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

For Immediate Release:
19 June 2013

Ararat – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sent a letter to the principals of secondary schools in Ararat – which is known as the town with the highest obesity rates in Victoria – offering to send a free copy of the group’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit to every student at the schools. 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 more than 50 per cent of Ararat’s residents are obese.

“Going vegan would mean that the students of Ararat 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 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 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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