Dog Ownership & Physical Activity

A number of studies in the US, Australia, Canada, Japan and Sweden suggest that  getting a dog may be a good way to increase your physical activity and keep weight off. A study at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C. found that people who walk their dog regularly are more likely to have a lower body mass index while those who do not are three times as likely to be treated for diabetes. Researchers in the April 2008 issue of Health Promotion Journal of Australia reported that having a dog in the house significantly reduces the risk of childhood obesity. A University of Missouri study reports that not only do dogs motivate their owners to be more active and healthy, they tend to be better walking partners than humans! Dogs are loyal and always eager to exercise, while we humans may actually talk each other out of it. 


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