Chonky, fluffy, thicc: inside the internet’s obsession with fat cat on diets

More social media accounts are dedicating themselves to specific chonky the bag of cats and their weight-loss efforts

They’re chonky, they’re fluffy, they’re thicc and body pawsitive. They’re round sons, floofs and absolute units.

The new animal trend on the internet celebrates the rotund and plump, with social media users focusing on the adorableness of a cat’s rounded cheeks, a hamster’s many rolls, a dog’s rounded shape and a raccoon’s voluptuous volume.

The Instagram account Chonky Animals has more than 409,000 adherents while the Round Boys and Round Animals accounts top out at more than 455,000 and 487,000, respectively. The Facebook group, This Cat is Chonky, has more than 395,000 members and hundreds of new posts each day.

The trend creates concerns about overfeeding and maintaining a pet unhealthy for the sake of cuteness. While humans can decide if they are healthy at every sizing, animals cannot , nor do they have the ability to tell their owners if they need help. But it has also inspired a wholesome movement toward building sure these animals remain healthy, as well as cute. More and more accounts are now dedicating themselves to specific chonky cats- and their weight-loss efforts.

” A heavy cat is pretty adorable ,” said Mike Wilson, one of the owners of Bronson, a cat who was 33 pounds when he was adopted and is now 23 pounds, one year later.” A big cat on a diet is a guilt-free way to follow an obese cat .”

In addition to Bronson, who has more than 214,000 followers, there’s Bruno Bartlett, the gray polydactyl cat that likes to stand on his hind legs, and his brother, Carlo. On Facebook, Fat Laila’s efforts at fat camp are lovingly documented, as well as her missteps- when she snuck into the closet to steal treats one night.

” There’s a reason why the internet is so preoccupied with fat cats ,” said Lauren Paris, the owner of Bruno and Carlo. “They’re so cute.”

Paris felt drawn to Bruno when stories about a “thicc” cat up for adoption went viral last year. She and her friend wrote a song, Give Me That Fat Cat, ensuring not just the adoption, but Bruno’s Instagram stardom.

However, upon session him, she knew his claim to fame – his chub- could not stay.

” He was so adorable, but he was able to barely move ,” Paris said.” The shelter was doing the best they could do, but he lived in a room with other cats and he would just eat their food .”

Bronson
Bronson has now slimmed down to 23 pounds. Photograph: Courtesy of Mike Wilson

Because Bruno was already so public, his weight-loss journey became public as well. Paris posts when Bruno loses a pound, along with tongue-in-cheek hashtags such as” real cats have curves “. She posts pictures of him gazing longingly at human food, or meowing in the background to cooking bacon.

” I’m not going to lie, I think fat cats are cute, but not so cute that they shouldn’t be on a diet ,” Paris said.” Bruno, we look back at old videos of him and we guess,’ oh he’s so cute ,’ but he’s really cute now and he’s going to live a lot longer. That’s style better .”

Wilson and Bronson’s other owner, Megan Hanneman, felt the same way when it came to Bronson’s health. When they met him, he had to lie down to eat.” He merely was like a giant swollen ball ,” Wilson said.

” He was three years old and he weighed 33 pounds ,” Hanneman said.” The standard cat weighs like nine pounds, so he was about the dimensions of the three fairly big cats at three years old. He couldn’t move around .”

Bronson used to cry for more food before Wilson and Hanneman switched him to a wet diet that was less caloric but more filling. Even worse was when he would coax them awake for feedings.” At 3 in the morning, he’d come over and lay on us and purr in our faces ,” Hanneman said.

They enjoy posting about his weight-loss journey because cat weight loss is difficult. If cats lose weight too quickly, they can develop fatty liver disease, and typically sleep 18 hours a day and are hard to exercise, said Shari O’Neill, the chief shelter veterinarian at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Cat are also grazers, so it’s hard to measure out how much food they need to get through a day.

” It’s been a lot of fun sharing tips-off on losing weight and things we’re doing with Bronson, knowing that a lot of people have this issue with their cat, even if it’s not that extreme ,” Wilson said.

But as with anything on the internet, there are trolls. “We’ve seen it all,” Paris said.” We watch,’ You’re mistreat this cat ‘. We also ensure,’ I miss when Bruno was fat ‘.”

Some of the top regulations in the Facebook group, This Cat is Chonky, include no chonk-shaming , no owner-shaming and don’t do politics or medical advice.

” People watch a picture of a fat cat and they think we attained it fat ,” Paris said.” Or when we just started to show his weight-loss photos, people who don’t know anything about cats will say,’ Oh, he only lost two pounds? Well he should have lost more by now .”

