For Immediate Release:
29 November 2016

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

Pinjarra, WA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has dispatched help to Pinjarra, Western Australia, after the town was revealed to have the highest obesity rate in the nation. The group sent a letter to the Shire of Murray council along with a box of vegan starter kits to be distributed among residents, 76 per cent of whom are overweight or obese. PETA’s point? Eating meat and dairy foods is linked to a host of life-threatening ailments, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and strokes.

“By going vegan, the people of Pinjarra would lead healthier, happier lives and also help prevent the slaughter of a huge number of animals every year”, says Ashley Fruno, PETA Australia’s associate director of campaigns. “No one enjoys being obese, and following a plant-based lifestyle would help residents lose weight in the most delicious way possible.”

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 production’s devastating effects on animals and the environment. Research shows that vegans are a whopping nine times less likely to be obese than meat-eaters are, and a recent study in Australia found that the number of people who are overweight or obese is 15 per cent lower among vegetarians than the general population.

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