Fat Dog

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Fat Dog

November 19, 2017

Dachshund after diet

Just a couple years ago, Dennis the dachshund weighed 56 pounds, about 4-5 times what a dog like him should weigh. He had been eating fast food hamburgers and pizza — really unhealthy human food that made him blow up like a blimp. Think how sad that must have been: no running, no jumping up on the couch, no chasing cats and squirrels. The good news is, his owner’s relative was so worried about him that she adopted him as her own pet. She put him on a “diet,” meaning she changed the foods Dennis ate. Thanks to eating right, Dennis lost 3/4 of his weight! Now his body is so much smaller, but he’s kept his nice long ears — and he can finally chase cats again.

Wee ones: If Dennis eats pizza, then a burger, then a bowl of ice cream, which food did he eat 2nd?

Little kids: If Dennis ate burgers 3 days a week and pizza the other days, how many days did he eat pizza?  Bonus: If he ate twice a day every day, how many junk-food meals did he eat in a week?

Big kids: Before his new diet, what did Dennis (56 pounds) weigh compared to you?  Bonus: If at 56 pounds Dennis weighed 4 times as much as he should have, what does he weigh now? (Hint: To divide a number by 4, you can just cut it in half, then cut it in half again.)




Wee ones: The burger.

Little kids: 4 days.  Bonus: 14 fatty meals.

Big kids: Different for everyone…subtract 56 from your weight in pounds, or even more scary, subtract your weight from Dennis’ 56!  Bonus: 14 pounds.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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