Beliefs and attitudes toward vegetarian lifestyle across generations

Nutrients. 2010 May;2(5):523-31. doi: 10.3390/nu2050523. Epub 2010 May 17.


The objective of the study was to examine whether reasons to adopt vegetarian lifestyle differ significantly among generations. Using a Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), we identified that 4% of the participants were vegans, 25% lacto-ovo-vegetarians, 4% pesco-vegetarians and 67% non-vegetarian. Younger people significantly agreed more with the moral reason and with the environmental reason. People ages 41-60 significantly agreed more with the health reason. There are significant differences across generations as to why people choose to live a vegetarian lifestyle.

Keywords: Adventists; attitude; beliefs; dietary patterns; vegetarian diets; vegetarians.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet, Vegetarian / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Intergenerational Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Protestantism / psychology
  • Young Adult