New Publication, and Dr. Pretlow Articles

Plenty of experts are proponents of in-person interventions in health care settings. Generally, and up until recently, personal connection between therapist and patient has required a physical space where they could meet. Unfortunately, resources become more scarce while the cost of everything goes up, including premises, utilities, supplies, person-hours, legal assistance, compliance with government regulations, and numerous other factors.

Psychological problems related to food and eating are amenable to varying types and degrees of intervention, and it has been found that all obesity-reduction mentoring relationships do not need to be conducted in person, at all times. So it is important to discover the optimal proportions between one-on-one personal connection; a group approach; a technologically assisted relationship; and whatever other communication method might be available.

A mobile solution is a viable alternative, and W8Loss2Go focuses on endeavoring to “increase the amount of health provider-patient interaction outside of clinic based face-to-face-sessions in a cost-effective manner.”

Published by Wiley’s Pediatric Obesity, “An addiction model-based mobile health weight loss intervention in adolescents with obesity” is also available as a PDF file. It documents the work done at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to compare the strong points of the tertiary care weight management program known as EMPOWER, with those of Dr. Pretlow’s WeightLoss2Go program. The authors are A. P. Vidmar , R. Pretlow, C. Borzutzky, C. P. Wee, D. S. Fox, C. Fink, and S. D. Mittelman.

Several members of that same team were credited for their entry last year in the 22nd Annual Poster Session hosted by the Saban Institute. The venue is interesting. The posters are displayed in a courtyard, where the attendees can walk around and talk to people, more like the ambiance of an art gallery. How different from the stuffy enclosed lectures that require a person to sit still for hours and pay attention to a screen — the kinds of passive “activities” that also happen to be discouraged in a field that hopes to decrease obesity.

Dr. Pretlow is already known to the reader, but what a great opportunity for a “roundup” of Dr. Pretlow’s own posts at Childhood Obesity News:

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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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