Be a Role Model Every Day

May 14, 2024
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Our children watch our every move. Not only that, but they imitate what we do. Here’s some advice how parents and caregivers can be good role models.

How Be Pro-Active and Protective

March 28, 2024
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Childhood is the time to spread out before a young human the smorgasbord of possibilities, consisting not of food items but of experience items.

Life Hacks for Parents

March 26, 2024
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Try to look at every parenting annoyance as a challenge, and every challenge as an opportunity, and see what happens.

Parents, Proactive and Protective, Continued

March 21, 2024
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Although the corporate magnates exert pressure on us to eat worthless pseudo-food, parents do not have to surrender to that pressure.

Parents, Proactive and Protective

March 19, 2024
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Yes, the global marketing machine is powerful, but parents do not have to hopelessly surrender to it. Resistance to junk food is possible.

Better Every Time

January 4, 2024
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Let’s take one more look at some possible responses to the winter holiday season, the do’s and the don’ts to follow to ensure a smooth and peaceful experience.

Tackling the Same Childhood Obesity Issues in the New Year

January 3, 2024
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Two recent studies found an increase in childhood obesity. Here’s what we can do to curb it, starting with the parents.

Holidays and Their Aftermath

January 2, 2024
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We got stressed out, we ate too much, we drank too much, and now we don’t feel very good about ourselves. Here’s what we can do to minimize stress.

Spare Yourself a Ton of Grief

December 29, 2023
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A very useful resolution not only for the new year but for this holiday season we are in right now is to clear our subconscious minds of expectations.

Eliminate Stress, Create Love

December 28, 2023
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Almost every helpful hint that has been mentioned here in a specific winter holiday context is perfectly adaptable all year round.

The Holidays, You, Me, and Others

December 27, 2023
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What can one do for oneself and others? For starters, empathy is all-important.

The Upside of Rules

December 26, 2023
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Rules are really just a starting points on which we build our psychological houses. They are useful as reference points.

Sidestep the Winter Holiday Blues

December 22, 2023
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The food-as-hospitality equation is beautiful but also dangerous. Ideally hosts should refrain from goading their guests into consuming more than they wish to.

Steer Clear of the Winter Holiday Blues

December 20, 2023
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Once the holidays roll around, the normal trauma level is amped up by several orders of magnitude.

Escape the Winter Holiday Blues

December 12, 2023
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The holidays hold endless potential for trauma, most of it inflicted by people who sincerely want the best, and only the best, for us.

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?

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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:


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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