European and International Congress on Obesity Goes Virtual

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:

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About Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

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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