According to our friends at Veterinarian Technician, not only are people getting fatter, their pets are, too:
It is no secret that Americans have grown increasingly heavier, with the average body mass index increasing from about 25 in the early 1960’s to around 28 in 2002, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC considers adults with BMIs between 25 and 29.9 to be overweight. All races, genders, and even age groups have become increasingly heavier.
Unfortunately, the trend has also spread to the pet and animal population. With the bellies of animals expanding, so too is our understanding of the causes. To help, we have gathered the top 50 reads for understanding the animal obesity epidemic. They include causes, tips for spotting obese animals, and even how to keep your pet healthy.
They’ve compiled a list of 50 great sources for information on the subject of obesity in pets. The list includes many articles about why pets are getting fatter, as well as some great links about weight loss programs for pets, articles about diet and even a few blog links for photos of fat pets (a 44 lb. cat? Yikes!)