Recently Canada has been identified as being filled with fat people, and there’s a simple way to stop this waist problem from expanding: own a dog. Families that have a dog have kids who are fit and thinner than non-dog owning families.
Go play fetch and stay fit!
And an Australian analysis of 1,145 children found girls and boys with dogs 50 per cent less likely to be fat.
â€œIf youâ€™re a kid and a dog, you chase balls, you play soccer with them, you rumble with them, wrestle them on the carpet even if youâ€™re watching TV,â€ said Jo Salmon of Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. â€œItâ€™s activity and itâ€™s a mind thing as well.â€
Children whose families owned dogs were more active, with increased light, moderate and vigorous physical activity, regardless of race or gender, reported Christopher Owen, an epidemiologist at St. Georgeâ€™s, University of London, who led the English study.
â€œThe more active lifestyle of children from dog-owning families is really interesting,â€ he said. â€œIs it that owning a dog makes you more active or active families choose to have a dog? Itâ€™s a bit of a children and egg question.â€