Switching to a Healthy and Humane Plant-Based Diet Can Reverse American Samoa’s Obesity Woes, Says Group
For Immediate Release:
August 14, 2013
Pago Pago — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific has sent a letter to the director of public health for American Samoa–which has the dubious distinction of having the world’s fattest population–suggesting that the government recommend a plant-based diet to tackle the obesity problem. A vegetarian/vegan starter kit accompanied the letter with tips to make the transition. PETA’s point? That a meat- and dairy-based diet has been linked to a host of life-threatening ailments, including obesity. More than 94 percent of American Samoa’s population is considered obese.
“Going vegan would mean that the people of American Samoa would lead healthier, happier lives and also save the lives of a huge number of animals every year,” says PETA Asia-Pacific Vice President of International Operations Jason Baker. “No one enjoys being fat, and going vegan would help residents get a handle on their weight problem in the most delicious ways imaginable.”
The vegetarian/vegan starter kit includes easy-to-follow recipes, tips for making the transition, and information about meat’s devastating effects on animals and the environment. In addition to facing the social challenges caused by childhood obesity–which can lead to lifelong psychological traum–overweight teens who are fed a diet of burgers, chicken nuggets, and other foods that are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol have their health put at risk. According to the U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children and adults who go vegan reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity.
PETA’s letter to the director of health for American Samoa is available upon request.
For more information on making the switch to a vegetarian diet, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com. To view the vegetarian/vegan starter kit sent with the letter, please visit PETA.org.au.