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Pet ownership to weight status: a path analysis

By Elizabeth Kingsley Casey

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Abstract Research suggests that a multidimensional approach to obesity that addresses physiological, psychological, social, and environmental factors is optimal. Stress and self-esteem, as well as eating and exercise behaviors have been named as important factors in obesity. Curiously, although pets have been shown to reduce stress and are associated with higher self-esteem and cardiovascular health, the relationship between pet ownership and weight status has not been explored. A path analysis of the direct and indirect effects of pet ownership on stress, self-esteem, physical activity, eating behavior, and Body Mass Index failed to reveal a clear path linking pet ownership to weight status.

Stephanie Schaffner

Location of Publication Lexington, KY
Language English
University University of Kentucky
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. obesity
  3. Pet ownership
  4. Weight