Over 1.9 billion human adults are overweight. Of these, more than 650 million are obese – that’s roughly 13% of the planet’s adult human population. The worldwide prevalence of obesity has almost tripled since 1975. And it’s not just us who are suffering from this problem.
According to RSPCA, the largest animal welfare charity in the UK, obesity is a serious issue in pets as well and it can take a huge toll on their health if we allow it. But if we help our critters to maintain a healthy diet and make sure they receive plenty of exercise, our critters can bounce back!
And probably no place celebrates these journeys more than r/dechonkers. The subreddit collects impressive before-and-after photos of animals who successfully got rid of their excess weight. Take a look!
#1 From 95 Grams To 80 Grams. Alexander Has Reached His Goal Chonk!
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#2 Phoebe’s Diet Is Going Well!
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#3 From Absolute Unit On The Brink Of Being Put Down Due To Health Issues, To A Smiling Boy
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#4 From Thicc To Stick: Massive Tuxie Loses 3 Kg/Half A Stone. More Pounds Have Rolled Since The Picture Was Taken (April 2019)
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#5 Jazzy Is Running & Jumping Just In Time For Her 10th Birthday Tomorrow! We Love You Jazzy! 16 Lbs To Go!
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#6 Kai Has Lost 100 Lbs Between 2018 And 2019, Goodest Of Boyes
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#7 My Mill Rescue Who Made It Full Circle. Now She’s Spayed And Well Muscled!
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#8 Bruno Gets Dechonkt
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#9 Buddy’s Epic Weight Loss! He Was Around 20kg, And Now He’s At 13kg
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#10 My Service Dog, Avalanche, Is Back To A Healthy Weight!
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#11 The Cutest Ex-Chonker
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#12 9 Months Progress – 8.2 -> 6.7 Kg!
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#13 It Took A Heafty Bribe, And Two Years, But My Cat Finally Lost The Weight!
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#14 Motivation: The Weight-Loss Journey Of Skinny The Cat. He Lost About 10 Kg In Total
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#15 My Cat Was 23lbs When We Adopted Him, Today He’s 12lbs And No Longer Diabetic!
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#16 One Of My Favorite Dechonks – Meet Bronson!
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#17 Chasing The Dog Chased Away The Chonk!!!!
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#18 Sookie Progress: 90% Dechonkified. Started Fostering Her 7 Months Ago After She Was Abandoned From A Puppy Mill Operation At 74lbs. We Adopted Her A Month Ago And Is Now At 48lbs!
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#19 One Year Of Dechonkification
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#20 I Got Darling Belle About Two Months Ago (On The Left) And Immediately Put Her On A Diet. Show Her Some Love As She Continues Her Dechonkin’ Journey!
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#21 Almost Three Years Of Dechonkin’
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#22 Another Dechonk – Barsik! He’s Gone From 41 Lbs To 27 Lbs
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#23 My Handsome Man 7 Months Ago And Today!
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#24 Was Told Ernie Would Be Appreciated Here
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#25 1 Year Apart
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#26 A Sad Update/Cautionary Tale. Some Of You Might Remember Molly, Who Came To Live With Me For A While To Lose Weight. Sadly Today At The Age Of 6, Molly Crossed Rainbow Bridge. Please Do Not Over Feed Your Pets, It Kills
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#27 Chonk To Dechonk: Gary’s Workout Plan… Food And Water On Separate Levels Of The House
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#28 Eli Lost A Whole Cat’s Worth Of Weight! From 23 Lbs Down To 13.8
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#29 My Reverse Chonk! He Stopped Eating Last Summer And Lost A Lot Of Weight, Turns Out Many Of His Teeth Were Bad And He Was In Too Much Pain To Eat. He Had Surgery In December And Has Been Putting On Weight Since! Vet Wants Him A Bit Chonky Since He’s A Senior And Prone To Being On The Lighter Side
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#30 From 55+ Lbs To 37ish Lbs. Trixie Has Dechonked
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#31 18 Pounds To A Healthy 11! Still Whines For Food Constantly
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#32 Even Though We Loved Our Chonker Girl, We Knew She’d Be Happier Healthy. After Starting Medication For Her Barbering, A Prescription Diet For Weight Loss, And A New Feeding Schedule, She’s A Chonker No More!
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#33 Bella Has Lost 9 Pounds And Is Very Close To Her Goal Weight. I’m Not Sure If She Looks Thinner But She Seems To Feel Better And Run Around More
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#34 Cooper One Year Apart, On His Way To Becoming A Fine Boi
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#35 Poor Bunny Was Overweight With The Wrong Hay, Too Many Treats And No Space For Exercise. Just A Couple Months Later And She’s Lost One Pound!
