Being overweight or obese can have a serious impact on health. Carrying extra fat leads to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon). These conditions cause premature death and substantial disability.
Everyone knows Americans arefat and getting fatter, and everyone thinks they know why: more eating and less moving.
But the big two factors may not be the whole story. Consider this: Animals have been getting fatter too. TheNational Pet Obesity Survey recently reported that more than 50 percent of cats and dogs thats more than 80 million pets are overweight or obese. Pets have gotten so plump that theres now a National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. (It was Wednesday.) Lap dogs and comatose cats arent alone in the fat animal kingdom. Animals in strictly controlled research laboratories that have enforced the same diet and lifestyle for decades are also ballooning.
In 2010, an international team of scientists published findings that two dozen animal populations all cared for by or living near humans had been rapidly fattening in recent decades. Canaries in the Coal Mine, they titled the paper, and the canaries …
Every major system in your body feels the stress of excess weight. The heart is the most obvious victim — as cholesterol builds, blood pressure rises, and arteries get clogged. Also, the blood loses its ability to clot which increases stroke risk.