W8Loss2Go Study in Adelaide, Australia

Australia study

Yesterday, Childhood Obesity News introduced Ellen Burne, a bariatric surgery patient who indicated that a program like Dr. Pretlow’s W8Loss2Go iPhone application would have been a good thing for her younger self to have access to. (In the picture on our page today, Ms. Burne is holding a scale.) The awareness of this app came into her life because of the current study of W8Loss2Go, described as:

[…] the first of its kind to test the effectiveness of the app in motivating and supporting youths in a tertiary bariatric setting to make dramatic changes to their eating habits.

“Tertiary bariatric setting” is childhood obesity lingo for a medical center program, for instance one administered by a university, such as Flinders Medical Centre, which is connected with Flinders University, where Ms. Burne also has ties.

On the far left is another important team member, dietitian Kate Pettigrew, and on the far right is Dr. Leigh Roeger, research manager for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Adelaide, Australia. Other key researchers are involved with the 18-week study that is now underway, and we will directly quote Southern Health News reporter Sarah Garvis, with thanks:

FMC’s Head of Paediatrics and Child Health Dr Brian Coppin, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Sanjeev Khurana, CAMHS Clinical Director Associate Professor Stephen Allison, Southern Mental Health Associate Professor Tarun Bastiampillai and Flinders University Faculty of Health Professor Richard Reed

For all the details of the W8Loss2Go study, please see the article in Southern Health News, titled “Mobile App Boosts Weight Loss.

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Dr. Robert A. Pretlow is a pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist. He has been researching and spreading awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic in the US for more than a decade.
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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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