Dog ownership is common in many of our patients' households. Domestic dogs promote a sense of well-being and contribute toward improved health. Family dogs have also been shown to provide social support and increased opportunities for recreational walking. Given the importance of social support and physical activity in weight loss, "Do you own a dog?" or "Have you considered buying a dog?" should be included in the medical history for our overweight and obese patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Nutrition and Dietetics