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.

What Is a Teachable Moment?

November 4, 2019
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A teachable moment spontaneously arises from within the child, manifesting as a mood that is open, receptive, approachable, malleable, curious, ready.

Halloween Hangover

November 1, 2019
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Why are so many people against Halloween candy? Because childhood obesity is an epidemic with a huge financial cost and a toll in human misery.

Parents and Liberation From Old Attitudes

October 31, 2019
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The magical and 100% free commodity known as attitude adjustment can help parents make healthy food choices to prevent childhood obesity.

More Effective Parenting — Awareness Is All It Costs

October 30, 2019
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When it comes to parenting, the decision to abandon, or at least modify, some ingrained mindsets proven to be counterproductive could be both free and freeing.

What to Build, and Why

October 29, 2019
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Emotional eating is probably the biggest cause of childhood obesity while labeling is just another word for name-calling, and name-calling never ends well.

A Question for Parents

October 28, 2019
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What if we told you that life with kids could be incredibly improved at no cost? The key is a change of attitude, life’s best bargain.

Let’s Keep Moving

October 25, 2019
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Authoritarian parenting can have unhappy results. Yet it cannot be said that all control is bad. Some is necessary. Here is a very literal example.

Dark Secrets of the Bullying Game

October 18, 2019
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Good familial relationships help kids avoid obesity. The strength and nature of these bonds also influence the child’s likelihood of becoming a bully.

Cyberbullying and What to Do About It

October 17, 2019
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Well over half of people with eating disorders assign at least partial blame to bullying, of which cyberbullying makes up a considerable portion.

Cooking and Talk

October 4, 2019
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Studies have found that a child who helps to prepare a meal is likely to eat more of it, and talking about food as a family is also helpful.

Cheap Change

October 3, 2019
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The success of some programs demonstrates that relatively simple, no-cost changes in home routines can help reduce childhood obesity.

Autumn Surprise

September 30, 2019
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Summer vacation can be a recipe for extra pounds, and many young people return to school in worse shape that when the previous term ended.

How Do Parents Change?

September 27, 2019
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Being conscientious about serving sizes can set the stage for later trouble or success, and parents exert enormous influence on their kids by setting examples.

Creative Lip-Zipping

October 16, 2018
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What should parents say to overweight children? A good rule is, steer clear of remarks about looks. Unless asked. Even then, use caution.

Good Intentions, Bad Tactics

October 15, 2018
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“Focus on health, not weight” is very important precept, and it ties into the whole baby-steps philosophy when it comes to fighting childhood obesity.

Parents and the Pain of Change

October 12, 2018
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We all know, deep in our hearts, where our children picked up their bad habits. It’s up to us to take the lead and do the course correction.

What Am I Doing Wrong?

October 10, 2018
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It’s up to us, the parents, to get ourselves together and lead by example so we can live up to our responsibilities.

Making Things to Eat

October 9, 2018
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The topic of food is a major advice magnet. We found plenty of hints about choosing foods and conducting meals, but what about preparation?

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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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