Coming up very soon, on September 1-4, is the European and International Congress on Obesity (ECO), an online event that will bring together experts from all over the world. It was originally planned as a physical happening in Dublin, Ireland, but sadly, like many other such gatherings, the Congress had to adapt to present reality. The hardcore information is,
Our online programme offers live and on-demand scientific sessions, discussion, and interactive e-poster presentations. We will also host cutting-edge industry sessions and virtual exhibitions.
All events will be hosted on our new digital platform on the ECO-ICO website, and the congress will be integrated with the ECOICO 2020 app. All abstracts will be published in the official abstract supplement in Obesity Reviews.
At the 2011 ECO in Istanbul, Dr. Prelow talked about “Addiction to Highly Pleasurable Foods as a Cause of the Childhood Obesity Epidemic.” In 2012, he spoke at the 19th ECO, held in Lyon, France, on the subject of “Social Networking and Obesity.” Subsequently, there were favorable mentions in the press. The following year, he travelled to the ECO in Liverpool, U.K., to deliver an address titled “Compulsive Eating/Addiction Intervention for Obesity Implemented as a Smartphone App: A Pilot Study.”
As one of this year’s presenters, Dr. Pretlow takes as his subject “The displacement mechanism: a new explanation and treatment for obesity.” The listing is found on page 62 of the 64-page downloadable Programme Book. Also available as a PDF download is the e-Poster. But wait, that’s not all. There is a video too.
A long pondering
Dr. Pretlow has been studying the displacement mechanism for years, noting the similarities between compulsive overeating and certain actions engaged in by animals that feel threatened and seek ways to cope with stress. A large number of peripheral issues adhere to this subject, one of the most prominent being the presence of BFRBs, or Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors.
Here’s a list of the Childhood Obesity News posts that have touched on these matters:
- A Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Surprise
- Animals, People, and Displacement Behaviors
- BFRB World — Still Strange
- Coping With BFRBs
- Displacement Activities in Animals and Humans
- Displacement Behavior and the Many Related Fs
- Displacement Behavior in the Animal Kingdom
- Laughter As Displacement Behavior
- More About Laughter As a Displacement Behavior
- Responses to Perceived Threat
- Some Thoughts on Displacement Behavior
- The Fascinating World of BFRBs
- The Fine Art of Fiddling
- The Mysteries of Displacement Behaviors
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