OBESITY IN PETS MIRRORS OBESITY IN HUMANS


Original post: November 24, 2010





As our pets are brought more intimately into the family setting they begin to adopt our lifestyles and with this our lifestyle-related ailments. Statistics indicate that as much as 25-30% of North Americans are obese and our pets are merging right into that range.


Fit animals can live as much as 20% longer than fat animals. This translates into as much as 3 years more for some breeds. Fat animals live lower quality lives that tend to be shorter.


Fatness increases the risk and intensity of diabetes, chronic inflammation, premature aging and veterinary visits and bills. Fatness lowers life quality. Fitness improves life quality. The incremental physical strain on organs and joints caused by the extra weight is compounded by the metabolic strain that obesity causes.


The most common cause of obesity is over feeding, under-exercise, poor food quality or all combined. Grain-rich foods are not tolerated well by most animals contributing to insulin inefficiency and this can start the metabolic problem (insulin resistance) that leads to fatness and diabetes. Grain-free foods are less likely to contribute to obesity and are required as part of the treatment. Few cases are actually caused by thyroid and other hormone imbalances.


Vulnerable breeds: Basset Hounds, Beagles, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs

Solution to fatness:


FOOD: Improve nutrient density and avoid unnecessary calories.

This requires careful evaluation of food sources to eliminate grain and maximize whole meat sources on the ingredient list. Changing to a properly balanced raw food often serves well.


SUPPLEMENTATION: BioFATS and BioVITES: Supplementing a food with essential fatty acids helps jumpstart metabolism. Adding vitamin, mineral supplements to the meal improves nutrient density and helps control satiety and appetite. This also generally improves energy availability to support spontaneous physical activity and planned exercise.


BioSLIM: If fatness has been long lasting, metabolic problems begin to develop (insulin resistance, thyroid deficiency, thermogenic shut down) to make fat stick to the body and make for difficulty in shedding the extra pounds. BioSLIM is designed to jumpstart these natural fat-regulating mechanisms to help restore metabolic efficiency and spontaneous fat management.


EXERCISE: Engaging in regular exercise with your pet such as variable terrain walks is critical to both the health of the guardian and the pet. Variable terrain walks that also incorporate variable paces make as resistance training to help build and maintain muscle. Muscle is metabolically active and supports healthy body fat proportions. Exercise also improves insulin efficiency to help restore metabolic health. Regular exercise also provides the more obvious energy balancing benefit to `burn off` unwanted fat calories.


As our pets are brought more intimately into the family setting they begin to adopt our lifestyles and with this our lifestyle-related ailments. Statistics indicate that as much as 25-30% of North Americans are obese and our pets are merging right into that range.Fit animals can live as much as 20% longer than fat animals. This translates into as much as 3 years more for some breeds. Fat animals live lower quality lives that tend to be shorter. Fatness increases the risk and intensity of diabetes, chronic inflammation, premature aging and veterinary visits and bills. Fatness lowers life quality. Fitness improves life quality. The incremental physical strain on organs and joints caused by the extra weight is compounded by the metabolic strain that obesity causes. The most common cause of obesity is over feeding, under-exercise, poor food quality or all combined. Grain-rich foods are not tolerated well by most animals contributing to insulin inefficiency and this can start the metabolic problem (insulin resistance) that leads to fatness and diabetes. Grain-free foods are less likely to contribute to obesity and are required as part of the treatment. Few cases are actually caused by thyroid and other hormone imbalances. Vulnerable breeds: Basset Hounds, Beagles, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs Solution to fatness: FOOD: Improve nutrient density and avoid unnecessary calories. This requires careful evaluation of food sources to eliminate grain and maximize whole meat sources on the ingredient list. Changing to a properly balanced raw food often serves well.


SUPPLEMENTATION: BioFATS and BioVITES: Supplementing a food with essential fatty acids helps jumpstart metabolism. Adding vitamin, mineral supplements to the meal improves nutrient density and helps control satiety and appetite. This also generally improves energy availability to support spontaneous physical activity and planned exercise.


BioSLIM: If fatness has been long lasting, metabolic problems begin to develop (insulin resistance, thyroid deficiency, thermogenic shut down) to make fat stick to the body and make for difficulty in shedding the extra pounds. BioSLIM is designed to jumpstart these natural fat-regulating mechanisms to help restore metabolic efficiency and spontaneous fat management.


EXERCISE: Engaging in regular exercise with your pet such as variable terrain walks is critical to both the health of the guardian and the pet. Variable terrain walks that also incorporate variable paces make as resistance training to help build and maintain muscle. Muscle is metabolically active and supports healthy body fat proportions. Exercise also improves insulin efficiency to help restore metabolic health. Regular exercise also provides the more obvious energy balancing benefit to `burn off` unwanted fat calories.

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