Obesity Never Stopped Oprah or Carnie: Lessons from Childhood Weight Battles

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If the Battle of the Bulge had a patron saint, it would be Oprah Winfrey. Famous, wealthy, and unprecedentedly influential, Oprah touched the hearts of millions as the play-by-play description of her ups and downs filled more magazine pages than possibly any other topic. Parts of her story can be found in “Oprah Winfrey’s Very […]

Coke’s All-Encompassing Miasma

Snorting 'Coke'

Coca-Cola just might be the single corporation most mentioned by Childhood Obesity News, which can hardly keep up with the never-ending flow of bad behavior manifested by the world’s most hated beverage manufacturer. Coca-Cola’s flagship product, of course, has the same name as a much-feared addictive drug (which, in the old days, used to be […]

Up to Date with Dr. Pretlow’s Conference Presentations

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Childhood Obesity News has been looking back at Dr. Pretlow’s presentations at various conferences throughout the years. Let’s resume with 2011, when “Addiction to Highly Pleasurable Food as a Cause of the Childhood Obesity Epidemic” was the topic at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal. In May of the same year, […]

Catching Up with Cookie Monster

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The conjunction of two topics, food and children, is where Cookie Monster lives. Although unnamed, he was present from the first episode of Sesame Street 45 seasons ago, and went on to become famous for devouring anything edible or inedible—but especially cookies. By 2006 the world was changing, and the childhood obesity epidemic was beginning […]

More of Dr. Pretlow’s Conference Presentations

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One week ago, Childhood Obesity News looked back at some of Dr. Pretlow’s presentations to various professional groups, leaving off in October of 2010, at the Royal College of Physicians National Obesity Forum. Today the retrospective continues. We already mentioned some, but not all, of the ideas included in his plenary session presentation, “Why Are […]

A Selection of Dr. Pretlow’s Conference Presentations

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The reader will enjoy Dr. Pretlow’s account of his experiences at the 2009 ECOG  scientific meeting, where he conducted a plenary session and introduced the idea that the childhood obesity epidemic is caused by emotionally driven comfort eating, which often results in addiction. This idea was based, he explained, “on the anonymous posts of thousands […]

What is Fat-Shaming?

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Fat-shaming is trying to make someone feel guilty and “less than” because of their weight. It can include many implications and shades of meaning, like “Aren’t you ashamed to have health conditions that will cost the taxpayers a fortune?” and “How dare you wear an outfit that only a normal person should wear?” It is […]

Sweets for the Suicidal

Addiction

Any obesity-conscious person will encounter the artificial sweetener dilemma, and anybody who looks into it will probably decide to stay away from the stuff, if at all possible. The trouble is, it’s in more than 6,000 food products, as we mentioned before, along with other aspects of aspartame and its spawn — Equal, NutraSweet, Canderel, […]

The “DSM-5″ and Obesity, Part 2

Another Ice Cream Cone

We looked yesterday at the difficulties faced by the editors of the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-5, as explained by Gary Greenberg, who also talks about the currently favored method of considering an array of symptoms. Until a more “scientific” way can be found, the hope is to move away from either/or definitions of […]

The “DSM-5″ and Obesity, Part 1

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We’ll get to the obesity relevance in a minute, but meanwhile, here is an interesting detail about the upcoming revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The Roman numerals are being dropped in favor of Arabic numbers, so the new version will actually be DSM-5. Another footnote of interest: the third […]

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