every vegetarian has been accused of eating meat on the sly — which makes sense, since most meat eaters can’t picture life without steak (or , or , or ).
A surveyed 10,000 Americans about their eating habits, and roughly 6% of the respondents self-identified as vegetarians. The researchers then asked individuals to describe their eating habits, and 60% of the “vegetarians” reported having eaten meat within the last 24 hours.
Okay, that could’ve have been a fluke (or just a really, really dumb sample group). Then the U.S. Department of Agriculture . This time, they telephoned approximately 13,000 Americans, and 3% claimed to be vegetarians. When they followed up a week later, 66% of the self-proclaimed veggie-lovers had eaten meat the day before.
The study speculated that the disconnect might be happening because different people have different definitions of “vegetarianism” despite the pretty obvious “no meat of any kind” definition that can be found in every and .