It doesn’t take much convincing in Southern California with our great weather to prove the benefits of exercising with your dog. A recent KTLA news story focused on the proven benefits of exercise not just for people but also for dogs. Dogs, it seems, are following in the footsteps of their human owners. Currently, 70 percent of Americans and 53 percent of dogs are obese. The health issues and expense are similar for both. Studies prove that for both man and dog obesity increases the risk of metabolic diseases, including diabetes, degenerative joints, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, tumors, skin diseases and a life span that is shorter than necessary. Even with all of the research, advice from medical experts, diets and diet foods available for man and dog, obesity statistics continue to be on the rise. The reason, according to the experts, is that both man as well as dogs are eating too much and exercising too little. According to the news story daily and consistent walks can improve most health issues and concerns for both the dogs as well as humans. Dr. Kim consults with many frustrated patients who have been diligent about exercise(some of which they do with their dogs) on a consistent basis, yet they still have small areas of fat that affect their contour. The areas most commonly mentioned are the outer thighs, lower abdomen, and love handles. This can be very frustrating especially for a patient who is of normal weight and exercises regularly. Dr. Kim explains that liposuction could be an excellent option. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure it is a contouring procedure. Liposuction allows Dr. Kim to artistically sculpt and shape the legs, abdomen, and love handle area. Although liposuction can be performed on most any area these areas are the most common. As an expert, Dr. Kim is able to achieve a shape and contour that is superior to what the patient can achieve through diet and exercise alone. As patients continue their exercise routine after their procedure they will see excellent results that continue to get better over time.