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Vegan Bodybuilder Proves You Can Be Buff at 78

Written by Heather Moore | January 7, 2014

Check out vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris—Elton John’s ex-bodyguard—in PETA’s newest ad urging people to go vegan to improve their health and increase their life expectancy:

Jim Morris Think Before You Eat© 2013 Martin Kunert • iStockphoto.com/malerapaso

Pretty buff for a septuagenarian, huh?

He broke the color barrier in bodybuilding, and now he’s breaking the age barrier as PETA’s most senior pin-up to promote vegan eating. Jim is also the subject of a documentary premiering this month at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.

It’s never too late to make healthy, humane choices. Jim went vegetarian when he was 50 and vegan when he was 65. In an interview with PETA, he talks about the health problems he endured when he ate meat and dairy products and he doubts that he would be alive today if he had continued to eat an unhealthy animal-based diet. He reveals that he now not only feels better physically but also feels good about himself because his food choices no longer cause thinking, feeling animals to suffer.

While not everyone wants to look like a bodybuilder, most people want to be fit and trim well into their golden years. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters and that they’re less likely to suffer from common, chronic illnesses.

If you want to look and feel awesome at any age, pick up a copy of PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. No heavy lifting required—we promise.

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  • Fabian says:

    where can I get these magazine with Morris? I want it really but find no way to buy it…

  • I have been Vegan for a year now and am doing great. I just turned 72 a month ago and no longer eat meat, poultry, fish, dairy or oils. I have lost 30 pounds and feel like a million bucks. I walk miles every day, play with my big dog and sleep like a baby at night. I drink almond milk and eat coconut yogurt, too. I drink no soda pop.

  • Robert O'Neill says:

    I think.. I’m going to give veganism a try. I’ve always been a meat head, but if this way I can live on this lovely planet longer and keep out animals brothers alive, I think it’s for the best!

  • Sammy Carton says:

    Yes I agree, it doesn’t mean that we’re already old and we still choose to be unhealthy. All of us, at any age can still be fit.

  • I agree just because we can eat meat, doesn’t mean we should!

  • Sue Kelly says:

    Is there a book on what to eat for a bodybuilding vegan and recipes

  • Alan Smith says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this blog. It is very good to know that vegan diet increases six to ten years of life average. I recommend all people to choose vegetarian.

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