About Childhood Obesity News

Childhood Obesity News is a newsblog published by eHealth International, Inc. Our goal is to search out the best information available online about the global epidemic in childhood obesity, and present that information here for parents, teachers, caregivers, health care workers, legislators, children, and all others concerned about this problem.

This blog is based on the book, Overweight: What Kids Say, and the work of its author, Dr. Robert A. Pretlow. Dr. Robert Pretlow graduated with honors from Princeton University. He received his M.D. from the University of Virginia Medical School, where he also did his internship and residency in pediatrics. He is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pretlow conducted a 10-year anonymous survey into children’s attitudes about weight and weight loss. The book consists of children’s candid answers and Dr. Pretlow’s keen conclusions.

For example, in one poll taken by 103 kids, nearly three-fourths (74%) indicated they lose weight better with an online program and support than with a health professional (page 112). Overweight kids are reluctant to talk with anyone about their weight problems, including parents, teachers, and health professionals. They prefer the anonymity of the Internet combined with anonymous support from weight loss buddies and trained, online weight loss professionals.

Childhood Obesity News is written by lead newsblogger, Pat Hartman, and a team of editors from orobora. Pat Hartman is an editor, journalist and freelance writer. You can reach her directly via email at Pat (dot) Hartman (at) orobora (dot) com.

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Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

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The Book

OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say explores the obesity problem from the often-overlooked perspective of children struggling with being overweight.

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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