Avoid Fat Kids by Owning a Dog

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.

“If you’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 you’re watching TV,” said Jo Salmon of Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. “It’s activity and it’s a mind thing as well.”

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. George’s, University of London, who led the English study.

“The more active lifestyle of children from dog-owning families is really interesting,” he said. “Is it that owning a dog makes you more active or active families choose to have a dog? It’s a bit of a children and egg question.”

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One thought on “Avoid Fat Kids by Owning a Dog

  1. I believe it is having a dog that one becomes active. When a dog owner is responsible in giving the dog its regular exercise, then one becomes active and fit. According to what I read from http://www.trainpetdog.com/dog-adopting.html, getting a dog is like having a baby- there is much to prepare and this includes preparing to exercise with the dog. Thus, it is necessary to be prepared for this when one decides to have a pet dog.

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