And I can tell you that each one of them is matched by a person who not only had an epiphany, but is seeking -like a fundamentalist- to convert the masses. President Clinton is one such person. He went from a burger addict to a vegetarian after his open heart surgery. Most people fall somewhere in the middle.
I don’t think it’s fair to compare vegetarians, vegans, and advocates of healthy eating to religious fundamentalists. There are a wide variety of reasons people go vegetarian or vegan, including political, economical, environmental, ethical, nutritional, and yes, sometimes religious. There are also non-vegetarian and non-vegan advocates for better eating. But unlike religious fundamentalism, which is the pushing of an agenda dealing with subjective interpretations of faith-based texts, advocacy for better eating has facts on its side. We do know for sure that animals are killed so that humans can eat their flesh. We do know the negative impact that the meat industry has on the environment. We do know the cruelty with which animals are treated. We do know the benefits of eating a mostly plant-based diet and the negative effects of eating in an unhealthy way. We do know that healthy eating now likely reduces costs for medical treatment later.
Of course, people are free to enrich or destroy their bodies any way they want to. It’s just sad that adults end up damaging children with unhealthy eating, too.