Vegetarianism and Intimate
Given the strength and pervasiveness of the personal changes that accompany the transition to vegetarianism, it is not surprising that becoming a vegetarian has major consequences for people's intimate relationships. For single vegetarians, dating meat‐ eaters can pose problems, and sometimes vegetarians find themselves in romantic relationships with people who share neither their diets nor their beliefs. Relations between spouses are invariably affected if one partner becomes vegetarian and the other does not. Tension between partners is the usual outcome and can lead, in extreme situations, to the destruction of the relationship. And raising children as vegetarians is complicated for both parents and children.
In all of these situations, vegetarianism poses challenges and potential difficulties. However, it also provides opportunities for further growth in close relationships. As we will see, vegetarianism can both divide people and bring them together.
Our study reveals that most single vegetarians prefer to date other vegetarians. However, because vegetarians are relatively rare in the population, single vegetarians generally have problems finding eligible partners. This problem is particularly acute for women because they strongly outnumber male vege