Obesity and Language, Part 9

June 9, 2023
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The current topic has morphed from professionals talking with patients to parents talking with children.

Fusion: Principles That Carry Over

January 5, 2023
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It is reassuring to see how comfortably the BrainWeighve phone app’s procedures fit into and mesh with and extend our previous knowledge.

How Is Your Health Esteem?

January 4, 2023
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January is World Health Esteem Month. Here are some simple yet effective daily choices and useful practices to try in the new year.

P.E.T. and Taking Advantage of Inclinations

January 2, 2023
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Many parents feel the impulse to discard any attempt at nuance, and just let their authoritarian streak take over. There is another way to look at it.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 13

December 28, 2022
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As an old year ends and a new one begins, it’s a great time to think about what we will do differently next time around.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 12

December 27, 2022
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New Year’s Eve is pretty much a grownup occasion, but as always, the kids are watching, and they see more than we realize.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 11

December 26, 2022
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As terrible as a holiday gathering can seem even to an emotionally healthy person, for someone struggling with a serious issue it can be a nightmare.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 10

December 22, 2022
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Here’s how you can keep stress levels low in adults and not transfer them to children because emotional turmoil is a direct cause of overeating at any age.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 9

December 21, 2022
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This and every holiday season, we can’t stress enough the importance of managing expectations, hydration, self-care, and staying away from unhealthy food.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 8

December 20, 2022
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It’s up to parents and guardians to manage children’s expectations around the holidays.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 3

December 13, 2022
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Do we want mental and physical health for 2023? Yes, please! Here is a review of hints for fitness and sanity over the winter holidays.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 2

December 12, 2022
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Here are more short hints about our holiday-related posts.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 1

December 9, 2022
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Here is a collection of Childhood Obesity News posts on a sometimes difficult subject, the winter holidays.

Halloween Hacks, a Few Last Words

October 24, 2022
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There are some very good reasons to switch over to non-food treats for Halloween. Learn more.

Halloween Fallout

October 21, 2022
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How do you deal with children who possess piles of candy on Halloween night?

Halloween — What’s the Plan, Stan?

October 20, 2022
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Halloween goals are to minimize the amount of junk the kids collect, how much they hold onto, and how much of it they ultimately consume.

Switch Witch Lore

October 19, 2022
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The Switch Witch has been around for a while, swapping sweets for gifts, and incidentally, for a childhood with fewer dentist visits.

Halloween Treats for Hosts and Guests

October 18, 2022
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As well as being low on carbohydrates, some Halloween food creations are gluten-free, paleo, and even adaptable to be totally vegan.

Halloween Hacks

October 14, 2022
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Because individuals and families vary greatly, nothing works for everybody, but it is definitely worth trying some ideas to lessen the holiday stress.

Obesity Festivals — Same Stuff, Different Day

October 12, 2022
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The sad reality is that most holiday treats are composed of the same ingredients, rendered into different shapes and dyed with holiday-specific colors.

Why Mess With Halloween?

October 11, 2022
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For children who are either already overweight or obese, or at risk for those conditions, this holiday can be a special kind of ordeal.

You Never Know Where It Might Lead

July 15, 2022
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Here is one last group of suggestions for free (or very economical) indoor occupations as alternatives to screen time or overeating.

Even Behind Closed Doors

July 14, 2022
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Here are some alternative things that children can do indoors rather than stare at screens. Even a small amount of motion is more beneficial than inactivity.

For the Sake of Movement

July 13, 2022
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Mental and emotional problems can manifest through the body, and destructive fat is one of their favorite channels.

Wiggle Room Strategies

July 12, 2022
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Even under very limited circumstances, it is still important that kids move around and do things.

Tough Choices With Wiggle Room

July 11, 2022
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Any kind of active play is not only helpful but crucial to the maintenance of both physical and mental health. And you don’t necessarily need equipment.

Bad Distraction vs. Good Distraction

June 17, 2022
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This series is about helping kids find things to do with their hands (and in some cases, their mouths) that will help them avoid snacking.

Some Basic Projects

June 16, 2022
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Let’s aim for a family culture that includes the very important standard of not dragging consumption into every mundane activity.

Creative Obesity Prevention

June 15, 2022
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Children’s hands and mouths are both heavily implicated in the destructive habit of snacking, so let’s continue with the theme of keeping them busy.

Make the Minutes Count

June 14, 2022
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Every minute a child spends engaged in a rewarding activity that occupies hands and/or mouth is a minute to be treasured and repeated.

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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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