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More overweight pet news

Another news story about America's pet obesity epidemic. Why report it? Because I've noticed that people who eat unhealthy diets or are mostly sedentary have overweight pets -- after all, the pet probably isn't getting much activity or the right kind of foods, either. So America's pet population probably mirrors the human population.

That, and the fact that many processed pet food products are loaded with grains and other nasty fillers. Does that impact pets the same way as humans? Dogs and cats are evolved to be carnivores, after all.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of American pets are overweight or obese.
Source: America’s Portly Pet Problem

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Fat Pets: Lab Animals and Pets Face Obesity Epidemic

This one may come as no surprise to some. Lab animals and pets are getting fatter along with humans!

Alla Katsnelson reports in Scientific American:

Animals in human care are fatter than they were 20 years ago.

By Alla Katsnelson

It's not just people that are getting fatter.

A statistical analysis of more than 20,000 animals suggests that the obesity epidemic is spreading to family pets, wild animals living in close proximity to humans, and animals housed in research centers--perhaps indicating that environmental factors beyond diet and exercise are at least partly to blame for expanding waistlines.

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Diabetes to double or triple by 2050: government report

Well, it looks as if the 'carbs are good for you, meat and fat are bad for you' party line's chickens are coming home to roost–and it's an impressive flock:

WASHINGTON | Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:38am EDT
(Reuters) - Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.

The numbers are certain to go up as the population gets older, but they will accelerate even more unless Americans change their behavior, the CDC said.

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Obesity on the rise, no end in sight (CDC)


Source: CDC

Well, the obesity train keeps on a-rollin'.

Obesity continues its rise unabated, and there's no end in sight. According to the CDC, 72.5 million adults are considered 'obese':

Over the past decade, obesity has become recognized as a national health threat and a major public health challenge. In 2007--2008, based on measured weights and heights (1), approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States were obese (CDC, unpublished data, 2010). Obese adults are at increased risk for many serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and premature death (2,3). Adult obesity also is associated with reduced quality of life, social stigmatization, and discrimination (2,3). From 1987 to 2001, diseases associated with obesity accounted for 27% of the increases in U.S. medical costs (4). For 2006, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at as much as $147 billion (2008 dollars); among all payers, obese persons had estimated medical costs that were $1,429 higher than persons of normal weight (5). In 2001, the Surgeon General called for strong public health action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity (3).

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In 2009, all states continued to have high prevalences of obesity among adults, although the prevalences varied geographically. No state met the Healthy People 2010 target of 15%, and the number of states with obesity prevalence of ≥30% increased from none in 2000 to nine in 2009. The results of this report also indicate that the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States, as measured by BRFSS, continued to increase. Using 2007 population data for both years, the increase of 1.1 percentage points from 2007 to 2009 corresponds to approximately 2.4 million additional adults whose self-reported heights and weights yielded a BMI of ≥30. Previously documented disparities in obesity prevalence continued by age, education, and race/ethnicity (6,7). Of particular concern are the high prevalences among non-Hispanic black women and persons with less education.
Vital Signs: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults --- United States, 2009

The method used to determine obesity appears to be the flawed Basal Metabolic Index (BMI) (more on the BMI flaws here).

On the flip side, the survey's "BMI was calculated from self-reported weight and height". Do people provide honest weight numbers when the report their weights, even if anonymously? Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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