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The PPET study: people and pets exercising together

By R. F. Kushner, D. J. Blatner, D. E. Jewell, K. Rudloff

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Objective: Obesity is a significant public health problem that is affecting people and their pets. The human-companion animal bond and the role of pets in providing social support provides a rationale framework for studying the effectiveness of a combined people and pets (PP) exercising together (PPET) weight loss program. Research Methods and Procedures: Thirty-six pairs of overweight or obese people with an obese pet (PP) and 56 overweight or obese people only (PO) participated in a 1-year prospective controlled weight loss study. In a group format, people received dietary and physical activity counseling, and dogs were fed a calorie-controlled prescription diet. Physical activity was recorded using the physical activity recall questionnaire. Results: Completion rates at 1 year were 61% for the PP group and 58% for the PO group. Mean weight losses at 12 months using last observation carried forward were 4.7% (PP) and 5.2% (PO). Mean weight loss among the dogs was 15

Date 2006
Publication Title Obesity Research
Volume 14
Issue 10
Pages 1762-1770
ISBN/ISSN 1930-7381
DOI 10.1038/oby.2006.203
Author Address Wellness Institute, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 150 East Huron, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611,
Additional Language English
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  1. Diseases
  2. Exercise
  3. Fat
  4. Humans
  5. Mammals
  6. Nutritional disorders
  7. obesity
  8. Overweight
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. physical activity
  12. Primates
  13. Public health
  1. peer-reviewed