According to Reuters not a lot of people know Australia's obesity epidemic rivals that of the US. Nope, down-under isn't all sunshine and swimsuits, but who would have thought Aussie pets are getting portly too. James Grubel reports:
Obesity rates for Australians have doubled over the past 20 years, with 62 percent of men and 45 percent of women now deemed overweight or obese.
The same trend applies to household pets, with an increase in the number of overweight cats and dogs being dealt with by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and even one case of an obese pet mouse.
"It's a big problem, and quite reflective of what's happening in the human situation," said Mark Lawrie, the RSPCA's chief vet.
Coming soon...Eat to Live for Animals! Just kidding.