Examining body composition differences between vegetarian and non-vegetarian women


Carlie Mapp


Tolar-Peterson, Terezie

Committee Member

Tidwell, Diane

Committee Member

Mathews, Rahel

Date of Degree


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Graduate Thesis - Open Access


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.



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