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The Family Dog Helps Control Childhood Obesity

Dogs Take a Bite Out of Childhood Obesity

We all know that having a dog is good for an adult's overall health, but did you know that it's also good for kids?

Recent research has found that children who play with a family dog have been found to be up to 50 percent less likely to be overweight or obese than those who do not. Unlike adults, children do not even need to walk dogs. Just the mere act of playing with them can help children maintain a healthy weight. If you have a dog, encourage your kids to turn off the TV and play with him more. As a result, the dog will be happier and so will your kids. If you don't have kids, your dog loves to play and it's certainly not going to hurt your waistline to play with your pup a little more.

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swati05 swati05 8 years
I think parents can take the kids to walk and play to get them active. You don't generally need a pet to be active and healthy
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i've learned that my brother who's an adult gets a lot more exercise now that he takes care of my dog - so i can really understand where this comes from. you'd be surprised by how much just a few walks a day can make that much difference in yourself.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
That's an easy conclusion! Pets are great physically and mentally for children.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
awww, when (if :pray:) I have kids, I will definitely encourage them to play with their puppies!
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