The writer of the letter "Vegetarians are Too Pushy about their Lifestyle" [Nov. 4] stated that most of the vegetarians he knows are "excessively pale and overweight." He needs to widen his circle and get out more. Science tells us that, on average, vegetarians weigh 3 to 20 percent less than meat-eaters. Vegetarians also experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., but the letter-writer said he didn't see much advantage to being a vegetarian.
Vegetarian and vegan athletes include Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, NBA guard Salim Stoudamire, four-time NBA champ John Salley, former NFLers Desmond Howard and Ricky Williams, NHL star George Laraque, track stars Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses, Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez, Ultimate Fighter Mac Danzig, and champion ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek. None strike me as either pale or overweight.
Other well-known vegetarians and vegans include Alicia Silverstone, Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Kevin Nealon, Emily Deschanel, Ellen DeGeneres and Moby, just to name a few. They all look pretty healthy to me.
I'd be happy to keep my vegan lifestyle to myself and leave the flesh-eaters alone, but their lifestyle is killing animals, killing the planet and killing people. I can keep silent and ignore the inevitable demise of the planet by meat-eaters, or I can speak up to help change things for the better. I choose the latter.
— Terri David