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Old 12-05-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

Here (wfs) is a link to an article that states animals are getting fatter inexplicably. The researchers referenced offer light pollution, viruses, endocrine disruptors, and global warming as possible mechanisms.

Personally, I think it is the light pollution/sleep and endocrine disruptors that are the main culprit, but that's just a guess.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

Interesting article, but I think they are over thinking the issue. House pets are getting fatter because people don't exercise them and feed them crappy food.
Pretty much the same reason people are that way.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

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Interesting article, but I think they are over thinking the issue. House pets are getting fatter because people don't exercise them and feed them crappy food.
Pretty much the same reason people are that way.
Maybe, but that doesn't explain why animals in the wild or lab rats would be getting fatter.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

Lab rats are fed crappy grain fed stuff too so that's not really surprising.

My guess would be light pollution too. Disrupted circadian rhythm = lack of quality sleep = more stress = people/animals/etc. are fatter
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #5
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

pollution too

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Old 12-08-2010, 03:57 AM   #6
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

And it looks like some of the wild animals they were looking at are those that live off of our scraps. We eat crap, they eat crap.
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:53 AM   #7
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

Have you seen the classic Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man"? I think we're all being fattened up to end up as food. The title of this thread provided by the OP hit the nail on the head...I mean, EVERY living thing on this planet is getting fatter...how?

All of the denizens on Earth are plumping up like cattle when they were fed something other than grass...and why do we feed them stuff they wouldn't find in the wild?

Exactly. We're all going to end up on someone else's dinner plate.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:30 AM   #8
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

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Exactly. We're all going to end up on someone else's dinner plate.
You may be able to prolong your life, but it's not like you can escape your inevitable death, is it?
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:37 AM   #9
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Re: Why are pets/wild animals getting fatter?

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Have you seen the classic Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man"? I think we're all being fattened up to end up as food. The title of this thread provided by the OP hit the nail on the head...I mean, EVERY living thing on this planet is getting fatter...how?

All of the denizens on Earth are plumping up like cattle when they were fed something other than grass...and why do we feed them stuff they wouldn't find in the wild?

Exactly. We're all going to end up on someone else's dinner plate.


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Old 12-09-2010, 08:45 AM   #10
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You may be able to prolong your life, but it's not like you can escape your inevitable death, is it?
Unless the Paleo diet allows you to live long enough to reach the Technological Singularity!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity (WFS)

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