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 Absolute Unit On The Brink Of Being Put Down Due To Health Issues, To A Smiling Boy

#2 Kai Has Lost 100 Lbs Between 2018 And 2019, Goodest Of Boyes


#3 My Cat Was 23lbs When We Adopted Him, Today He’s 12lbs And No Longer Diabetic!


#4 Jazzy Is Running & Jumping Just In Time For Her 10th Birthday Tomorrow! We Love You Jazzy! 16 Lbs To Go!


#5 Phoebe’s Diet Is Going Well!


#6 The Cutest Ex-Chonker


#7 My Mill Rescue Who Made It Full Circle. Now She’s Spayed And Well Muscled!


#8 From 95 Grams To 80 Grams. Alexander Has Reached His Goal Chonk!


#9 Bruno Gets Dechonkt


#10 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!


#11 Buddy’s Epic Weight Loss! He Was Around 20kg, And Now He’s At 13kg


#12 From Thicc To Stick: Massive Tuxie Loses 3 Kg/Half A Stone. More Pounds Have Rolled Since The Picture Was Taken (April 2019)


#13 Motivation: The Weight-Loss Journey Of Skinny The Cat. He Lost About 10 Kg In Total


#14 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!


#15 One Of My Favorite Dechonks – Meet Bronson!


#16 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


#17 Chasing The Dog Chased Away The Chonk!!!!


#18 My Service Dog, Avalanche, Is Back To A Healthy Weight!


#19 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


#20 One Year Of Dechonkification


#21 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!


#22 Almost Three Years Of Dechonkin’


#23 My Handsome Man 7 Months Ago And Today!


#24 Was Told Ernie Would Be Appreciated Here


#25 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


#26 Eli Lost A Whole Cat’s Worth Of Weight! From 23 Lbs Down To 13.8


#27 Chonk To Dechonk: Gary’s Workout Plan… Food And Water On Separate Levels Of The House


#28 Another Dechonk – Barsik! He’s Gone From 41 Lbs To 27 Lbs


#29 It Took A Heafty Bribe, And Two Years, But My Cat Finally Lost The Weight!


#30 9 Months Progress – 8.2 -> 6.7 Kg!


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