Healthshaming in the vegan movement, part #5842… 😔
1) First of all, veganism is not a diet, but a lifestyle with respect for animal rights.
2) Next to diet, other factors also play a role for health: lifestyle, genetic predisposition, environmental factors, access to health care (and think of how socio-economic factors intersect here).
Yes, a plantbased diet, and certainly a WFPB diet can reduce the risk for certain conditions, like hypertension, diabetes type 2 and certain cancers, but a plantbased diet is no guarantee or a magical bullet for good health.
Saying that ‘most people who are unhealthy or overweight are misinformed or uneducated’ is out of line and unfounded.
3) Good or bad health does not automatically translate into physical appearance. There are many ‘invisible illnesses’.
4) Being a good advocate for other animals doesn’t and shouldn’t depend on one’s health status or ‘looking’ healthy or not.
This marginalises chronically ill vegans or vegans whose health is otherwise compromised and also fails to appreciate their activism efforts.
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