[quote="Richard"][quote="blinki"]It says on average they had been vegetarian for nine years before eating meat.
That was the average of the people they interviewed, not the average of the apparent 75% of vegetarians who ditch their diet in the separate CBS survey which I was referring to:
"according to a 2005 survey by CBS News
, three times as many American adults admit to being "ex-vegetarians" than describe themselves as current vegetarians. This suggests that roughly 75% of people who quit eating meat eventually change their minds and return to a diet that includes animal flesh"
"Over the next week or so, seventy-seven former vegetarians took our survey
. As is true of vegetarians generally, the majority of the participants were women. Their average age was 28, and on average, they had been vegetarian for nine years before for reverting back to eating animals."
I know and my common sense disposition is to agree with you. But what seems common sense might not be the reality. I questioned the representativeness of their sample because I think that’s where the strangeness of 9 years would have came from. But still 9 years is a lot, it’d need to be a hell of an unrepresentative sample for it not to fit with what seems common sense. 77 isn’t a particularly big sample but it’s not tiny either which makes being so unrepresentative seem a bit unlikely. So while I don’t think an average of 9 years is representative I think it suggests that whatever is the real average is a fair bit higher than we might expect.