British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood declares herself living proof that a vegetarian diet can help to cure rheumatism.
Speaking at the launch of a new campaign for the American animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the seventy-two year old Westwood said “I used to have rheumatism – and I have a crocked finger. But now I don’t have any rheumatic pain anymore,” she added.
Vegetarian diets are often associated with health advantages including lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels and lower risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes,” says a report by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). “Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates,” according to ADA’s position.
“Vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes – lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure,” claims the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its dietary guidelines that highlight the benefits of a plant-based diet.
“It does cure all kinds of things if you have a vegetarian diet,” said Westwood. “I believe that we are an endangered species and we need to think about what we are doing. We’re probably killing ourselves through eating meat,” the fashion designer added.
Westwood says that a vegetarian diet not only benefits humans, but the animals and planet as well. “I’m a person who’s got enough money to make choices and this is my choice. We don’t need to eat animals, there’s too many of us anyway and eating animals is destroying the world,” she said.
Westwood has been working with PETA on their new campaign, in order to raise awareness of how the meat industry is poisoning the world’s water supply.
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