Every Minute Counts

June 13, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Childhood obesity is exemplified, endorsed, enabled, and empowered by adults. Remember it this holiday season.

Take It Easy on Yourself

December 10, 2021
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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
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Whether it stems from bad stress or “eustress,” expectation anxiety does have an antidote, which is acceptance.

Screens, Stress, and Expectations

December 8, 2021
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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
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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.

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.

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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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