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.]