U.S. Weekly recently published an article about Jessica Simpson's foray into veganism in an article titled "Jessica Simpson Hits Carpet After Starting Extreme Vegan Diet." The article details Simpson's "strict diet."
When Simpson followed a high protein diet while filming Daisy Duke, U.S. Weekly championed the diet, writing an article called "Jessica's New Bikini Body!" and included a meal plan.
The American Dietetic Association states that a vegan diet is healthful and nutritionally adequate, while the American Heart Association warns against high-protein diets stating "Some of these diets restrict healthful foods that provide essential nutrients and don't provide the variety of foods needed to adequately meet nutritional needs. People who stay on these diets very long may not get enough vitamins and minerals and face other potential health risks."
The Hollywood Life, another gossip site, also called veganism an "extreme diet." Asking readers: "Did Jessica’s extreme diet help her lose some pounds or does she still have a long way to go?"
This question insulting on several levels. A vegan diet is not an extreme crash diet. It should not be used to promote an unhealthy body image.
Veganism is a healthy diet that abstains from animal products. It is not extreme, nor it is a calorie restricted diet.
Tell US Weekly and the Hollywood Life not to refer to veganism as "extreme."
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