Pets Reflect their Keepers

The keepers:

The 2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that nearly two-thirds of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, and more than 30 percent are obese.

The pets:

The report, from the National Research Council, finds that one-quarter of the dogs and cats in the western world are obese.

Come on folks, lets take those pets with you on those long walks.
And you cat owners should pay particular attention to this:

The report notes that in the wild, cats will catch and eat eight to 12 small animals or birds every day.
Feeding of cats should reflect this — with 12 to 20 very small meals being offered through the day, the report says.

So much for filling the bowl and leaving kitty home alone all day.