All the men on my father's side passed away from heart attacks. This includes all my male cousins. I was suffering from high blood pressure and decided it was time to take better care of myself. I quit smoking few years ago and almost a year ago decided to cut down on my meat consumption. Since then, my health is much better and I lost weight! I love animals and this seems like the right thing to do for them.
Nearly. My GF is, so I've started learning to love veggies. I mostly don't buy meat anymore, but I'll eat it in social contexts to avoid causing offense/being a pain.
I might switch to full vegetarianism in the future. Right now I've settled to only buying organic meat products - I don't have a moral problem eating meat per se, but I find the living conditions of cattle absolutely revolting. Fortunately, where I live, there are a number of food labels that are only given to meat producers who treat animals right. It's more expensive, obviously, so I buy less of it. Only makes me appreciate it more, and it tastes so freaking good.
The health aspect doesn't come into this much right now - I'm slim with no health issues so far except for teeth. I could see it being important in the future, though, especially since my family has a history of heart disease.
I used to be a vegetarian, but traveling abroad for several years, it became impossible. Many times in the countryside we would be hosted by a family who shared what little food they had with us, or, in once case, they killed a farm animal to feed us. I wasn't going to be rude, I ate what was offered to me. Upon my return to the U.S. I went back to being an 'opportunistic vegetarian' - meaning that if I have a choice I usually won't choose meat, but if it is offered to me by a friend or family member I won't turn it down. I do occasionally buy meat for myself, but only from our local co-op - where I know it comes from a small, local farm.
Well, about six or seven years ago (I can't remember when exactly) I was sitting on my couch, watching TV and this documentary about electrocuting cattle came on (really horrifying I must say). I have always been an animal lover, I was really young back then, so that emotionally scared me. Ever since I can't stand to even look at meat without the scenes of that documentary running through my head. So yes, I am a vegetarian since then and I doubt I ever start to eat meat again. Besides I never liked the taste of meat.