She continued:” You don’t know why a cat is fat. You don’t know what diets ought to have tried. You don’t know if it has diabetes or not .”

In between cute pictures of Bronson and videos of his monthly weigh-ins, Wilson and Hanneman also post about adoptable cats around the country that are largely overweight, something Paris thinks is a much-needed effort.

” Something that’s good about this internet trend is that it does draw attention to these pets that would be passed by traditionally ,” she said.” All of these famous chonky cats came from shelters. I think that shines a really good light. Kittens are more likely to be adopted, but if these internet-famous chonky cats are more likely to get adult cats adopted, then we did our undertakings .”

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Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

The next time you’ve got something to complain about, consider the plight of the intestinal worm. It not only has to figure out how to eat and breed in the confines of another creature, it has to prevent that creature’s body from dissolving the parasite into a mist of cells. That means dodging the immune system and rednes, the body’s natural responses to invasion. Meaning, your late car payment ain’t got nothing on spending your entire life in an intestine.

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found that one nematode worm, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, appears to boost its odds of survival by dosing its rodent hosts with endocannabinoids, molecules that are known to reduce inflammation.( The cannabis plant, of course, creates cannabinoids as well .) All the while, the host is releasing its own endocannabinoids, seemingly to dull the ache of the worm’s infiltration, creating a doubled dose of painkillers in the mouse’s body.

It’s a hell of a finding for parasitology, and even more promising for the treatment of parasitic worms in humen. Because it turns out that the same genes regulate endocannabinoids in our invaders as in the worms that infect rodents–meaning they could be dosing us as well.

The endocannabinoid system is highly “conserved, ” meaning it evolved long, long ago before the ancestors of these worms and mouse ran their separate routes on the tree of the life. Science is just beginning to explore the system, but it appears to have many functions: It regulates appetite, mood, and memory and serves as the landing strip of kinds for molecules from the cannabis plant.

Now, a mouse loaded with Nippostrongylus brasiliensis is an unfortunate mouse indeed. The parasite gets in by burrowing through the skin, then riding in the bloodstream to the heart. From there it’s pumped to the lungs( the first stop for blood, since the body needs to oxygenate it ), where the worm grows and burrows into tissue, leading to inflammation and damage. The mouse will then cough up the worm and swallow it. The parasite travelings to the intestines, where it gnaws on tissue, breeds and releases its eggs to be pooped out and hatch into newborn worms and infect still more mice.

This is all, of course , not great for the mouse’s body. But the mouse is far from defenseless. “Endocannabinoids affect the immune system, they down-regulate inflammation, they improve feeding, and they can reduce pain, ” says UC Riverside immunologist Meera Nair. “That’s why cannabis is used to treat cancer.” By adding its own endocannabinoids to the mix, the worm may be further relieving pain and rednes. Both parties are doing what’s best for their survival, and just so happen to be using the same weapon. “I call it a local high, ” says Nair.

By using drugs to block the endocannabinoid pathways in mouse, the researchers were able to hobble the rodents’ defenses. Conversely, mouse with functioning endocannabinoid systems were healthier. “We insured that the mouse with higher endocannabinoids, we could predict that they would be better off in terms of having lower worm burdens and lower weight loss, ” says Nair. Endocannabinoids, after all, are also useful in that they promote feeding. Meaning, the rodents are both hampering the success of the worms and keeping themselves from wasting away as the worms feed. At the moment, though, the researchers can’t say if the worm’s own endocannabinoids are having an effect on feeding, or if that’s only a function of the mouse’s own response to infection.

Another unanswered question is what the endocannabinoids might be doing to the worm’s behavior. Scientists have shown that the same cannabinoids at play between Nippostrongylus brasiliensis and the mouse severely affect the behavior of C. elegans, a nonparasitic worm. Oddly, though, “when we treat them with cannabinoids, they stop feeding, ” says biologist Rick Komuniecki of the University of Toledo. “It’s not really paralysis, it’s what we bellow locomotory confusion. They exhibit this really Dazed and Confused phenotype. It’s Matthew McConaughey revisited.”( Ideally, for this research Komuniecki could use his “worm bong, ” a custom-made hookah that would made the worms with cooled cannabis smoke, but the drug is still illegal in Ohio. So he applies purified cannabinoids directly instead .)

The cannabinoids may make the worms stop feeding, but only temporarily. “We get thinking about the munchies, ” says Komuniecki. “When we take them off the cannabinoids, they start eating like crazy, which is essentially what happens when somebody smokes marijuana. They don’t necessarily get the munchies while they’re smoking, they get the munchies after they smoke.”

