Taking after master: US pets obese, too, study finds
Sunday 27 February 2011
Just like their human masters, a majority of American pets have a weight problem, a study released Thursday says.
In its fourth yearly study of how fat Americans' four-legged furry friends are, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of cats and more than 55 percent of dogs were overweight or obese.
That means there are around 50 million fat cats and 43 million pudgy dogs in the United States.
The study looked at 133 adult cats and 383 dogs.
Nearly a third of the cats were classified by their veterinarians as overweight and nearly 22 percent were deemed to be clinically obese, the study found.
Among the canines observed, 35 percent were found to be overweight and 20.6 percent were obese.
"We're seeing a greater percentage of obese pets than ever before," said Dr Ernie Ward, founder of APOP.
In 2007, roughly 19 percent of cats and a mere 10 percent of dogs were found in the APOP study to be obese - defined for the family pet as having a body weight that is 30 percent greater than normal.
"This is troubling because it means more pets will be affected by weight-related diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease," the same illnesses that afflict obese humans, Ward said.
American cats and dogs are doing slightly better, in obesity terms, than their masters and mistresses, around one in three of whom is obese.
The Microsoft mogul told fans a few home truths during his Reddit AMA
First full-length look is finally here
Life & Style blogs
Snapchat removed the Best Friends list feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Eight-year-old girl Camilla Lisant suggests possible cancer treatment to her scientist father over the dinner table
Lack of medically trained staff leaves NHS 111 phone service struggling to cope, insider claims
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
£29000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: PSV/PCV Mechanics & HGV mechani...
£12500 - £13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The largest independent Reprogr...
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a well established websit...
£120 - £145 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: French & German Teacher X2 Materni...