Pet Fit Club, "Biggest Loser"-style Competition, Battles Pet ObesityPublished April 9, 2012
Is "The Biggest Loser", a television show that focuses on the weight loss aspirations for individuals, releasing an edition of the show for pets? Not quite, but one British charity interested in helping animals is riffing off the hit reality show, adopting their format for their own pet weight loss competition.
According to the New York Daily News, a charity called the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals is running a "Biggest Loser"-style weight loss competition titled the "Pet Fit Club". The aim of the competition is to help extremely overweight pets lose the weight they need in order to be deemed healthy again.
The finalists in this year's competition are dangerously overweight, far beyond the acceptable realm of being cute in a pleasantly plump kind of way. On the contrary, the pets involved have obesity issues that are hindering their quality of life. In a YouTube video put out by the charity that displays the finalists in the Pet Fit Club competition, viewers see how daily tasks, such as climbing a flight of stairs, become difficult and laborious.
So what will the Pet Fit Club entail? The competition will feature a six-month regimen of healthy eating and exercise for the pets, marked by periodic weigh-ins overseen by trained veterinary professionals. In addition to helping shape up these out of shape pets, the program will provide education and advice to owners, a crucial part of the Pet Fit Club since most pet obesity problems begin due to owner's not being informed.
While the competition is helping animals on an individual level, it is also raising awareness about the pet obesity epidemic on a macro scale. While the competition focuses mainly on how this epidemic is affecting the UK, it simultaneously works to raise awareness about an issue which has quickly become a global trend.
Watch the PDSA's YouTube video of its Pet Fit Club finalists below:
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