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  1. Owning the problem: media portrayals of overweight dogs and the shared determinants of the health of human and companion animal populations

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    | Contributor(s):: Degeling, C., Rock, M.

    Weight-related health problems have become a common topic in Western mass media. News-coverage has also extended to overweight pets, particularly since 2003 when the U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced that obesity was also afflicting co-habiting companion animals in record numbers. To...

  2. Back to the dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Tatschl, C., Finsterer, J., Stollberger, C.

  3. Is dog ownership or dog walking associated with weight status in children and their parents?

    | Contributor(s):: Timperio, A., Salmon, J., Chu, B., Andrianopoulos, N.

  4. Physical activity, weight status, and neighborhood characteristics of dog walkers

    | Contributor(s):: Coleman, K. J., Rosenberg, D. E., Conway, T. L., Sallis, J. F., Saelens, B. E., Frank, L. D., Cain, K.

  5. Companion dogs as weight loss partners

    | Contributor(s):: Kushner, R. F.

    This paper reviews the beneficial impact of companion dogs on social support and physical activity, and their role in obesity management.

  6. Childhood obesity and human–animal interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Salmon, Jo, Timperio, Anna

  7. Education for change

    | Contributor(s):: Winne, M.

    The author uses two publications, Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe (Alesina and Glaeser) and Poetry magazine, to underscore the important role that educational institutions play in developing a person's political philosophy and imagination. European nations, for instance, have better...

  8. The fat of the land: linking American food overconsumption, obesity, and biodiversity loss

    | Contributor(s):: Cafaro, P. J., Primack, R. B., Zimdahl, R. L.

    Americans' excessive consumption of food harms their health and quality of life and also causes direct and indirect environmental degradation, through habitat loss and increased pollution from agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. We show here that reducing food consumption (and eating...

  9. Acculturation, obesity and eating disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Keski-Rahkonen, Anna

  10. 'Freedom from hunger' and preventing obesity: The animal welfare implications of reducing food quantity or quality

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  11. Childhood obesity and human

    | Contributor(s):: Salmon, Jo, Timperio, Anna

  12. Pet ownership to weight status: a path analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Kingsley Casey

    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...

  13. The art of private veterinary practice: seeing both sides of the problem

    | Contributor(s):: Milani, M.

  14. Pattern of diet and obesity in female adult pet dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Glickman, L. T., Sonnenschein, E. G., Glickman, N. W., Donoghue, S., Goldschmidt, M. H.

    A telephone questionnaire to the owners of 146 female adult dogs with breast cancer and 143 female dogs with other cancers that had participated in a larger epidemiological study was used to describe what dogs eat in terms of total energy intake; the percentage of calories derived from commercial...

  15. How can I find out about Walk a Hound events in my area?

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    I have heard there are organized programs where shelter pets and walkers are paired up so that they can exercise together. How do I find out whether there is one in my local area? Is there a...


  16. Childhood obesity and human

    | Contributor(s):: Salmon, Jo, Timperio, Anna

  17. The PPET study: people and pets exercising together

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    | Contributor(s):: Kushner, R. F., Blatner, D. J., Jewell, D. E., Rudloff, K.

    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...

  18. Animal welfare and the human-animal bond: considerations for veterinary faculty, students, and practitioners

    | Contributor(s):: Wensley, S. P.

    Consideration of the human-animal bond typically focuses on the benefits of companion animals to human health and well-being, but it is essential that in realizing these benefits the welfare needs of the animals, both physical and mental, are also met. Positive emotional relationships with...

  19. Uncertainties of nutrigenomics and their ethical meaning

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    | Contributor(s):: Korthals, M., Komduur, R.

    Again and again utopian hopes are connected with the life sciences (no hunger, health for everyone; life without diseases, longevity), but simultaneously serious research shows uncertain, incoherent, and ambivalent results. It is unrealistic to expect that these uncertainties will disappear. We...

  20. Feeding behaviour and daily energy expenditure of domesticated budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus): influence of type of housing and vertical position of the feeder

    | Contributor(s):: Schnegg, A., Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G., Keller, P., Visser, G. H., Steiger, A.

    Obesity is a common health problem in captive budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). The welfare of budgerigars would be increased in a housing system limiting obesity. The aim of this study was to measure the influence of 3 different housing types on feeding behaviour and energy balance....