Dr. Pretlow Speaks at ICBA 2017

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Dr. Pretlow gave an oral presentation in Haifa, Israel, at the 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, on a pilot study of obesity treatment.

Motivational Interviewing, Doctors, and Parents

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Motivational interviewing is one of the tools of choice in the childhood obesity field. Why? Dr. Martin T. Stein suggests that, in primary care settings, childhood obesity is relatively unresponsive to more customary interventions. Doctors are urged to incorporate motivational interviewing of parents in their evaluation and treatment of obese children. Reviewers have characterized the […]

Teaching Professionals to Deal with Weight Bias Issues

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Earlier this year, The Lancet published a six-part series on the obesity epidemic, recommended several changes,  including improved training of health care professionals, especially in the areas of counteracting bias and improving care-delivery strategies. It is sad but true that many health professionals have their own issues around weight and obesity, and sometimes patients are […]

Professionals Struggle with Weight Bias Issues

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The destructive effects of fat-shaming have been observed in many ways. For instance, Sharon Begley reported for Reuters.com that physicians tend to spend less time with an obese patient, and don’t bother to offer counsel on achieving a healthier lifestyle, “perhaps believing it would fall on deaf ears.” Medical personnel don’t even need to specifically […]

Fat-Shaming—Why Not?

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On behalf of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Joanne Ikeda made an unambiguous statement: The whole ‘war on obesity’ has focused a whole lot of attention on fat people and the general impression of the public is they can be shamed or scared into getting thin…Which is absolutely ludicrous. If every fat person […]

Assessing the Flab Quotient

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Last time, Childhood Obesity News looked at body mass index as the standard of obesity measurement. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the specific question of whether BMI or waist circumference (WC) measurement is best. When someone is apparently healthy, albeit chubby, that person’s system may still betray early warning signs […]

Doubts About BMI

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Science marches on, which sometimes causes embarrassment when new information emerges. This might be the case with body mass index or BMI, which is generally taken to be the best feasible way of measuring the risk and degree of obesity in children. A downloadable PDF file from Shape Up America! describes how a screening program should […]

Childhood Obesity’s Urgent Message

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Last time, Childhood Obesity News looked at part of the conversation between author Michael Prager and Dr. Christopher Ochner, a researcher in obesity and nutrition. They touched upon many points, but the big takeaway from Dr. Ochner’s studies has to do with prevention. Everything he says emphasizes the importance of stopping childhood obesity before it […]

Younger Kids and Motivation

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Yesterday, Childhood Obesity News discussed how Dr. Pretlow was interviewed for a school assignment by 13-year-old Heidi Zahnleuter. In the finished paper, she writes of the importance of motivation: The key factor to losing weight is to be motivated. Many children and teens cannot motivate themselves for long enough to lose weight. In order to slim […]

Sean Croxton on Motivation

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Sean Croxton is being listened to by a lot of people these days. They even wear shirts emblazoned with the letters JERF, an acronym for his slogan “Just Eat Real Food.” He promotes the idea of personal responsibility because it’s so obviously the finest way to live. The reason for this introduction is to look […]

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