How this kind of behavioral modification might work between Nippostrongylus brasiliensis and the mouse, however, isn’t as clear. Again, C. elegans is nonparasitic, so it’s got a much different lifestyle. But the work on C. elegans shows that cannabinoids can have significant behavioral impacts on worms.

The same various kinds of chemical warfare between worm and host may be playing out in our bellies as well. It turns out that the parasitic hookworms and roundworms that infect us share the genes that govern endocannabinoids in Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. So there’s a solid opportunity that worms that land in our intestine are also dosing us with endocannabinoids, a finding that could be big for medication. “If we figure out what it’s doing in the worm, we can try to see whether we could target those pathways in the worms, and it could make a new generation of therapeutics to treat worm infections, ” says Nair.

Researchers are already studying something called helminthic therapy–using parasitic worms to potentially treat ailments like celiac disease–though the mechanism of action remains mysterious. But maybe the endocannabinoid system is playing a part? “This might be the missing link of how worms can reduce inflammation, ” says Nair. “It’s not the only pathway, but it might be one mechanism, and we could actually target that for therapeutics against inflammatory diseases.”

Cannabis itself may also be a useful therapy. The Aka people of the Congo Basin, for instance, seem to use cannabis to self-medicate against worms. “The people who smoked more pot had fewer worm onus, ” says Nair. The cannabis, then, may be boosting the protective immune response against the worms.

Oddly enough, University of New Mexico biologist Ben Hanelt also found this correlation among people living in the Lake Victoria Basin, but never published his findings. He was collecting stool samples in search of the eggs of parasitic worms. “There were some individuals that, when we got eggs from them, they absolutely never hatched, ” Hanelt says. He observed that the people with worm eggs that never hatched had something in common: They all smoked pot.

So it may well be that cannabis could supercharge the body’s own defenses against parasitic worms. “If you’re ever pulled over, ” Hanelt says, “you can just tell the cops:’ I’m self-medicating! ’” I’m sure that would stand up in court.”


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What Happens When you Drink Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey on an Empty Stomach in the Morning …

Did you know apple cider vinegar and honey are very powerful mending compounds? Turns out that if you ingest these in their raw, unprocessed form they can be very beneficial for your health.

But it also turns out that if you combine these two powerhouses together, the effects is greater! Not to mention the honey helps tremendously as far as taste runs!

If you have joint aches, inflammation, digestive issues or pain in your throat, then consuming apple vinegar and honey on an empty stomach can work wonders for relief.

The health benefits of a mix of apple cider vinegar and honey.

These are so effective due to their ability to protect our bodies against infection as well as treat a variety of conditions.

By consuming them together, you will get these benefits :

Improved health and removing the pain in the joints( good for arthritis pain)
Removing acid and eases heartburn
Improves digestive health, effective against constipation
Decreases cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure
Weight loss
Eases sore throat
Boost of energy
Younger appear and improved skin health
Fights against bad breath
Diminishing inflammation

Why is it so successful combination ?

Basically the chemical composition and the interaction which it has with the human body builds the effect so powerful. We tend to get ill when our body experiences a rapid increase of acidity.

Vinegar becomes alkaline once ingested and the honey, with a very low pH level, increases this alkaline country after consumption.

So you not only balance out your pH but you also turn your body into a fully alkaline organism. You body becomes acidic from consuming processed foods and unhealthy beverages combined with life stresses.

Our pH is ideal when its at 7.0 to 7.4, attaining the body slightly alkaline.

How to make a mending potion of apple cider vinegar and honey.

Heres the key to this recipe that you need to remember: the ingredients need to be unfiltered and in raw kinds. In other words, processed honey and apple vinegar are not going to work for gaining all the possible health benefits.

Mix together :

1 teaspoon of raw honey
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar( you can use 1 tablespoon if you can bear the taste)
1 cup of hot water

This is going to taste strong. Some will find it hard to get down. But the results you experience will far outweigh the taste concerns. Once you feel these results, youll stick to this concoction without complaint.

When you should drink it ?

In the morning, on an empty stomach is the best time to take this. Usually 20 -3 0 minutes before breakfast is ideal. Everyday intake should be had, though some recommend 2-3 times throughout the day. This is going to depend on your needs and taste tolerance.

Be recognizing also that higher intakes of apple vinegar can lead to lower potassium levels and a reduction in bone density.

Vinegar can have effects when it is combined with laxatives, diuretics, diabetes medicine and other drugs, so its always best to consult your doctor to be sure, especially if you are using this as an everyday treatment.

Share this with all your friends and family as you might help person in need!

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