Switch Witch Lore

October 19, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mental and emotional problems can manifest through the body, and destructive fat is one of their favorite channels.

Wiggle Room Strategies

July 12, 2022
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Even under very limited circumstances, it is still important that kids move around and do things.

Tough Choices With Wiggle Room

July 11, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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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