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The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets: Evidence and case studies

By Rebecca A Johnson (editor), Alan M. Beck (editor), Sandra McCune (editor)

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Abstract

Obesity is at epidemic levels worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018 the cost of treating weight-related illnesses will double to almost $350 billion a year. A 2010 report by the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that two-thirds of American adults and almost one in three children are now overweight or obese. Similar statistics emphasize the staggering problem in other industrialized countries.

This volume originated in a special 2009 symposium funded in part by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) and sponsorship from Mars-Waltham© on how human-animal interaction may help fight obesity across the lifespan. It provides systematic presentation of the scientific evidence for this powerful expression of the benefits of the human-animal bond.

The volume will be especially valuable as a sourcebook of evidence-based studies for public health professionals treating overweight humans and veterinarians treating obese dogs.

Date 2011
Pages 215
Series Title New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
ISBN/ISSN 978-1-55753-582-5
Publisher Purdue University Press
Language English
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  • Rebecca A Johnson; Alan M. Beck; Sandra McCune (2011), "The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets: Evidence and case studies," https://habricentral.org/resources/260.

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