Halloween Hacks, a Few Last Words

October 24, 2022
Leave a Comment

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

Halloween Fallout

October 21, 2022
Leave a Comment

How do you deal with children who possess piles of candy on Halloween night?

Halloween — What’s the Plan, Stan?

October 20, 2022
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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

Wiggle Room Strategies

July 12, 2022
Leave a Comment

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

Tough Choices With Wiggle Room

July 11, 2022
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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
Leave a Comment

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

Every Minute Counts

June 13, 2022
Leave a Comment

The basic message here is that every moment spent by a child in some activity other than eating is a moment to be treasured.

More Positive Moves for Parents

June 10, 2022
Leave a Comment

One big reason why kids eat is because they are unhappy. Whether the parent feels like that is justified, or not, is irrelevant.

Positive Moves for Parents

June 9, 2022
Leave a Comment

The philosophy of “Do as I say, not as I do” never works out well. The art of demonstrating true leadership includes eating lots of veggies and fruits.

Two More Brands of Seasonal Distress

December 20, 2021
Leave a Comment

During the holidays, experts urge us to accept our feelings, resist partaking in traditions that bring pain, and look for and appreciate the good moments.

Seasonal Stress in Two Flavors

December 17, 2021
Leave a Comment

The last few posts have been about seasonal stress, whose most obvious and apparent symptom is often overconsumption. Here are some tips on how to cope.

Wide-Ranging Stress Defenses

December 16, 2021
Leave a Comment

The temptation to overcommit is huge but it can be resisted. When filling in the holiday calendar, remember that your plans could be disrupted.

Be the Change You Want to See

December 15, 2021
Leave a Comment

Here are some tips, tricks, and coping strategies on how to navigate through stressful holidays without doubling our weight and ruining our health.

Plan, Delegate, and Reduce Holiday Stress

December 14, 2021
Leave a Comment

First, sit down and figure out how to handle all the demands of the season, with the cunning and precision of a team planning a bank heist.

In Search of Holiday Sanity

December 13, 2021
Leave a Comment

Childhood obesity is exemplified, endorsed, enabled, and empowered by adults. Remember it this holiday season.

Take It Easy on Yourself

December 10, 2021
Leave a Comment

Not many aspects of life are perfect, and, to be sure, the holiday season will not be. Experts advise setting your intentions and expectations accordingly.

Save Us From Holiday Stress

December 9, 2021
Leave a Comment

Whether it stems from bad stress or “eustress,” expectation anxiety does have an antidote, which is acceptance.

Screens, Stress, and Expectations

December 8, 2021
Leave a Comment

We are allowed to set limits. We don’t need to announce them in a cruel or intolerant way, but we can set them. How?

Keeping Our Cool Over Winter Holidays

December 7, 2021
Leave a Comment

Here are some more ways to take control of the holidays, or, at the very least, to cancel out the holiday season’s efforts to take control of us.

FAQs and Media Requests: Click here…

Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

Profiles: Kids Struggling with Obesity top bottom

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.
You can contact Dr. Pretlow at:

Presentations

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.

Food & Health Resources