Fat Kids Love Dogs

Big boned study participant seen exercisingToday’s story isn’t so much about animals, but to the extent that humans will go to use them in order to further their own agendas.

I used to love exercise. I couldn’t get enough of it so I was forced to escape my captors, errr parents, to get my fill. These days my needs are fulfilled by sauntering over to my food bowl, chief head scratcher or the family car. Even if I make it to the SUV, I wait for my father to lift me up and put me in. I figure there’s no reason to jump since I’m lazy.

Also lazy are a bunch of filthy little animals, sometimes known as children, inhabiting this world. Particularly in the UK. BBC News has the latest story on their creative ways to seek a sedentary lifestyle.

Children taking part in a study to measure how much exercise they do fooled researchers by attaching their pedometers to their pet dogs.

About 200 children in east London were given pedometers to automatically count how many steps they walked and ran.

Mile End Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine was surprised by the activity levels recorded in some obese children.

Professor Nicola Maffulli said: “Then we realised they were attaching the pedometers to their dogs’ collars.”

‘Extremely active’

The pilot study in Whitechapel required 11 and 12-year-olds to clip a pedometer to their waists, with researchers at the centre collecting the readings by satellite.

“But after a week we found there were some kids who were extremely active but still obese,” said Professor Maffulli.

It was “not unheard of” for participants in previous studies to manipulate the readings of pedometers, he added.

Researchers plan to extend the study to include more children in the borough.

That’s great news for dogs looking for exercise. Not so much for those of us in our golden years.


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