Attitudes toward veganism in eating disorder professionals

Sarah Fuller*, Kimberley Hill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Veganism has increased in popularity in the past decade and, despite being a characteristic protected by law, is often viewed negatively by the general population. Little is known about the attitudes of healthcare professionals despite the potential influence on practice and eating disorder patient care. This is one of the first studies to investigate attitudes toward veganism within specialist eating disorder, general mental health and other professionals. A one-way ANOVA indicated all professionals held positive views toward veganism. General mental health professionals held statistically more positive veganism attitudes than specialist eating disorder and other professionals. As one of the first studies to suggest eating disorder professionals are not biased against veganism, it has important clinical practice implications, particularly when exploring motivations for adopting a vegan diet (health, weight loss, environmental or animal welfare concerns) in patients with eating disorders. Implications for further research are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
JournalBJPsych Bulletin
Early online date17 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2021


  • Eating disorders
  • ethics
  • in-patient treatment
  • stigma and discrimination
  • veganism


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