Saturday, March 12, 2011

Animal obesity, the next big health crisis

The obesity epidemic appears to be expanding beyond humankind and into the animal kingdom, according to a new report out of the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). David Allison, the UAB researcher who led the study, discovered that animals in general have been getting progressively larger -- even in controlled settings -- which has led to more questions than answers as to why this phenomenon is occurring.

While poring over data on marmosets at the Wisconsin National Primate Researcher Center, Allison came to discover that this species of monkey has been gaining weight throughout the decades, even though nothing much has changed in terms of their rearing. In fact, one of the only significant changes was the marmosets' diet which, according to experts, should have caused the animals to lose weight, if anything. Read more...

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