Leveraging behavioural science to address pet obesity
Contributor(s):: Webb, T.
Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
New studies show how dogs impact the weight and activity levels of kids.
Jog with your dog: dog owner exercise routines predict dog exercise routines and perception of ideal body weight
| Contributor(s):: Banton, S., Massow, M. von, Pezzali, J. G., Verbrugghe, A., Shoveller, A. K.
Canine obesity is becoming an increasingly prevalent concern among companion animal veterinarians and professionals alike. A number of sociodemographic, dietary, and exercise related variables have been shown to be predictive of a dog's bodyweight, however, all previous surveys designed to...
Potential Owner-Related Risk Factors That May Contribute to Obesity in Companion Dogs in Aotearoa New Zealand
| Contributor(s):: Forrest, Rachel, Awawdeh, Leena, Esam, Fiona, Pearson, Maria, Waran, Natalie
Approximately a third of all Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) households include a dog, with 28% of these dogs being overweight or obese, conditions that are associated with many serious health issues. Therefore, healthy weight interventions that focus on the owner’s role are of great importance...
Diagnostic Criteria for Obesity Disease in Cats
| Contributor(s):: Yuki Okada, Hiromichi Ueno, Takayuki Mizorogi, Kenji Ohara, Koh Kawasumi, Toshiro Arai
Accumulated visceral and subcutaneous fat masses were measured with computed tomography (CT) in cats with various body condition scores (BCS) from 5/9 to 9/9. BCS does not always reflect visceral fat accumulation which induces pro-inflammatory reactions. Obese cats with accumulated visceral...
Why isn't the weight coming off? Creative strategies for weight loss
| Contributor(s):: Linder, D. E.
Owner and Cat-Related Risk Factors for Feline Overweight or Obesity
| Contributor(s):: Meredith Wall, Nick John Cave, Emilie Vallee
Feline obesity is a highly prevalent disease that poses an urgent and serious challenge. Attempted treatment by weight reduction is often unsuccessful; a new preventative approach that focuses on the role of the owner may be helpful. This study used data collected from an international survey...
A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children
| Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder
Association between Pet Ownership and Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
| Contributor(s):: Miyake, K., Kito, K., Kotemori, A., Sasaki, K., Yamamoto, J., Otagiri, Y., Nagasawa, M., Kuze-Arata, S., Mogi, K., Kikusui, T., Ishihara, J.
Obesity is a major risk factor for lifestyle-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. Several studies have investigated the association between pet ownership and obesity, but the findings have been inconsistent. This systematic literature review and...
Reply to the Comment from Watson, K.M. "Letter to the Editor Re: Kipperman, B.S. and German, A.J. Animals 2018, 8, 143" Animals 2018, 8, 179
| Contributor(s):: Barry S. Kipperman, Alexander J. German
Letter to the Editor Re: Kipperman, B.S. and German, A.J. Animals 2018, 8, 143
| Contributor(s):: Katharine M. Watson
A recent opinion paper by Kipperman and German (2018) discussed the increasing prevalence of pet obesity, the risk factors contributing to this increase, and the role of veterinarians in helping manage pet obesity. They described the problem as a One Health problem as it has been previously...
The Responsibility of Veterinarians to Address Companion Animal Obesity
Obesity is a modern-day epidemic in both people and companion animals. A summary of the current research on the causes, risk factors, consequences, and implications of overweight and obesity, and the compliance of small-animal practitioners in recognizing and addressing pet obesity, is...
Leaner, Healthier, Happier Together––A Family-Centred Approach to Weight Loss with the Overweight Dog and Her Caregivers
| Contributor(s):: Alessia Candellone, David Morgan, Simona Buttignol, Giorgia Meineri
Obesity represents a one of the most significant healthcare issues facing human and companion animal populations worldwide. A complex relationship commonly exists between owners and their companion animal, particularly around feeding behaviour. Obese companion animals commonly live alongside...
Dog walking among adolescents: Correlates and contribution to physical activity.
| Contributor(s):: Jessa K. Engelberg, Jordan A. Carlson, Terry L. Conway, Kelli L. Cain, Brian E. Saelens
PURPOSE: To assess the association of dog walking with adolescents' moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and body mass index (BMI), and identify correlates of dog walking. METHODS/DESIGN: Participants were 12-17year-olds (n=925) from the Baltimore, MD and Seattle, WA regions....
Using research on self-regulation to understand and tackle the challenges that owners face helping their (overweight) dogs lose weight
| Contributor(s):: Webb, T. L., Krasuska, M., Toth, Z., du Plessis, H. R., Colliard, L.
Dog attachment and perceived social support in overweight/obese and healthy weight children
| Contributor(s):: Deborah E. Linder, Jennifer M. Sacheck, Farzad Noubary, Miriam E. Nelson, Lisa M. Freeman
The development of effective and sustainable interventions to treat childhood obesity remains both a priority and a challenge. Previous studies support that dogs provide social support in overweight adults in obesity interventions, but the child-dog relationship is not as well understood. The...
Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States
| Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander
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...
Demographic Change Across the Lifespan of Pet Dogs and Their Impact on Health Status
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| Contributor(s):: Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Boglárka Erdélyi-Belle, Enikö Kubinyi
Although dogs' life expectancies are six to twelve times shorter than that of humans, the demographics (e. g., living conditions) of dogs can still change considerably with aging, similarly to humans. Despite the fact that the dog is a particularly good model for human healthspan, and the...
Prevalence of Canine Obesity, Obesity-Related Metabolic Dysfunction, and Relationship with Owner Obesity in an Obesogenic Region of Spain
| Contributor(s):: J. Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Inmaculada Bautista-Castaño, Cristina Peña, Lourdes Suárez, M. Candelaria Juste, Asta Tvarijonaviciute
The main objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of canine obesity and obesity-related metabolic dysfunction (ORMD) in the obesogenic area in Spain. The prevalence of overweight/obesity among owners of obese pets was also evaluated. In the sample population studied (93 client-owned...
Feline Obesity in Veterinary Medicine: Insights from a Thematic Analysis of Communication in Practice
| Contributor(s):: Alexandra M. Phillips, Jason B. Coe, Melanie J. Rock, Cindy L. Adams
Feline obesity has become a common disease and important animal welfare issue. Little is known about how, or how often, veterinarians and feline-owning clients are addressing obesity during clinical appointments. The purpose of this qualitative study was to characterize verbal and non-verbal...