The effect of lifestyle food on chronic diseases: a comparison between vegetarians and non-vegetarians in Jordan

Glob J Health Sci. 2012 Nov 4;5(1):65-9. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v5n1p65.


Foods do certainly play an important role in human health. This cross sectional study investigated the effect of lifestyle food on chronic diseases. In specific, it compared these diseases between vegetarians and non- vegetarians in Jordan in 2012. Questionnaires were distributed and the responses of 97 vegetarians and 97 non-vegetarians were analyzed. Chi-square and Wilcoxon signed ranks tests showed statistically significant differences between the two groups. In particular, chronic diseases including Diabetes, Hypertension, and Obesity were more prevalence among non-vegetarians compared to vegetarian respondents.

MeSH terms

  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Diet / adverse effects
  • Diet, Vegetarian / statistics & numerical data*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Jordan / epidemiology
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires