U.K. study links dog ownership to lower risk of childhood obesity

09/22/2010 | BBC

U.K. researchers examined the activity levels of more than 2,000 British children ages 9 and 10, and found that those belonging to households that own dogs were more physically active compared with those from homes without dogs. The researchers concluded that owning a dog might improve children's activity levels, which in turn could help reduce their tendency to become obese.

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