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Nearly Three Quarters Of Men Say They'd Rather Die Early Than Give Up Meat

Jake Massey

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Nearly Three Quarters Of Men Say They'd Rather Die Early Than Give Up Meat

Featured Image Credit: Pexels/Artem Podrez

Almost three quarters of men claim they'd rather die prematurely than give up meat - as ridiculous as that might sound.

A survey of 1,000 people found that 73 percent of blokes would rather reduce their life expectancy by up to 10 years than stop eating meat.

The research also found that both men and women perceived meatier diets to be more masculine, with 47 percent of participants viewing meat-eating as a 'masculine undertaking'.

Could you give up meat? Credit: Pexels/Askar Abayev
Could you give up meat? Credit: Pexels/Askar Abayev

The survey sampled Australians and was commissioned by No Meat May, a group which - as you can probably guess - encourages people to give up meat for the month of May.

The group's co-founder, Ryan Alexander, said: "What was perhaps most shocking, was that 73 percent of male respondents said they'd rather reduce their life expectancy by up to 10 years than give up eating meat, with three quarters of men not convinced of the health benefits of a meat-free diet, despite the mounting evidence to the contrary.

"Significant research over many years has shown that eating meat and other animal products increases the risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, obesity and having a reduced life expectancy, not to mention being one of the biggest contributors to global warming and the destruction of our environment.

"Yet our survey alarmingly shows that Australian men are either not aware of any of these facts, don't believe them, or simply don't care."

A lot of blokes really love their meat. Credit: Pexels/Ready Made
A lot of blokes really love their meat. Credit: Pexels/Ready Made

Alright Ryan, but if God cared about the health of we the people and the planet we inhabit, then why did he make meat so delicious?

Or perhaps there is no God and the amount of meat we eat is really unsustainable and should be reined in massively.

Food for thought, you might say.


Perhaps the tide is shifting away from meat-eating though, with awareness of the problems posed by mass farming growing year-on-year.

Indeed, earlier this year, following the release of Seaspiracy, almost half of the documentary's viewers said they were considering cutting fish from their diets.


Whether any of this 42.4 percent actually followed through and made a change is the real question, I suppose.

Topics: Food, meat, Interesting, Community

Jake Massey
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