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According to an article in USA Today, health experts predict that obesity rates will increase to around 42% by 2030, up from 36% in 2010. That’s 32 million people! There’s also a prediction of the rate of severe obesity (more than 100 pounds overweight) to double from 5% to 11%. The article goes on to state the obvious toll on health, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases. The health care costs of treating obesity related diseases is atronomical – just to treat the additional 32 million people is about $550 billion more than what’s being spent now.
The same is true with your pets. According to Dr. Ernie Ward at the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of all dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Not only is this causing the same type of problems as with humans, but you’re spending much more money to care for your overweight pets. In 2011, the average cost for veterinary care for a diabetic dog or cat was more than $900. Also in 2011, pet insurance claims for diabetes jumped by 253 percent!
If you’re interested in learning how you can help your dog lose weight and get back into shape, email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org!
To read the entire USA Today article, click here.