• A Proposal for Evaluating the Impacts of a Vegetarian Diet

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    A 20 page proposal to evaluate the effects of a vegetarian diet on health and quality of life. A specific emphasis is placed on evaluating the effects of the vegetarian diet in terms of disease prevention. Provides a review of the literature and presents the hypothesis that vegetarians are likely to enjoy an improved quality of life, a lesser propensity for obesity and such diseases as cardiovascular disorders, osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Suggests experimental methodology for testing this hypothesis and supports the contention that this performance can be judged through a comparison of cholesterol levels, body mass index (BMI), and medical history in regard to diseases, and blood sugars of vegetarians verses non vegetarians. Bibliography lists 22 sources.

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    A proposal to evaluate the effects of a vegetarian diet on health and quality of life. A specific emphasis is placed on evaluating the effects of the  vegetarian diet in terms of disease prevention. Provides a review of the literature and presents the hypothesis that vegetarians are likely to enjoy an improved quality of life, a  lesser propensity for obesity and such diseases as cardiovascular disorders, osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Suggests experimental methodology for testing this hypothesis and supports the contention that this performance can  be judged through a comparison of cholesterol levels, body mass index (BMI), and medical history in regard to diseases, and blood sugars of vegetarians verses non vegetarians.  HYPOTHESIS AND BACKGROUND The relative benefits of the vegetarian  lifestyle constitute a highly controversial topic. On the one hand there are the vegetarians who contend that their lifestyle not only translates into a better quality of life but  also improved health and on the other their are those that contend that the vegetarian diet is potentially dangerous in terms of health and that any perceived quality of life  benefits are more related to ideology than scientifically demonstrable benefits derived from a vegetarian diet. The intention of this paper is to present a proposal for research which will  definitively prove or disprove these perceived benefits. The hypothesis that: a vegetarian diet  translates into improved quality of life, a lesser propensity for obesity and such diseases as cardiovascular disorders, osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes 

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