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Hybrid Health Education Kira Bunkholt

In-depth Study Topic Veganism

DECISION INFLUENCES CHART - Use the sample chart for your reference.

Directions: Use specific “quotes” or facts to explain how these areas can influence a

person’s opinion, either positively or negatively, regarding your topic. Be

sure to

parenthetically cite eaYchoufamucts.tfind 2 cited facts per section on this chart.



Media(magazines, newspapers, billboards,

Vegan diet and it’s products have gained traction through social media (“Vegan is going Mainstream, trend data suggests”)

Advertising, TV, radio, videos, films, promotions, coupons, etc.)

“Vegan and Coca Cola are competing for space for who is getting the most social media messages and marketing” (“Vegan is going Mainstream, trend data suggests”)

Research shows that Vegan and Vegetarian related content were mentioned 4.3 million times in 90 days compared to Coca Cola’s 4.1 million (“Vegan is going Mainstream, trend data suggests”)

In a 2009 study by the American Diabetes Association of diet groups, researchers found that the only group that “stayed within the boundaries of a healthy weight was the vegan group” (Barnard,Webb pg,


In a 1987 study done by Thorogood et al the incidence of heart disease is estimated to be 57% lower in lifelong vegans (Davis, Melina pg.20)

Technological/Medical Advances

(computer, research studies, new medicines or procedures, etc.)


Religious Motivations

“A major upheaval around the 6th century BC in India deeply affected Hinduism. This led to the formation of the Buddhist and the Jain religions–both of which put increased emphasis on the sanctity of all life, including animal life.” (Davidson pg. 114)

Interpersonal Communications

(family, friends, peers, co-workers, teachers, etc.)

“Jains are decidedly ascetic. Their vegetarianism arises from the necessity of purifying the soul of its attachments to and contamination from matter.” (Davidson pg. 118) Family Members Influence Others

“Some individuals may adopt vegetarian life-styles in order to emulate those they admire. Vegetarians may be viewed as more health-conscious, self-disciplined, attractive, and empathetic than nonvegetarians (Beardsworth & Keil, 1992). Thus, they may serve as a form of aspirational reference group for some individuals “ (Lindquist pg 7)

“Diets that do not include fish, eggs, or sea vegetables (seaweeds) generally lack the long-chain n–3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 20:5n−3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; 22:6n−3), which are important for cardiovascular health as well as eye and brain functions.”(“Health Effects of Vegan Diet”)

“Heme iron absorption is substantially higher than non-heme iron from plant foods.” --Iron deficiency anemia is a concern. (“Health Effects of Vegan Diet”)

Immediate Risks

Osteoporosis is a concern for vegans because they tend to take in a lower amount of vitamin D and calcium that the recommended daily intake but results are inconclusive as to if they are more at risk than non-vegans (“Health Effects of Vegan Diet”)

“Compared with lactoovovegetarians and omnivores, vegans typically have lower plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations, higher prevalence of vitamin B-12 deficiency, and higher concentrations of plasma homocysteine. Elevated homocysteine has been considered a risk factor for CVD and osteoporotic bone fractures” (“Health Effects of Vegan Diet”)

Long-Term Risks

The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook by Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb Becoming Vegan Book

Lindquist, Anna, "Beyond Hippies and Rabbit Food: The Social Effects of Vegetarianism and Veganism" (2013). Sociology & Anthropology Theses. Paper 3.