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Features September 2015 Issue

Can Dogs Help  Overweight Children  Reach Healthy Weight?

If Tufts researchers’ hunch is right, pet dogs will help children reach healthy weight

Can Dogs Help Overweight Children Reach Healthy Weight?

Tufts researchers look at the possibilities.

More than one in six children and adolescents in the United States — some 13 million kids — are obese, with many more not quite in that category but overweight nonetheless. At the same time, more than 43 million households in this country have pet dogs, many of whom crave more interaction with their human families and, most definitely, more physical activity with them. Hmm…

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