Excerpt from an interview with Afya Ibomo from Frugivore.
I have been a vegetarian for 21 years, and vegan for 15 years. I became a vegetarian because I had asthma, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic dehydration as a child. After awhile, I became tired of taking numerous pills and medications per day. I knew there had to be another way to deal with my illnesses. When I was 15 years old, my mother found an allergy specialist that suggested that the food I was eating could be the cause of my problems. This was the first time that I connected food to health, and simultaneously, the rapper KRS-One had a song out called “Beef”, which discusses vegetarianism, health, and the food industry. Armed with all of this information, I became a vegetarian at age 15. My health improved somewhat, but it did not completely get better until I became a vegan.
Full interview here.