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How Obesity Affects The INSIDE Of A Child's Body

Filed under: HealthBodyObese

It's no secret that childhood obesity is one of the biggest health problems growing in the United States.

While it's obvious what all that weight does to the outside of a child's body, it's not always apparent how it is affecting the INSIDE of the body. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta took one 250 pound 12-year-old boy to the hospital to show him just that and the health risks he is facing at such a young age are shocking, to say the least.

Check out the video above to see how obesity affects more than just appearances and why it's so important for parents to encourage their kids to lead healthier lives.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic Rising In Central America

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This is scary!

A mysterious disease has become an epidemic in Central America after killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000!

Health officials are stumped as to why so many are dying and being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at dramatically higher rates than any other country in the world.

There are two theories that may explain why so many people in the region are being affected. Many are blaming

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Epileptic Turtle Gets A Brain Scan

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This is the most adorable thing to happen in a lab!

British scientists are sparing no expense to treat a very special patient with epilepsy: A 154-pound turtle named Snorkel.

The loggerhead turtle has had many health problems, including epilepsy for the past 11 years.

She has been at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and, according to the Sun, worried keepers recently went to the unusual expense of getting her an MRI scan on a machine usually used for obese people to see if she has a brain tumor. LOLZ!

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Fit or Fat: What's Your Pet’s Body Condition Score?

Filed under: Exclusives!HealthPetsTipsDr. Patrick Mahaney

Teddy Hilton's Dr. Patrick

How can you tell if your dog or cat is too fat?

The scale only provides a number, which cannot reasonably give an accurate estimate of your pet’s health regarding their weight. Therefore, it is best to evaluate your pet’s body condition score (BCS).

The ideal BCS is 5 out of 9. The extreme obesity and a serious candidate for The Biggest Loser Pet Edition is 9 out of 9.

Place your hands onto your pet’s ribs. Can you feel the individual ribs and the spaces in between?

Stand your pet up onto all four feet and carefully observe them from above and from the side. Does your pet’s abdomen (“stomach”) stick out beyond their ribcage (from above view) or swing pendulously down towards the ground (from side view)?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then your pet is too fat and has a BCS between 6 and 9.

Pets carrying excessive weight are more likely to develop arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, constipation, and other health problems.

Schedule an examination with your veterinarian to address your pet’s excessive BCS and establish a healthy weight loss plan.

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New Year's Resolution: Help Your Pets Lose Weight!

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Help your pet lose weight in the new year

Just like obesity is a huge problem for humans (no pun intended!), it's also a problem for animals.

Dogs and cats suffer from the same health problems people do with excess weight such as arthritis, diabetes, heart problems - all which could lead to a shorter life span.

While many of us this year (like every year since the dawn of time) are making a resolution to drop the carbs and hit the gym, but maybe it's time for your pet to do the same.

The Vinton Veterinary Hospital in Virginia is doing something about animal obesity and is sponsoring a Biggest Loser for pets.

Pets return every two weeks to be weighed and to chart progress. The pet that loses the most weight by percentage by April 1st wins a slew of healthy pet food and other prizes!

Of course, not everybody can get in on this event, but maybe check for similar local events or AT LEAST talk to your vet about slimming down your pet.

Maybe start working out with your pet, soboth of you can lose weight.

On behalf of Teddy, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the pets and pet lovers out there!

[Image via AP Images.]

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