Get Out in Front of Holiday Stress

December 6, 2021
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One of the biggest favors we can do for posterity is to figure out how to navigate the holidays with grace and compassion — including compassion for ourselves.

Manage Holiday Stress and Eat Less!

December 3, 2021
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Whatever events are on the agenda, try to plan rationally and make allowance for obstacles. Make lists.

A Coven of Healthy Halloween Inspirations

October 22, 2021
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Halloween doesn’t need to be an orgy of high-fructose corn syrup. Here are some creative ways to keep it healthy.

Mothers, Babies, and COVID-19

October 15, 2021
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Mothers and children are not only at risk of death or serious disability. Childhood obesity is woven right into the fabric of the coronavirus pandemic.

Parents As Supportive Helpers

June 10, 2021
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Do we make light of our children’s ambitions for self-betterment? Do we tease them, or undermine their spirits by asserting that they will never succeed?

Use Mind Power for Good

June 9, 2021
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Since the mind can do so many amazing things, we might as well put it to good use. Mental games can go either way, including the healthy, productive kind.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Keeping Sanity Alive

April 15, 2021
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In parenting, minimizing the friction creates a better atmosphere for handling disagreements around food and mealtime arrangements.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Scheduled Meals and Other Ideals

April 14, 2021
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Many families benefit from having at least one meal together, because, with luck, it can facilitate emotional bonding. There are many more reasons to try it.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Possible Life Hacks

April 12, 2021
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We are looking at some basic, timeless ideas about the prevention of childhood obesity and how they might be implemented during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Possible Life Hacks for Parents

April 9, 2021
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Looking back to when everything was less complicated, there were some basic, timeless ideas about the prevention of childhood obesity. How do they hold up?

Coronavirus Chronicles — Safety and Sports, Continued

February 11, 2021
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The CDC is asking parents to limit carpooling to their kids’ sports events and notify the school if a child has any co-morbidities.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Safety and Sports

February 10, 2021
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In the drive to end childhood obesity, the pandemic is not helping one bit. Kids need to move around and burn off both physical and emotional energy.

Kids and Sports and COVID-19

February 9, 2021
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When the threat is an airborne illness, the outdoors is manifestly the preferred venue for sports and exercise.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Coping Skills Can Save the Day

January 28, 2021
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Kids stuck at home need something to do, and a parent who is grasping at the last straws of sanity might find inspiration anywhere.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

January 27, 2021
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Sometimes we need to accept “good” as the best we can do under the circumstances, and let good be good enough.

Coronavirus Chronicles — When Hope Is Sparse

January 26, 2021
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By and large, parents are suffering from the demands of multitasking, trying to pay the bills, and being in charge of their kids’ screen time and exercise.

Holiday Eating Trauma — A Field Ripe for Harvest

December 28, 2020
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The association of celebration with feasting is one of humankind’s oldest social phenomena. This truth brings spectacular joy and also quite a lot of anguish.

Merry Christmas and/or Any Additional Holiday/s of Your Choice

December 23, 2020

The basic principles of obesity avoidance are relevant to the feasts and festivals of many religious traditions, at any time of year — Christmas included.

Coronavirus Chronicles — There’s Nothing to Do!

November 20, 2020
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If ever there was a time to encourage a child’s slightest interest in anything besides food, it is now, when a lot of us working or learning from home.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Preserving Mental Health

November 19, 2020
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Children’s states of mind are important, including when it comes to preventing childhood obesity, and now, the kids’ anxiety levels are going nowhere but up.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Reasons for Keeping Your Kid Safe

November 13, 2020
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The numbers of positive cases are going up, and parents have to cope with the thousand irregularities and inconveniences caused by the need to stay at home.

Coronavirus Chronicles — You’re in a What? A Pod Guide

November 12, 2020
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The virus doesn’t care about human dynamics. Creating your pandemic pod is not the end of the decision-making, and one guide covers all the bases.

Upsetting the Energy Balance Paradigm

October 21, 2020
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There is nothing wrong with the “eat less and move more” philosophy, but eating less and moving more are just the bare minimum starting points.

Teal Is the New Orange

October 20, 2020
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The astonishingly comprehensive Teal Pumpkin program offers a ton of information and inspiration for alternative Halloween treats and activities for kids.

Coronavirus Chronicles: The Demise of Halloween As We Know It?

October 19, 2020
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This year, the spookyscape will be very different in many communities. If there must be a group activity, let it be outdoors, distanced, and masked.

Coronavirus Chronicles: The End of Halloween?

October 14, 2020

This year, it must be incredibly difficult for parents to make the decision about trick-or-treating. For some, staying home is safer than most alternatives.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Stay Home, Stay Fit

September 14, 2020
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Here are some step families that shelter in place can take to maintain optimal mental and physical health, including the kids.

Coronavirus Chronicles — MIS-C or PMIS? Two Names, One Mystery

June 10, 2020
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What is MIS-C/PMIS? Is it just part of a very bad case of COVID-19, or a separate yet related entity that sets in after the acute viral stage is over?

Coronavirus Chronicles — Uncertainty and Responsibility

May 22, 2020
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When relative isolation is combined with food insecurity or an eating disorder, things can really go haywire.

How to Hoist a Cow

November 11, 2019
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In parenting, the importance of marginal gains picking your battles cannot be over-emphasized.

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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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