Displacement, a Partial Roundup

January 13, 2023
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Here’s part four of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Displacement Thoughts With Particular Slants

January 12, 2023
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Here’s part three of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Displacement Mechanism Posts

January 11, 2023
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Here’s part two of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Some Posts About Displacement

January 10, 2023
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Here’s part one of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2021
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People celebrate by eating and drinking to excess, but we’re not judging. Here’s a partial list of our holiday posts on how to stay healthy during the holidays.

More Media — An Oldie but Goodie

September 8, 2021
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To continue the theme of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we look at the audio-visual media works and the awareness they have created.

Awareness Month — Settle in for a Read

September 3, 2021
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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are two books on childhood obesity, plus a list of our “Best Of” posts on more books.

American Society of Animal Science Reminder

July 9, 2020
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Like humans, pets eat in response to stress, and exhibit eating-related behaviors that look very much like addiction.

New Publication, and Dr. Pretlow Articles

August 21, 2018
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Psychological problems are amenable to varying types of intervention. Not all obesity-reduction mentoring relationships need to be conducted in person.

Synonyms for Spin

July 20, 2018
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Spin tries to paint as significant results that are not, and endeavors to distract attention from non-significant results.

“Everything You Know Is Wrong” Roundup, Continued

June 27, 2018
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Here are half a dozen more examples of how, when it comes to obesity research, the certainties of the past become the mysteries of today.

“Everything You Know Is Wrong” Roundup

June 26, 2018
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A field as large as obesity is bound to attract and generate plenty of theories and conflicting ideas. Sometimes facts change right before our very eyes.

Jingle Bell Blues

December 7, 2017
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A roundup of posts featuring the tips and tricks on how to prevent family disasters during the holidays, including avoiding binge eating and coping with stress.

Up-to-Date Quality of Life Roundup

November 21, 2017
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Are obese kids miserable? According to many indications, the answer is yes, although getting confirmation is not as easy as it sounds.

The Continued “Quality of Life” Roundup

November 13, 2017
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Quality of life comes in several varieties, and none of them can perform its magic if the person is depressed, as is often the case with obese children.

Roundup: Quality of Life

November 10, 2017
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Today, we look back over some interesting angles on the quality of life experienced by obese children and teenagers, and how that quality can be improved.

Obesity and Food Addiction Terminology Roundup

October 16, 2017
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Language matters. There is an obesity epidemic, and there is nothing wrong with calling it that.

Additional Posts About Cravings

June 8, 2017
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Compulsive overeating appears to be at least as much a behavioral addiction as a substance addiction. This post revisits the subject of food cravings.

Encyclopedia of Cravings

June 7, 2017
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This is the fourth Childhood Obesity News post collecting some of the highlights of all the posts about food cravings and the research behind the theories.

Banish Doughnuts, Popularize Carrots

June 6, 2017
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A craving is associated with an image, but the mind can be outsmarted by replacing that image with a different one, or visual white noise.

The World of Food Cravings

June 5, 2017
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Where do cravings come from and how can they be quelled? Among the overweight and obese, this knowledge is valued far above nutrition facts.

Brain Hunger

June 2, 2017
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The illustration on this page is from “Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model,” presented at the Global Conference on Obesity Treatment and Weight Management. Among other subjects, Dr. Pretlow discussed body hunger, which has a basis in physiol …

Season of Challenge

December 19, 2016
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The winter holidays would be incomplete without advice on how to survive them.

All Hail the Lord of Misrule

November 23, 2016
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From now until after New Year, it’s fully authorized and officially sanctioned binge time, and rather than one Lord of Misrule, we have thousands.

Remodeling Halloween

October 10, 2016
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What can we do to make Halloween candy collection less important? One option is to shift the emphasis to creativity and participation.

Halloween — a Paradigm Shift

October 7, 2016
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Here’s a quick rundown of the insidious ways Halloween could do harm, along with some suggestions for “best practices.”

That Month Comes Around Again

September 16, 2016
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Why is Childhood Obesity News not making a bigger deal out of National Child Obesity Awareness Month? Well, around here, that’s every month.

Many Aspects of Bariatric Surgery for Teens

June 17, 2016
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Over the past few years, the idea of performing irreversible, life-altering surgery on young people has become normalized.

Fat Acceptance Roundup, Revisited

June 3, 2016
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Today’s Childhood Obesity News post adds to the collection with an overview of our other reports about various aspects of fat acceptance.

Advertising Roundup

May 27, 2016
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There is so much to say about television advertising and children, we made a five-part series exploring the ugliness.

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Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

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The Book

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.
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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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