What Your Dog & Your Diabetic Uncle Have in Common

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from The Paleo Diet – Robb Wolf on Paleolithic nutrition, intermittent fasting, and fitness.

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It’s your family’s customary night out for dinner at your average chain restaurant. It’s a special occasion because your favorite uncle was able to make it, but your heart sinks with each labored step he makes toward your table. It wasn’t that long ago that you learned he has Type 2 Diabetes and it doesn’t appear his weight or health is improving.

As you navigate your trusted Paleo Dining Out Guide, you watch in horror at what he chooses to fuel his body with. Ultimately, you realize that you can’t force others to change and some people just don’t take as much of an interest in their health.

The next few days go by and you’re coming home feeling satisfied after a killer workout. You make your protein shake and prepare the most awesome Paleo dinner you’ve made in a while. Before you sit down to relish in your ultimate feat of healthiness you realize your dog has been scratching at his empty food bowl.

You reach into the closet and scoop out a heaping serving of kibble just as the image of your sick, overweight, and generally unhealthy uncle pops into your head. Uh ohh. It finally dawns on you… your dog isn’t’ all that different from your diabetic uncle after all.


In fact, the average dog today shares the same fate as the rest of our unhealthy westernized society.

Over half of the dogs in the US, at 55.6% or 43 million, are overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Of those numbers, 20% or 16 million are considered obese. Yes, OBESE DOGS. These days it’s as unlikely to find a well-muscled and trim dog as it to find a six-packed individual. The average family dog has a midsection that looks more like a sausage instead of a deep strong chest that tapers off to a slim waistline.

The canine health crisis doesn’t end there. The modern canine diet is at the root of the degenerative diseases they share with their two legged friends: diabetes, cancer, liver disease, heart disease, digestive troubles, reoccurring infections, and much more.

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