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The healthy vs. ethical vegans are at it again. I love the animals but I'm not going to be convinced that being overweight is healthy. http://bit.ly/zVOnZU

I'm not a fan of these ads because I think being mean doesn't get the vegan movement anywhere... but I agree that most heavy vegans are usually eating processed foods, especially oils (olive oil and chocolate are not health foods). Yes, many vegans originally decided to change their lifestyle for the animals but what about what they are doing to their own bodies? It's like they are saying, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, slow down. I said I'd help the animals but I didn't include my own person in that promise." Perhaps some have medical conditions, sure, but let's keep it real here, most aren't sticking to Forks Over Knives-type food choices. I think it all comes down to the "ethical" vegans vs. the "healthy" vegans debate... can't we all just get along? The healthy vegans are bringing veganism to places it wasn't being heard before and for that I am grateful. Some folks aren't ready to eschew their leather boots yet, and I think getting people excited about veganism from a losing weight/health perspective isn't necessarily a bad thing. Heck, it's how I got my father-in-law off his diabetes meds and my mom to no longer need her blood pressure pills (and, oh yeah, also drop 45 lbs while she was at it). Neither of them are turning back to meat, but they aren't throwing out all of their wool sweaters either. You know what, though? Now that they see how eating this way makes them feel and look, they are more receptive to hearing how they can incorporate other vegan items, aside from food, into their everyday routines. Losing weight is a fine thing to strive for and for the movement to encourage, imo, but being blatantly cruel as a means to an end is not going to work. The ads show a clear lack of compassion.
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The fact is people care about how they look... and how they feel. They may not care about the animals. It's hard to force them to care. They don't want to see the slaughterhouse footage. If fewer animals die because more people want to eat plant-based and lose weight, I see that as a win. Is it perfect? No. But it's a positive step.

There are exceptions to every rule, but generally overweight people, and especially obese people, are in the "at risk" category for many different diseases. That's a fact. Olive oil is highly processed fat. People that follow the research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and the clinical work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) don't eat it... or at least cut back a lot. It is not a whole food.
 
The word is YOGA. Eating less grains and oils, and doing yoga will keep any vegan trim and balanced. Just sayin!
 
Right, as I mention in my original post, I believe the ads show a lack of compassion and won't work. Shaming people isn't going to do anything for the vegan movement. I disagree that a low fat diet is dangerous, however. Last month I received my certificate from Dr. Campbell's Plant-based Nutrition course via Cornell University's online program and the research is pretty conclusive that low fat is the healthiest way to eat. Have you read The China Study? As someone who started plant-based to heal a heart condition (which I did so effectively on a low fat, whole foods, plant-based diet when pills wouldn't work), and then later began to feel for the impact on the animals, I have to disagree. I know several people who started their vegan journey from a personal health standpoint and then got into the whole lifestyle by ditching the wool socks and leather shoes. It's a progression and it can begin at different starting points. I think there are many portals to becoming vegan, thankfully. There is no one right way.
 
My brother went vegan strictly for health reasons. Now, less than a year later, he's coming around to the ethical position as well. I don't think he would have had he not approached it from that angle.
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