Statistics

Number of UK vegetarians

Department of Health and Food Standards Agency (FSA) - National Diet and Nutrition Survey

2012 - (1,582 children (1.5-18 years), 1,491 adults)

  • 2% of both adults and children reported that they were vegetarian
  • Less than 1% reported following a vegan diet
  • Years 1,2 and 3 (combined) of the Rolling programme 2008/09-2010/11

2011 - (1,095 children (1.5-18 years), 1,031 adults)

  • 2% of both adults and children reported that they were vegetarian
  • Less than 1% reported following a vegan diet
  • Years 1 and 2 (combined) of the Rolling programme 2008/09-2009/10

2010 - (583 children (1.5-18 years), 548 adults)

  • 2% of both adults and children reported that they were vegetarian
  • Less than 1% reported following a vegan diet
  • Year 1 of the Rolling programme 2008/09
 FSA - Public Attitudes to Food Issues - UK (stand- alone survey)

2009 - 3,219 adults

  • 3% vegetarian
  • 5% partly vegetarian - not eating some types of meat or fish
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Survey of attitudes, knowledge and behaviour in relation to the environment (series of reports, only 2007 includes vegetarian statistics)

2007 - 3,618 adults

  • 3% vegetarian (2% male, 3% female)
  • 2% vegan (3% male, 2% female)
  • The highest number of vegetarians/vegans were found in 16-29 year old females at 7%
Key Note - Vegetarian Foods Market Assessment Report - UK

2011

  • 6% 'mainly vegetarian' (ate fish but no meat)
  • 3% estimated to be completely vegetarian
  • 2001-2011 number of people completely vegetarian fell from 3 million to 1.9 million

2007 - 1,003 adults

  • 8% claimed 'I, or another member of this household, is a vegetarian who perhaps eats fish'
  • 7.5% claimed 'I, or another member of this household, used to be vegetarian, who perhaps ate fish'

2006 - 1,000 adults

  • 12% claimed to be vegetarian, or someone in the household was vegetarian
  • 9.9% claimed they, or someone else in the hosuehold, used be vegetarian
FSA - Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (stand alone survey)

2007 - 3,728 children and adults (age 2 years and over)

  • 2% men and 3% women vegetarian or vegan (vegetarian: men 2%, women 3%; vegan: both <0.5%)
  • There was little variation between age.
  • Results from the 24 hour recalls showed that, of the self-declared vegetarian or vegans, half consumed either meat or fish during the survey
FSA - Consumer Attitudes to Food Standards Survey (Discontinued after 2007 results) - UK

2007 - 2,627 adults

  • 2% vegetarian
  • 5% partly vegetarian - not eating some types of meat or fish

2006 - 3,513 adults

  • 2% vegetarian
  • 7% partly vegetarian - not eating some types of meat or fish

2005 - 3,143 adults

  • 4% households contained at least one vegetarian member
  • 5% contained at least one person who ate no meat, but did eat fish

2004 - 3,229 adults

  • 5% households contained at least one vegetarian member
  • 6% contained at least one person who ate no meat, but did eat fish

2003 - 3,121 adults

  • 6% households contained at least one vegetarian member. By age: 16-49 – 7%, 50+ 3%
  • By area (England): NW - 5%, NE - 4%, Mids – 5%, SW – 9%, SE – 7%
  • 4% households contained at least one person who was "mainly vegetarian" i.e. ate fish but no meat

2002 - 3,173 adults

  • 5% households contained at least one vegetarian member. By age: 16-25 - 6%, 26-35 - 7%, 36-49 - 6%,50-65 - 5%, 66+ - 2%
  • By area (UK): England - 6%, Scotland - 4%, Wales - 4%, N Ireland - 2%
  • 5% households contained at least one person who was "mainly vegetarian" i.e. ate fish but no meat

2001 - 3,120 adults

  • 5% households contained a completely vegetarian member
  • 6% in England - highest of all UK
  • 6% households contained at least one person who was "mainly vegetarian" i.e. ate fish but no meat

2000 - 3,153 adults

  • 5% households contained a completely vegetarian member, including 1% vegan
  • 6% England, 3% Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • 7% households contained at least one person who was "mainly vegetarian" i.e. ate fish but no meat
 The 21st Century Toddler Survey - Commissioned by Mother and Baby Magazine and Pampers Kandoo

2003 - 2,000 parents

  • 6% under 3 year olds vegetarian
Mintel - Vegetarian UK

2000

  • 3 million vegetarians in the UK – over 5% of the total population

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