Obesity, What Are We Doing To Our Pets?

As Americans get bigger each year with no appreciable shift away from obesity, is it possible we are passing this problem on to our Obesitypets? Steve Dale explores the topic, connecting the emotional components often involved with over-eating: depression, loneliness, and boredom. He asks  if our pets might be more like us that we realize. From the Pet Obesity Prevention site:

  • Approximately 62% of US households own at least one pet = 71.4 million homes
  • US Population (Source: 2009 US Census Bureau) = 305 million
  • 68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese = approximately 148 million (Source: 2010 CDC)

Compare the human results with our pets:

  • An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese
    • An Estimated 93 million US Dogs and Cats are Overweight or Obese

Hmm, let’s see where Steve takes this discussion:

7 comments
jruthkelly1
jruthkelly1

My cats get "fat" (nothing like THIS!) in the winter and skinny in the summer. :)

MySlimDoggy
MySlimDoggy

Mary-  we rescued a 105 lb  unadoptable lab, (on prozac) and using algorithms, had him down to 85 lbs in 3 months. His behavior problems disappeared as did his girth.  Given the dog obesity problem, we created an app so that people can track activity and feeding amounts.  Check it out at slimdoggy.com .  I would love to speak with you and Steve about this as the inspiration behind it and or overall mission are both interesting stories. @myslimdoggy

 

haroldgardner
haroldgardner

So we like the pudgy pets because it makes us feel less bad about our weight?

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  1. […] As Americans get bigger each year with no appreciable shift away from obesity, is it possible we are passing this problem on to our Obesitypets? Steve Dale explores the topic, connecting the emotional components often involved with over-eating: depression, loneliness, and boredom. He asks if our pets might be more like us that we realize. From the Pet Obesity Prevention site: Approximately 62% of US households own at least one pet = 71.4 million homes US Population (Source: 2009 US Census Bureau) = 305 million 68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese = approximately 148 million (Source: 2010 CDC)Compare the human results with our pets: An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese An Estimated 93 million US Dogs and Cats are Overweight or ObeseHmm, let’s see where Steve takes this discussion:  […]