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The association between dog ownership or dog walking and fitness or weight status in childhood

Westgarth, C, Boddy, LM, Stratton, G, German, AJ, Gaskell, RM, Coyne, KP, Bundred, P, McCune, S and Dawson, S (2016) The association between dog ownership or dog walking and fitness or weight status in childhood. Pediatric Obesity, 12 (6). e51-e56. ISSN 2047-6310

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Abstract

Health benefits of dog walking are established in adults: dog owners are on average more physically active and those walking their dogs regularly have lower weight status than those who do not. However, there has been little research on children. A survey of pet ownership and involvement in dog walking was combined with fitness and weight status measurements of 1021 9-10 yrs old children, in the Liverpool SportsLinx study. We found little evidence to support that children who live with, or walk with, dogs, are any fitter or less likely to be obese than those who do not. This is an important finding as it suggests that the activity that children currently do with dogs is not sufficient enough to impact weight status or fitness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 11:19
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3953

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