Pass me another veggie burger

*Cough* I love being validated with articles like this….

Intelligent Kids More Likely to Become Vegetarians, Study Says

c.2006 Bloomberg News

By Eva von Schaper

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — Children with a higher intelligence quotient at age 10 are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, according to a study published online today by the British Medical Journal.

People with an IQ of 110 were two-and-a-half times more likely to avoid eating meat, the lead author of the study, Catherine Gale of the University of Southampton, said in a telephone interview. Researchers studied more than 8,000 men and women, and found vegetarians were more likely to be women, belong to a higher social class, and have higher educational degrees.

“If you are bright, you are more likely to understand health information, and more likely to act on it,” Gale, a senior research fellow, said yesterday.

The results backed up findings that intelligence is associated with lower rates of heart disease.

While their intelligence may allow the vegetarian participants to be more health literate, some vegetarians act on purely ethical reasons when they give up meat, the study said.

The researchers studied participants at age 10, and followed up 20 years later. About 4.5 percent of them said they were vegetarian. Some who classified themselves as vegetarians found it acceptable to eat fish or chicken.

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