For Immediate Release:
21 January 2016

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

Sydney – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has written to the mayor of Dubbo – one of New South Wales’ fattest towns – recommending a plant-based diet as an emergency measure to tackle residents’ obesity problem. According to a Roy Morgan Research study, over 70 per cent of people living in Dubbo are overweight or obese. The group’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit accompanied the letter with tips to make the transition. PETA’s point? That a meat- and dairy-based diet causes a host of life-threatening ailments, including obesity.

“No one enjoys being fat, and going vegan would help residents get a handle on their weight problem in the most delicious ways imaginable,” says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “And with the recent classification by the World Health Organisation of processed meats as carcinogenic, there’s no better time to go vegan and save the lives of hundreds of animals every year while protecting your own health.”

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 – overweight teens who are fed a diet of burgers, chicken nuggets and other foods 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.

PETA’s letter is available upon request.

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