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Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States

By R. A. Heuberger, J. A. Garner, A. Corby, K. DeWitt, R. vander Sluis

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The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health improvements for both owners and pets. The authors completed this cross-sectional study in the rural MWUS with the objective of describing health-related characteristics of non-overweight/obese versus overweight/obese [NOO vs. OO] cat and dog owners and their pets. The primary aim was to detect differences that could inform health recommendations. For both cat and dog owners, dietary and lifestyle profiles differed between those who were non-overweight/obese and those who were overweight/obese. NOO dog owners trended toward fewer health problems, took fewer medications (p

Publication Title Anthrozoƶs
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 219-230
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Language English
Author Address Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, 106A Wightman Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, USA.heube1ra@cmich.edu
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Heuberger, R. A.; Garner, J. A.; Corby, A.; DeWitt, K.; Sluis, R. vander (2018), "Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States," http://habricentral.org/resources/59318.

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