Obesity in Pets and Humans

According to the Centers for Disease Control, two out of three American adults are overweight or obese.1 Likewise, over 50% of dogs in the US were classified as too heavy by their vet.2 The good news is all of that can change because you and your pet are the perfect workout buddies. Here’s why.

1. Reduce Risk of Disease- Regular exercise keeps both you and your pet healthier and reduces the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and more.

2. Similar Pace and Speed- Most dogs’ natural speed is around a 15 to 17-minute per mile pace. This is a brisk walk for people and is one of the best walking speeds for helping you stay healthy.3

3. Social Creatures- For the most part, both dogs and humans like and need social interaction. Staying connected to the outside world proves to be physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy for both you can your pet.

4. Great Motivation- What greater motivation for staying fit than man’s best friend? Having your dog as your workout buddy will deepen your connection and help both you and your pet feel better.

So, grab your pup and start walking!


  1. Ham SA, Epping J. Dog walking and physical activity in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2006 Apr [date cited]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/
  1. Wolfsheimer KJ. Obesity. In: Ettigner SJ, Feldman EC, editors. Textbook of veterinary internal medicine. 5th edition. Philadelphia (PA): WB Saunders Company; 2000.
  2. U.S. Physical Activity Statistics: 1998 U.S. Physical Activity Statistics: Participation in Select Physical Activities [Internet]. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; [cited 2005 June 10]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/ stats/pasports.htm*.
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