Vegetarianism has its roots in ancient India, where it was first practiced as a religious tradition. In China, the custom of abstaining from meat on the first and fifteenth day of every lunar month was also prevalent. This led to vegetarianism being regarded as a manifestation of religious faith.
However, in modern times, vegetarians often face stigmas such as being associated with malnutrition. They may also be viewed as difficult to dine with, and even labeled as weak, as seen in the popular Chinese internet slang "I'm not a vegetarian." Moreover, studies have found that women are more likely to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle than men, which further reinforces gender stereotypes associated with the term "vegetarian
“Only women will like veggie food, real men will eat meat.”