Think About the Kids: Switching to a Healthy and Humane Plant-Based Diet Can Reverse Limestone Coast Towns’ Obesity Woes, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
29 August 2013

Adelaide – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sent letters to the mayors of the state’s fattest towns – all based in South Australia’s Limestone Coast – suggesting that they recommend a plant-based diet as an emergency measure to tackle their obesity problems. According to a recent study, 80 per cent of people living in Mount Gambier, Bordertown and Naracoorte are overweight or obese. The group’s 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.

“Urgent and immediate action needs to be taken”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Going vegan would mean that the people living in the region would lead healthier, happier lives and also save the lives of a huge number of animals every year. No one enjoys being fat, and going vegan would help residents get a handle on their weight problem in the most delicious ways imaginable. It’s time to show leadership and get our kids off their addiction to animal products”.

PETA’s 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 that are laden with saturated animal 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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