Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Original embargo terms
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Diet and lifestyle choices play a vital role in the overall health of an individual. There are many types of diets with varying instructions on what kind and how much of a food, or food group, should be eaten. This cross sectional study focused on possible health benefits of a vegetarian diet in regards to the body composition of non-vegetarian and vegetarian women. Total meat, poultry, seafood, and fish (MPSF) intake were separated into three categories to compare low-to-very-low, moderate, and high intake. Anthropometric measurements collected included waist to hip ratio (WHR), weight, height, and percentage of body fat. No significant differences were found between the vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories BMI, body fat percentage, or WHR. Conclusions found by previous research were not supported by the results of this research. Factors including geographic location and socioeconomic status could impact the availability of healthy food for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Mapp, Carlie, "Examining body composition differences between vegetarian and non-vegetarian women" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2102.