"A considerable body of scientific data suggests positive relationships between vegetarian life-styles and risk reduction for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, such as obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, and others. The high incidence of such diseases in industrialized nations, as compared with other cultures, warrants special attention to diet and other factors in life-styles that may vary between vegetarians and nonvegetarians."

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets - technical support paper", Suzanne Havala, R.D. and Johanna Dwyer, D.SC., R.D. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, March, 1988, Volume 88, Number 3, pp. 352-355.

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