Want to keep your kids from falling victim to the obesity crisis? Australian researchers say get a dog.
The study of more than 1,100 kids ages 5 to 12 showed kids with a friendly Fido in the house were in better shape – even if they weren’t walking the pooch on a regular basis. If the dogs were anything like mine, it might have more to do with the amount the dog’s stealing from their plate. Just saying – my dog gained 11 pounds in the year after my daughter started solids.
On a more serious note, pets have long been touted as good for kids, boosting self esteem, helping kids learn discipline and responsibility and even lowering kids risk of developing allergies down the line. Put each of those benefits together, and it would make sense that kids who have a four-legged friend have a healthier outlook on life – which usually translates to overall health. Then add in the exercise of chasing the dog to rescue all that stolen food, and that’s one canine who’s earning his keep.
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