When I looked at the statistics related to people going vegan, three key statistics immediately jumped off the page. In this article, we’ll take a look at those statistics and analyze who is going vegan and why they’ve decided to change their diet and lifestyle.
Why Do People Go Vegan?
First, the overwhelming majority of people who go vegan are female. Most studies and projections have concluded that over 75% of vegans are female. This is often attributed to (spoiler alert) women being more in-touch with their compassion compared to men. But, more on this in a bit.
Second, statistics show that 80% of vegans are under the age of 40. Breaking that down a bit further, statistics reveal that people who go vegan typically do so between the ages of 21 and 29 (with the are range between 30-39 coming in second). Only a small percentage of people under the age of 18 identify as vegan. Meaning that, perhaps, children are not being raised as vegan.
Third, most people who go vegan are heavily influenced by family or friends. It’s safe to say that the majority of these people likely wouldn’t have made the leap to veganism without the influence and/or support of people who already made the leap.
With those three key stats in mind – there is one predominate reason why people suddenly go from meat eater or vegetarian to vegan. That one reason is their concern for animals. It’s no secret that animals are raised specifically to be slaughtered for human consumption. However, consumers often times are oblivious (intentionally or not) to the amount of suffering animals raised for food go through during their short lives.
However, it’s safe to say that veganism is one of the longest running, sustainable diets mainly because of people’s strong beliefs when it comes to raising and slaughtering animals for human food consumption. Veganism isn’t just another flavor of the week diet – it has become a way of life for over an estimated 1.75 million people in America.
Now, I’m going to go a bit off script here, but it’s also said that each vegan saves over 100 animals each year. And according to my calculations, that 17.5 million animals that are spared each year due to the conscious decision of people to go vegan.
Now that we’ve identified the predominant reason that people go vegan, let’s take a look at the six other top reasons people decide to live vegan.
1. Vegans Make the World a Better Place
Seriously, I’m not just saying that! Raising animals for human consumption is a huge drain on resources throughout the world. Studies have estimated that animal farmers waste up to 13 pounds of grain for every 1 pound of consumable animal meat that they produce. The food used to raise animals could be spent to counter the enormous global issue related to hunger and malnutrition. Consider this: there are an estimate 795 million people throughout the world (including an estimated 40 million in the U.S.) who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Would more people choose to go vegan if the resources we used to raise animals for human consumption were used to reduce – or perhaps eliminate – hunger throughout the world?
2. Meat Just Isn’t Very Appealing
Years ago, I saw a documentary on how hotdogs were made and if I weren’t vegan then… I would have become one. The process of creating and delivering edible meats for consumers, is full of possible contamination of feces, blood and other fluids which can lead to food poisoning or products that simply aren’t good for you.
3. Vegan Diets are Great for Your Overall Health
Studies have shown that vegans are less likely than meat-eaters to develop dangerous, life threatening diseases. Some of the diseases that have been identified are heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. In addition, people who go vegan are able to avoid consuming foods that are high in cholesterol and saturated fats.
4. The Vegan Diet is Sustainable
When people look to achieve a health goal through dieting, they often land on a crash or fad diet that simply isn’t sustainable. Sure, some fad diets may help you lose weight in the short term. But in the long run, these diets are detrimental to your overall health. Crash dieting is an endless cycle of putting weight on, starving your body, then putting the weight back on. Whereas, vegans are able to consume a healthy diet with whole foods that fuel their bodies to achieve the results they want.
5. … And So Are the Results!
Going vegan and consuming a plant-based diet has been linked to a wide variety of direct results. Everything from clearer skin, to better digestion, to increased energy, to sustainable weight loss, to improved overall fitness has been linked to plant-based dieting. If you have a health or fitness goal, such as weight loss, then going vegan might just help you achieve the results your seeking.
6. Existing Medical Conditions May Require a Lifestyle Change
As we mentioned, vegan diets are great for your health. But, when people find themselves in poor health, physicians may prescribe a change to a plant-based diet. Studies have found that plant-based diets can be more effective than medications to treat certain illnesses and improve one’s health.
Currently, only about .5% of the population is vegan. However, going vegan is becoming increasingly popular and I’d expect to see the number of vegans continue to rise – not just in the U.S., but throughout the world. As people becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of eating plant-based foods and the negative effects of farming and consuming meats, I believe people will realize that plant-based diets lead to not only a better life but also a better world.
If you’ve gone vegan, or are considering going vegan, we’d love to hear from you. Shoot us a message via the contact form on this site and let us know what your reasons are for making the change to a vegan lifestyle.