The Vegetarian Habit in Italy: Prevalence and Characteristics of Consumers.


Ponzio E, Mazzarini G, Gasperi G, Bottoni MC, Vallorani S.

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Ecol Food Nutr.


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Many individuals around the world follow vegetarian diet. The aim of this study was to examine the variables associated to a vegetarian diet. Data were drawn from the national cross-sectional survey "Health and use of health care in Italy". Vegetarian habit was prevalent in 0.79% of sample, mainly females. Multivariate model has confirmed the association between vegetarianism and females, age, level of education, marital status separated/divorced/single, diabetes, bad state of perceived health. Little to no research has been conducted in this area until now. As for all types of diet, the vegetarian one should be controlled.