Celebrities, Weight Loss and Penn Jillette’s New Vegan Diet

penn and tellerThe vegan internet is abuzz over Penn Jillette’s (of Penn and Teller fame) recent weight loss and his current plant-based diet. But when it comes to celebrities, weight and veganism, I’m always more than a little cautious.

Here are three reasons why I think it’s a mistake to view Penn’s experience as good PR for veganism.

  1. He lost weight on a very low calorie diet (which may or may not have been vegan; he hasn’t said). He reports that he lost 100 pounds in 100 days. That’s quite an accomplishment […]
By |2015-04-11T13:27:45-04:00April 11th, 2015|Tags: , |33 Comments

Weight, Health and Vegans…plus the Fabulous Our Hen House Magazine

No doubt you’ve heard all the buzz about the recent study suggesting that overweight people have a longevity advantage. The researchers performed a meta-analysis of 97 studies, which included nearly 3 million subjects. They looked at body mass index (BMI) and mortality and found that those in the overweight category—BMI of 25 to 35—had a 5 to 6 percent lower mortality rate. Only at a BMI of 35 or above did mortality risk start to rise.

While it’s not the final word on the relationship between weight and health (no single study, no matter how large and well-conducted, is the […]

By |2013-01-15T09:25:05-05:00January 15th, 2013|Tags: |8 Comments
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