In simple words, obesity if the condition of being excessively overweight. It is driven by changes in hormones and metabolism. When it comes to humans, around 1.9 billion adults alone are effected worldwide, as well as 41 million toddlers. However, obesity doesn't only effect human beings, but it effects animals as well! In the United States alone, pet cats are found to be more overweight than pet dogs.
All across the world, around 22 to 44% pets are effected by obesity. Surprisingly, overfeeding is not the only cause of obesity. A study shows that even pets who aren't being overfed and are exercising well, are also developing obesity. In fact, in animals, obesity is not just limited to pets but it can also be found in domestic and wild animals. So what is the actual cause of this condition in pets?
Don't think it's not a big deal if your pet gains an extra pound. An extra pound for your pet is equivalent to many pounds for you. The breed of your pet, their body mass, as well as the type of food they eat- all are contributing factors. You'll be surprised to learn that 1 oz. of cheese for your cat can be equivalent to two donuts for you. Similarly, just 1 oz. of cheese for your dog can be equal to one small milkshake for you. This equivalency can be figured out keeping the breed and body mass of your pet in mind.
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The side effects of obesity in animals are as dangerous and similar to that in humans. It can lead to laziness, slow movement, respiratory diseases, diabetes, organ failure and of course, slowly succumbing to all these side effects can even lead to death. To keep your pet in shape and maintain a healthy weight, the right amount of exercise and food can do wonders.