As you may already know, May is National Pet Month in America while the UK celebrated its four-legged friends throughout April. Both Britain and the US are pet-loving nations, and that fact is borne out in some truly staggering statistics around pet ownership on both sides of the pond.
Data gathered by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) puts the UK’s pet population at 57 million in 2016, with an estimated 11 million homes (or 40%) owning at least one animal. In the age-old battle of dogs versus cats, the hounds come out on top - almost a quarter of those households (24%) are dog owners, beating cats into second place (17%). The rest of the pet preference landscape looks like this:
Statistics published in The Lancet medical journal earlier this month have shown that there are now more people who tip the scales as obese or overweight than those who can be described as clinically underweight. The figures, put together with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), reveal an alarming increase in obesity over the past forty years, with over 10% of men worldwide now classed as obese and one in seven women.
There are some lovely charts to be taken from all the figures swirling around The Lancet’s report. Firstly, some number-crunching to find the fattest countries on the planet yielded some surprising results. You could be forgiven for expecting the United States to be the chubbiest nation, but the home of the cheeseburger, hot dog and milkshake comes in quite a long way down the list with roughly a third (33%) of the population classed as dangerously overweight.