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#36 Trimspa, Baby!
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#37 Ripley 2 Years Ago vs. Ripley Today. When We Adopted Her She Was Over 17 Pounds. Now She’s Just A Bit Over 11 Pounds!
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#38 With Scheduled Feeding And Proper Portion Control, Tilly Is A Healthy Girl Again
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#39 From Fat Lucy To Fab Lucy! She Was Rescued Weighing 26lbs, But Now Is Back To A Healthy Weight!
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#40 A Year’s Worth Of Progress For Romeo. From Chonker To Fine Boi
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#41 We Just Hit Our End Of The Year Goal! My Lil Meatball Lost 20% Of Her Body Weight This Year. We Have Maybe One More Pound To Go
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#42 Shes Making Some Amazing Progress, I’d Say
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#43 Zita Has Been Dechonking Since March 2020. Check Out The Difference, October 2018 vs. Today! This Girl Is 13 Years Old And The Weight Loss Has Made Her Look And Play Like A Youngster Again 🙂 She Lost A Little Over 1.5kg, Most Of Her Bulk Is Loose Skin Now
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#44 16 And Going Strong!
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#45 Stan Has Successfully Dechonked At 10 Years Old! He’s Got A Long Life Ahead Of Him
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#46 Shiloh At ~25lbs vs. ~18lbs. He’s Got 3 More Pounds To Go Until He Reaches The Vet’s Goal Weight! He’s Definitely More Energetic And 110% Still A Good Boy
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#47 My Girl Is Down 1 1/2 Lbs
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#48 Since It Is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Here Is A Picture Of Katie’s Weightloss Progress. A Year Ago She Was 23 Pounds And As Off Today She Is Holding Steady At 15 Pounds!
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#49 After Switching His Food Up, Carl Has Lost Three Pounds!!
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#50 She’s Still Chonk But She Lost 4 Pounds
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#51 Not The Best Progress Pics But She Has Come A Long Way And I’m So Proud
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#52 Two Years And Five Pounds Later
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#53 2 Lbs Down, At Least One More To Go! My Big Girl Is Becoming A Little Lady
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#54 This Sub Has Been A Big Inspiration For Sushi. We’re Down 1.7 Lbs So Far From October!
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#55 Dechonk Champion At 10yrs Old (20.2lbs > 12.2lbs)
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#56 Swipe For Progress Pics. Jessie Was A Hekkin Chonk. We Are Very Proud Of Her!
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#57 Meet Gnocchi, About 6 Weeks Into The Dechonk, He Started Off At 20lbs. He’s Now On A Wet Food Diet
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#58 Picoro’s Dechonking
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#59 From Chonk To Slonk
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#60 Tanooki Is Basically A Kitten Again!
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#61 Dechonkification: Complete (This Is My Cat, Who Managed To Go From 20 To 14 Pounds In A Little Over A Year!)
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#62 Walter- 25.5 Pounds -> 20.0 Pounds. He’s Been Working On His Weight Loss For 4 Years Now. He’s Still A Big Boy And Looks Quite Fat From Certain Angles But He’s Much Healthier And Continuing With His Diet
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#63 1 Year Of Dechonking! She Has More Energy Than Ever Before And Has Tons Of Zooming Moments!
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#64 2 Years Ago, Dolly Used To Be A Hospice Cat. Today, She’s Gone From 18 Pounds To 12, And Is Living The Life A Cat Should!
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#65 Leo Officially Lost 2lbs Today! He Went From 17lbs To 15lbs And Still As Cute As Ever! Progress!
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#66 Go Willow!
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#67 Apart From Her Becoming Way More Active/Energetic, I Could Never Really Tell How Effective Her Diet Has Actually Been Until I Found A Pic Of Her From Over A Year Ago. Safe To Say It’s Working!
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#68 Two Years After Being Diagnosed With Thyroid Failure, 40 Pounds Lighter, And What Looks Like A Trip Through A Time Machine, Milo Is A Whole New Dog!
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#69 My Good Boy Dechonked
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#70 The Day I Rescued Her (The Day Before Illinois Went Into Quarantine) vs. Today
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#71 What A Glow-Up After A Few Years Worth Of Mistakes!
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#72 My Handsome Holland Has Lost 5.5 Lbs Since My Fiancé And I Adopted Him 2 Years Ago!
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#73 When We Adopted Willow, She Weighed 127 Pounds- Now She’s Down To 106!
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#74 Everyone Stop And Look At Lolly’s Progress! I’m So Proud Of Her
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#75 The Successful Dechonkification Of Mars The Cat
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#76 I Bless You With These Images Of Chimichanga
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#77 February And Today
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