Socio-Economic Status Impacts Meat Consumption And Health, Says New Study

Research shows that those who identify as lower status eat more meat
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Meat consumption connects to a person's beliefs

A new study connects low socio-economic status with increased meat consumption and, as a result, compromised health.

According to the research, published in academic journal Appetite, those with a lower socio-economic status purchase and consume more meat than those with a higher one.

A primary reason for this is that meat is, and has historically been, associated with wealth and social status.


Those who identified as having lower socio-economic status reported that they ate more meat because of societal ideas attached to it.

The study showed that the motivation came from 'status they lack', rather 'felt hunger or power'.

Speaking to, Dr. Zlatevska said: "There is a symbolic association between eating meat and strength, power and masculinity.

"It is traditionally a high-status food, brought out for guests or as the centrepiece of festive occasions, so we wanted to better understand this link to status."

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The study's authors suggest the findings may be helpful for doctors


The study's authors - Dr. Eugene Chan of Monash Business School and Dr. Natalina Zlatevska of UTS Business School - say that the data may be useful to medical doctors.

They argue that understanding factors that influence meat consumption may help to curb it.

Dr. Chan said: "Our research reveals that while eating meat appears to confer feelings of power and status, this may have health implications for those who see themselves as lower on the socio-economic ladder."

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