MEAT ISN’T THE REASON!
Unsupportive family and friends is toughest obstacle for potential vegans
New data from Veggly reveals the toughest obstacles to going vegan
- “We always suspected this. The main reason some people struggle to go vegan is not because they can’t give up meat, it’s because they don’t have the right people around them. Having a supportive group of friends and family, including your partner or partners, will greatly increase motivation and ability to switch to and maintain a vegan lifestyle. We need to help more people find that kind of support online.” – Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli
- Data compiled from Veggly’s 700,000+ users has revealed how the toughest obstacle for transitioning to a vegan diet, according to 51.4%, is a lack of supportive friends and family
- The second toughest obstacle is giving up cheese and eggs (41.3%)
- Giving up meat is not a common obstacle (only 8.4% of vegans)
Veggly releases new data
The dating app for vegans and vegetarians, today releases new data revealing the toughest obstacles on the journey to switching to a vegan diet/lifestyle.
According to a new, global survey of Veggly’s 700,000+ users, 51.4% of those surveyed stated that a lack of supportive friends, family and partners was the primary barrier to transitioning to a vegan diet/lifestyle.
The second most popular choice as the ‘toughest obstacle’ was giving up cheese and eggs – which was selected by 41.3%.
Giving up meat specifically is far less of an obstacle in general, with only 8.4% of those surveyed selecting this issue as their toughest obstacle.
The data also reveals how well over a fifth of Veggly users (21.5%) have now met new close friends on the app, which has helped many vegans and vegetarians build a stronger supportive network of fellow herbivores.
Commenting on the new data, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said: “We always suspected this. The main reason some people struggle to go vegan is not because they can’t give up meat, it’s because they don’t have the right people around them. Having a supportive group of friends and family, including your partner or partners, will greatly increase your motivation and ability to switch to a vegan lifestyle. We need to help more people find that kind of support and community online.
“Of course, Veggly was created primarily to help vegans find love and new romantic relationships. But there are many different types of love; sometimes it’s a ‘friendship love’ that we find, and that’s what we are seeing much more of now. Over a fifth of our users have now found close friends through the app, which is great! We expect this proportion to grow even further. The end goal for many users will still be to find their vegan soulmate, but they are making lots of new friends along the way. Doing so, they‘re building a more supportive network of other vegans and vegetarians around them.
“The Veggly team and I are always excited about helping create any new relationship, whether that’s a romantic relationship or a friendship – the more the merrier! Together, we can help build a more vegan world that’s kinder to animals and kinder to our planet.”
Veggly, which now has over 700,000 users, is available throughout the world (users in 181 countries). Veggly is set to continue its rapid growth thanks to its growing army of vegan volunteers around the world who have worked together to translate the app from English into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.
The Veggly app was created to help vegans, vegetarians, and aspiring vegans/vegetarians to find, match and chat to other like-minded people nearby. At present, Veggly is the only vegan/vegetarian dating app available on Android, iOS and desktop/web.
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