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Overseas Health Insurance News: Dogs 'can keep children healthy'

Expatriate international health insurance customers may wish to make sure their children exercise regularly and might buy a dog to assist in this.

"Families that have dogs are much fitter than those that don't", secretary of the Kennel Club Caroline Kisko declared.

Quite often, these households will go out together during the weekend to walk their pets due to time constraints during the weekdays, she noted.

The canine is a "great motivator" as it "needs exercise" and ensures people do not merely watch TV programmes when they have free time, the expert continued.

Research conducted by the organisation found parents often find it a struggle to convince their offspring to engage in physical activity, with television reportedly the biggest distraction, followed by video games and the internet.

A total of 30 per cent of young people fail to work out for at least half an hour every day, indicating that the obesity problem in the UK is not going to subside.

The long-term impact of this will be increased rates of diabetes, stroke, cancers, heart disease and "so many different illnesses", diet and fitness expert Rosemary Conley argued.

She noted statisticians expect 11 million people alive today to continue living past the age of 100 and stated that "keeping our weight down [and] keeping physically mobile and fit" will help these individuals retain their independence until their death.

"The long-term dangers of an inactive childhood are immense," the expert declared.

Owning a dog promotes regular brisk walks for 20 to 30 minutes, which could save people's lives and enable them to remain "fit and healthy" into old age, Ms Conley claimed.

Kennel club research found 86 per cent of dog owners claim the animal has resulted in their lifestyle becoming more active.

"The most important thing when exercising is to do something fun that you will stick to, so working out with your dog is an ideal solution," Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies said.

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