter to the head of secondary education in Bundaberg – which is known as the city with the highest obesity rates in Australia – offering to send a free copy of the group’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit to every student in the city. PETA’s point? That a meat- and dairy-based diet is linked to a host of life-threatening ailments, including obesity. A survey has found that one in four Bundaberg residents is seriously overweight.

“Going vegan would mean that the students of Bundaberg would lead healthier, happier lives and also save the lives of a huge number of animals every year”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “No one enjoys being fat, and going vegan would help city residents get a handle on their weight problem in the most delicious ways imaginable.”

PETA’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit – which can be ordered for free here – includes easy-to-follow recipes, tips for making the transition and information about meat’s devastating effects on animals and the environment. In addition to facing the social challenges caused by childhood obesity – which can lead to lifelong psychological trauma – overweightteens who are fed a diet of burgers, chicken nuggets and other foods that are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol have their health put at risk. According to the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children and adults who go vegan reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and obesity.

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