Continuing Lifestyle Intervention, Part 8

December 8, 2023
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Do your habits serve you? If not, out with them! Continuing lifestyle intervention is not just for people who need to be fixed, but for everybody all the time.

New Drugs — Does Lifestyle Intervention Still Count? Part 7

October 30, 2023
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In weight loss for health, two things are clear: Long-term sustainability is the prevention of relapse, and relapse avoidance is long-term viability.

New Drugs — Does Lifestyle Intervention Still Count? Part 4

October 24, 2023
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Do the new, remarkably effective GLP-1 obesity medications eliminate the need for obesity interventions such as the BrainWeighve app?

In Search of Addiction’s Roots, Part 6

October 18, 2023
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Random, reactive displacement behaviors usually only make things worse, while conscious displacement can create a space for positive change.

In Search of Addiction’s Roots, Part 5

October 17, 2023
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A perplexing aspect of the displacement mechanism is why it becomes excessive and destructive in some individuals.

In Search of Addiction’s Roots, Part 4

October 16, 2023
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The advantage of an interactive app is that you can hear it from peers who will attest to the fact that this works, and they want you to know it.

Displacing the Displacement, Continued

September 21, 2023
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Rechanneling a displacement activity into another displacement activity instead is not an ultimate cure but can be extremely helpful.

Feed the Enthusiasm, Part 2

September 19, 2023
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For many of us when experiencing a problem, “Eat it into submission” is the answer. Rechanneling overflow mental energy to a non-destructive behavior can help.

Nurture the Enthusiasm, Part 2

September 15, 2023
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In addition to dealing with the sources of the displacement, it also is possible to replace the displacement with another displacement that is less destructive.

Nurture the Enthusiasm

September 14, 2023
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It’s a good idea for parents to let a child follow an enthusiasm, no matter how silly or useless it might seem.

Strike a Spark

September 13, 2023
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One of the purposes of Brainweighve app is to teach users how to rechannel the overflow brain energy to non-harmful displacement behaviors.

Everybody’s Got ‘Em

September 12, 2023
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The Brainweighve app can help silence the “food noise,” the annoying and omnipresent background chatter that can plague those trying to lose weight.

Shushing the Food Noise, Part 2

September 11, 2023
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There are other ways than drugs to stop intrusive thoughts, including “food noise.” Dr. Pretlow has one solution, an app called BrainWeighve.

A Decade of Tech, Part 12

July 17, 2023
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EMFs interfere with the neurotransmitters that rule several departments of our lives, including sleep, learning ability, mood, motivation, and addictions.

A Decade of Tech, Part 11

July 14, 2023
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What is the relationship between being overweight and spending a lot of time on the phone? Some studies have looked into it.

A Decade of Tech, Part 4

June 30, 2023
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Let’s talk more about the combination of technology with the search for successful interventions to reduce childhood obesity.

A Decade of Tech, Part 2

June 28, 2023
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Substance or behavior, any plan to break addiction has to cover all the bases.

A Decade of Tech, Part 1

June 27, 2023
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This post takes a look at what technology has been doing in relation to childhood obesity, for better or worse, over the last 10 years or so.

Healthy Weight Week and BrainWeighve, Part 2

January 19, 2023
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This post continues to focus on the Healthy Weight Week suggestions made by the medical staff of Flushing Hospital in relation to the BrainWeighve phone app.

Healthy Weight Week and BrainWeighve, Part 1

January 18, 2023
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We mentioned National Healthy Weight Week, and today’s post focuses on the to-do list provided by Flushing Hospital, in aid of making it the healthiest.

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.

Dr. Pretlow’s Presentation and BrainWeighve

November 18, 2022
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People are able to retrain their brains to accept, and work with, alternative displacement mechanisms that are less harmful and more helpful than eating.

Everything You Know About Journaling Is Wrong

November 16, 2022
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Let’s look at journaling in light of the concepts embodied by BrainWeighve as the brain energy that leads to overeating can be used for better purposes.

Teen People — Parallel Tracks Make a Smoother Ride

November 15, 2022
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Handwriting (or printing, or maybe even doodling) is a great way to let the subconscious know that you expect something from it.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body — 3

November 14, 2022
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The hand-brain alliance can be a powerful force in helping us train our brains to give up their old, obesity-enabling ways and jump to a new track.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body, 2

November 11, 2022
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The BrainWeighve app was created to help us heal the psychological bruises that lead us into destructive relationships with food.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body

November 10, 2022
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With the BrainWeighve app, you have the option of sharing your thoughts and ideas at any time, with the hope that it might help someone else fight their demons.

Yes, Journaling — Continued

November 9, 2022
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Writing your journal entries by hand activates regions of the brain that are not touched by keyboarding, and changes the whole cognitive process.

Yes, Journaling

November 8, 2022
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Journaling is a method with a proven ability to permanently carve new pathways into the brain by exploiting the hand-brain connection.

The Hungry Brain, Continued

November 7, 2022
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Most obesity triggers are found in the brain, lying in wait to trip us up and urge us to consume. The BrainWeighve app can help fight against compulsion.

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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.
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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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