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I think you're letting your indignation over careless use of words interfere with your understanding of the validity of the study and its results. As has been pointed out, the study did distinguish true vegetarians from "meat avoiders", and found no difference between the two groups. Therefore-

(1) The headline is true; there is a correlation between vegetarianism and IQ.

(2) Additionally, it is also true that "meat avoiders" show the same IQ difference as vegetarians.

Feel free to object about the language encouraging readers to conflate vegetarians and "meat avoiders", but that's more a matter of sloppy reporting rather than bad science.
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