Why Your Dog is Fat
6. “The reason your pet is fat is because you are too. I would never say that to someone in an exam room, but the fact of the matter is, if you have an owner who overeats and is inactive, they are very likely to have an obese pet.”—Oscar Chavez, DVM.
This could also go for children—though there are exceptions. My mother has kept about the same weight from high school—and she eats everything, but she’s also quite active.
But that’s a little too offensive, so let’s change the subject.
Because we wouldn’t want to think that our personal choices have any effect on anyone besides ourselves.
“It’s my choice to do what I want with my body—it isn’t anyone else’s business” —the defensive self-talk preferred by 3 out of 5 fat people.
Below is an excerpt from this.
Client: “But he only eats TWO cups of Beneful a day! It’s not my fault he’s fat!”
Dr. Sarcasm: “And how many treats and snack does he get a day?”
Client: “He only gets one dental bone, a couple of milk bones, some deli meat, some peanut butter and a couple of handfuls of cheerios. Oh and he licks my ice cream bowl when I’m done eating.”
That’s the same line of reasoning I hear/observe from fat people:
- the person who has the daily 24 oz caramel, mocha latte with whip cream but NONFAT MILK (saw this all the time as a barista)
- someone having heart palpitations after swallowing a pizza —but washing away all of those sins with a DIET COKE
- or, my personal excuse, skipping dessert to show discipline—when I was really stuffed from my thiiird helping.
“I don’t understand why I’m fat. I only eat egg whites.”
Is that before or after you shoot sausage links directly into your veins?
“But I had broccoli at dinner!”
Covered in Velveeta.
“But I went for a jog yesterday!!!!”
After the ice cream truck.
Let’s “CSI” this mystery. It’s pretty easy to figure out what you’re putting in your body.
Logging food is like keeping a receipt of the food you eat. And stepping on the scale is like tax time. The IRS will get your ass if that math isn’t adding up.
If you haven’t drank the kool-aid yet (it’s sugar free), do it.
Yes, do it for you—but also for Fluffy and, if they are cool, your kids.