Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, a study says.
A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10.
There was no difference in IQ score between strict vegetarians and those who said they were vegetarian but who reported eating fish or chicken.
Researchers said the findings were partly related to better education and higher occupational social class, but it remained statistically significant after adjusting for these factors.
I wish John at Numberwatch had the energy to go through the figures but my cursory look suggests that it is simply that the distribution of meat eaters is across the whole IQ spectrum, including the knuckle-dragger end as well as the "top" end, whereas the prissy veggies, and especially the pretend veggies, concentrate at the Guardian reading point of the IQ scale. And is there anything more pathetic than being a pretend veggie? A pretend Duke or war hero may be reprehensible but at least they wish to be something better than they are....