As vegans, we love to talk about how healthy this lifestyle is and how much better we feel now that we eat plant-based.
We have science that supports these claims* and we see that not only is it good for us, but it’s also the best diet for the planet.
Yet there are still unhealthy fat vegans who are not really how we picture stereotypical vegans to look like. Why is that?
The answer is simple and that is because veganism is not about health but about not exploiting other animals. Sure we can eat healthily – and we are encouraged to do so – but that’s not at the core of this philosophy.
That’s why there is a difference between someone who is vegan and someone who is plant-based. The first one did it for ethical reasons; the second one did it for a selfish reason (which is completely okay in this case as health is important).
So that’s why there are fat vegans and vegans who are addicted to drugs, and anorexic vegans and obese vegans. Because veganism is not about health, but about doing our best at making sure other animals live a life they deserve.
Still, we should all strive to live more healthily. We should move our bodies, drink plenty of water, meditate and eat whole plant-based foods that give us energy and nutrients we require.
If you are a fat vegan and you wish to lose weight, not only do you have beautiful programs that will support your weight loss journey like this one that I wrote about a few months ago, but you have the support of other vegans.
Yes, dropping the unhealthy habits and becoming a much healthier version of you takes time, will and sometimes money, but it’s important. We cannot help our fellow animals if we are unable to move and breathe.
When you dedicate a significant portion of your life to helping others, you need to make yourself a priority. If you don’t, you will one day have to quit and settle for a life where you visit the hospital every week.
Being fat and unhealthy is usually our own fault. After all, we put junk food in our bodies, we smoke and take drugs, and we lay on the couch eating chips and cookies. Our genes are only a small portion of how healthy or unhealthy we are throughout our lives.
Cancer may run in your family but so does carcinogenic food.
Let me know in the comments what you think of unhealthy vegans and how we can encourage them to make their health a priority. I would really love to hear from you.