Pet Dog Obesity Cure

by Alan Cooper

Why Fido really is your kid's best friend

Why Fido really is your kid's best friend

Having a pet dog lowers a child's risk of being obese, a new study has found. It was carried out by researchers from St George`s University, London and concluded that kids from families with a dog are more active and in better physical shape than those without.

The team, led by Dr Christopher Owen, senior lecturer in epidemiology at the university, used activity monitors to record movement levels of 2065 children ages 9 and 10 over a week.
They found that kids with dogs spent an average of 325 minutes (that's more than five hours) doing physical activity each day - 11 more minutes than kids without dogs.
"The more active lifestyles of children from dog-owning families are really interesting. However, long-term studies are needed to answer it, but it may be a bit of both," Owen said.
And it's not just good news for kids. The study found a similarly fat burning link between dogs and their adult owners.
I'll race you to the pet store!

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Aug 26, 2011
oh dear....
by: Anonymous

That's quite a big headline for such an insignificant figure. Kids with dogs do 11 minutes more activity a week than kids without dogs? that's 3.5% more activity than the 314 hours a week that kids without dogs manage. Any scientific study would render that as 'no significant difference'. If you want to lose weight, reduce carbohydrate intake and replace it with fat. Sounds crazy yes? Read Diet Delusion and you'll understand how we've been misled by Conventional Wisdom for years. Every wondered why you can't lose weight even though are are eating zero fat? Carbohydrates is turned into glucose when digested. It's pushed into the blood stream and is then stored in muscle and liver for later use as energy. The body doesn't have much room in muscle and liver (especially if you don't have big developed muscles) and so the rest is stored in FAT cells. Yes, FAT cells. Dietary fat does NOT take the same path through the body and is generally NOT stored in fat cells. I discovered this 2 months ago and now by diet is 60% fat, 30% protein, 10% carbs. I've lost 2 stone in 2 months and feel fitter and healthier than ever. My family have done the same with similar results. Wake up world, fat is your friend. Carbs are the killer. read Diet Delusion, Trick and Treat or a number of other amazing books that will change your life!

Sep 24, 2010
I'm buying a dog for my kids for Christmas!
by: Single Mum

My kids have wanted a dog for a while now. This has finally convinced me to get them one. They spend too much time in front of the TV, so maybe a dog will make them more active. If they lose some weight in the process, all the better.

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