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Marni Soupcoff


The Week in Review: Everything I Need to Know About Weight Loss I Learned From a Cat

Posted: 01/19/2013 10:18 am

This week, with the New Year in full swing, attention focused on that familiar January preoccupation: losing weight. Shedding excess pounds can certainly be healthy. Tiny, the obese New Brunswick cat who made headlines for weighing in at over 30 pounds last year, is a good example. After being put on a moderate diet and getting at least 15 minutes of exercise a day, Tiny lost almost half his body weight, cutting his risks for high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. The trouble is, in our zeal for fighting obesity, we sometimes end up taking a punitive stand that does more to marginalize and harm people who are overweight than it does to actually help them get healthier. On the blog this week, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff highlighted these concerns when he pointed to studies showing that the popular TV show The Biggest Loser increases hateful weight bias and sets its participants up for long-term failure by decimating their metabolisms through its punishing diet and exercise regimen. How about taking our cues from Tiny, instead, and keeping the weight loss theme focused on small consistent steps that lead to big results? And how about remembering that we loved Tiny every bit as much when he was a fat cat as we do now? We just wanted to spare him extra trips to the vet.

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  • Arrival, Dec. 2011

    This is how Tiny arrived at the Fredericton SPCA — dwarfing normal-sized cat Rapunzel in a cardboard box.

  • This is Tiny shortly after arriving at the Fredericton SPCA. He weighed 30 pounds and 2 ounces when he first arrived.

  • At this size, Tiny wasn't able to fit in a cage, so this is how he hung out at the SPCA's office.

  • Jan. 13, 2012

    More to love? Tiny quickly became a viral sensation, capturing the hearts of Canadians. Here, Tiny is interviewed by CTV's Nick Moore.

  • January 24, 2012

    At first Tiny was losing weight too fast from not eating at all. But after <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217850228335700&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198287&type=3&theater">getting into a loving foster home</a>, Tiny started losing at a steady, healthy rate.

  • January 24, 2012

    Playtime is a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=124683610985696&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198287&type=3&theater">great form of kitty exercise</a>.

  • January 26, 2012

    The bow ties begin! This is Tiny <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=125949014192489&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198284&type=3&theater">looking spiffy for a media interview</a>.

  • February 7, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217841705003219&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198277&type=3&theater">Progress!</a>

  • Valentine's Day, 2012

    Tiny scored <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=142038999250157&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198277&type=3&theater">a long distance date with Valentine</a>, a cat at the Edmonton Humane Society.

  • April 3, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=173550282765695&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198256&type=3&theater">Looking good, Tiny.</a>

  • May 28, 2012

    New Brunswickers just can't get enough of this cat. Here, Tiny <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=212996865487703&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198248&type=3&theater">visits a local senior's residence.</a>

  • June 2, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=215911635196226&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198245&type=3&theater">Tiny at the Chickadee Cat Club Show.</a>

  • June 2, 2012

    The fund begins! To help raise money for Tiny's care and the Fredericton SPCA, 'Tiny's Ties' are introduced.

  • June 6, 2012

    Tiny sporting a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=218242331629823&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198241&type=3&theater">Tiny's Ties tie.</a>

  • June 12, 2012

    Down nearly 9 pounds, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=221699084617481&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198236&type=3&theater">Tiny already looks like a much healthier cat.</a>

  • July 24, 2012

    Tiny gets a check-up. The Fredericton SPCA reminds cat owners that weight loss plans <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=239847032802686&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198170&type=3&theater">should be done with veterinary supervision. </a>

  • August 7, 2012

    Down about 10 pounds, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=244655562321833&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198167&type=3&theater">Tiny is more active than ever.</a>

  • August 24, 2012

    The bags represent how much Tiny has lost so far — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=247041875416535&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198164&type=3&theater">10 pounds and 16 ounces.</a>

  • October 11, 2012

    Tiny shows off a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267913846662671&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198155&type=3&theater">Halloween bow tie.</a>

  • November 27, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=286081421512580&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198152&type=3&theater">Getting close</a> to Tiny's weight loss goal.

  • December 15, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=292866044167451&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198149&type=3&theater">Merry Christmas, Tiny! </a>

  • January 8, 2013

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=304211389699583&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198141&type=3&theater">He did it!</a>

  • January 13, 2013

    Weight loss goal achieved, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=306192969501425&set=a.306189386168450.73036.112884748832249&type=3&theater">Tiny was adopted by his foster mom.</a>


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