From CBS Atlanta:Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts.
A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. **But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.
Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.**
The study, at the link above, is pretty easy to read.
Of course, the question that is NOT answered here is if the vegetarian diet causes the issues or if those who have the issues are more likely to be sucked in to the vegetarian lifestyle.
In the meantime, I think I’ll have a nicely marbled Porterhouse steak and contemplate this study