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10-18-13, 07:38 PM
David Epstein
October 11 2013

Everyone knows Americans are fat and getting fatter (http://www.cdc.gov/pdf/facts_about_obesity_in_the_united_states.pdf), and everyone thinks they know why: more eating and less moving.
But the “big two” factors may not be the whole story. Consider this: Animals have been getting fatter too. The National Pet Obesity Survey (http://www.petobesityprevention.com/2012-national-pet-obesity-survey-results/) recently reported that more than 50 percent of cats and dogs — that’s more than 80 million pets — are overweight or obese. Pets have gotten so plump that there’s now a National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. (It was Wednesday.) Lap dogs and comatose cats aren’t alone in the fat animal kingdom. Animals in strictly controlled research laboratories that have enforced the same diet and lifestyle for decades are also ballooning.


10-18-13, 07:41 PM
Further down:
'But feral rats studied around Baltimore have gotten fatter, and they don’t suffer the stress of captivity, nor have they received antibiotics. Increasingly, scientists are turning their attention toward factors that humans and the wild and captive animals that live around them have in common: air, soil, and water, and the hormone-altering chemicals that pollute them.

10-18-13, 09:21 PM
I think a large part of the answer to the obesity problem can be found in the book Wheat Belly. Given the composition of a large portion of commercial pet foods and the tendency of indulgent owners to give tit bits of their own food to their pets, it is also likely to explain why pets are showing obesity problems. Urban feral animals are likely to be scavenging human cast off food.

10-18-13, 11:26 PM
I thought the same, Aaltrude. A friend (well, acquaintance) used to feed her dog McDonald's hamburgers.

10-19-13, 11:22 AM
The easiest way to keep pets trim is to feed them a grain-free diet and eliminate the treats. It works for people too.

10-19-13, 01:25 PM
Support! I know people with fat pets. The pets are overfed, period. You, the owner, are in control. Act like a parent! I've had many dogs over the years: 2 German Shepherds, 2 Border Collies, An English Setter and her offspring. Of course there are always cats too! None of these was ever a fat pet.