Over­weight peo­ple more likely to have over­weight dogs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

Copenhagen: Over­weight peo­ple are more likely to have over­weight dogs, partly be­cause they are more likely to feed them treats, Dan­ish re­searchers said. The study by the Univer­sity of Copenhagen lends cre­dence to the say­ing “like owner, like dog”, the sci­en­tists wrote in ‘Pre­ven­tive Ve­teri­nary Medicine’.

“The preva­lence of heavy or obese dogs is more than twice as large among over­weight or obese own­ers (35%) than among own­ers who are slim or of a nor­mal weight (14%),” the re­searchers said.

Of the 268 dogs stud­ied, 20% were over­weight. Av­er­age-weight own­ers tend to use treats for train­ing pur­poses while over­weight own­ers pre­fer to pro­vide treats in con­vivial sit­u­a­tions, “for ex­am­ple, when a per­son is re­lax­ing on the couch and shares the last bites of a sand­wich or a cookie with their dog,” study au­thor Char­lotte Bjorn­vad said.

In de­vel­oped coun­tries, 34% to 59% of dogs are over­weight or obese, which can re­duce their life ex­pectancy and mo­bil­ity or cause di­a­betes and car­diac dis­ease just like in hu­mans, another in­ter­na­tional team of re­searchers found in 2016.

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Av­er­age-weight own­ers tend to use treats for train­ing pur­poses while over­weight own­ers pre­fer to pro­vide treats in con­vivial sit­u­a­tions, the study found

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