Consequently, health related medical issues such as diabetes and arthritis, even high blood pressure are cropping up as main concerns for pets.
Although the article points out that overfeeding is the main culprit, I tend to disagree. I believe it is a combination of stress and an imbalance of priorities.
Stress can cause you to eat emotionally. Eating emotionally usually means that you overeat. And, when pets see you eating, they want to eat. So, their owners give them more food, even table food so that their pets can join in on the stress related eating. Dogs especially have this "sixth sense" where they can pick up on their owner's emotional state...Wouldn't you agree?
An imbalance of priorities is a result of too much stress. Proper exercise, when it is a priority, helps you manage stress so that you will not eat when emotionally compromised.
The WSJ article basically states that the pets have become a reflection of their owners. I agree. So, what to do about pet obesity?
You need to take the lead and set the example for your pet. Manage your own stress and priorities by establishing an exercise regimen. Start out with simple walking, 30 minutes per day...Some people used to get a dog just so it would force them to take them for walks. That's a good thing!
Next, call me. I can help you get in the best shape possible so that you can keep up with your pets on those walks.
Don't let Fido, or you become another victim of the obesity crisis, give me a call and let's get to work building a new you.
Chill Out, ChillFit!