Over the past few decades, Indians’ preferences for food have shifted towards a Western diet, which includes frozen foods that are already prepared to eat and packaged foods. This way of life, which includes unhealthy eating, can bring on stress and anxiety. In a number of studies, the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression experienced by vegetarians and non-vegetarians, along with healthy and unhealthy diet consumers, have been shown to be distinct from one another. The purpose of this study was to assess the role of vegetarianism and healthy dietary habits on depression, anxiety, stress, and personality. 50 vegetarians and 50 non-vegetarians participated in the study, out of which 21 healthy diet consumers and 23 unhealthy diet consumers were screened out. The DASS and NEO-FFI scales were used to assess the sample, along with eating habits questions framed by the researcher. A significant difference was found between healthy and unhealthy diet consumers with respect to depression and conscientiousness. However, no significant difference was found between vegetarians and non- vegetarians with respect to depression, anxiety, stress, or personality.
Vegetarianism, depression, anxiety, stress, personality
Unique Paper ID: 78
Publication Volume & Issue: VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 2
31 Dec 2023Submit Paper