Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Careers

January 13, 2022
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Long COVID tends to destroy careers, and the victims are not just people with low-income service jobs.

Coronavirus Chronicles — It Loves Kids Just the Way They Are

January 12, 2022
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If the virus had eyes, its eyes would light up at the sight of a chubby child, and without waiting for an invitation, it would climb aboard.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity Plus COVID-19 Plus More

January 11, 2022
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People with diabetes are more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, and this brings us back to the cozy relationship between COVID and obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Other Deep Dives Into Obesity Plus COVID

January 10, 2022
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Long COVID symptoms may be falsely attributed to obesity alone, rather than share the responsibility with COVID. There is plenty of room for misdiagnosis.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Another Deep Dive Into Obesity Plus COVID

January 7, 2022
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Compared to less weighty people, the obese are more likely to get PASC, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2., or Long COVID.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity and COVID-19, Deep Dives

January 5, 2022
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Obesity helps COVID, and COVID returns the favor by helping fat. Here’s how.

Coronavirus Chronicles — PASC and Kids, Not a Pretty Picture

January 4, 2022
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Long COVID can follow children for years, leading to cardiac, pulmonary, or cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

Coronavirus Chronicles — By Any Other Name, Just As Awful

January 3, 2022
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Long COVID now has an official name: “post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection” (PASC). Whatever you call it, the health impacts for children are unclear.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Hitting Kids Hard

December 30, 2021
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Teens and younger children are getting hit hard by COVID-19 and by Long COVID — lingering problems with fatigue and even heart disease.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Kids, Yes, It Happens 

December 29, 2021
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A sharp upward trend in COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations plus an update on multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, and “long COVID.”

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity, Long COVID, and a Mystery

December 28, 2021
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There really needs to be more awareness about the fact that children can and do get “long-haul COVID.”

Coronavirus Chronicles — Fat Cells and Long COVID

December 27, 2021
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The revelation that COVID hides in fat cells, provoking the release of inflammatory cytokines and other kinds of trouble, is causing a bit of a stir.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19

December 23, 2021
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Bariatric surgeries have increased during the pandemic because people understand the link between obesity and COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19, Continued

December 22, 2021
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Obesity has been the biggest predictor of COVID-19 fatality. For this and other reasons, bariatric surgery has been making it through the pandemic quite well.

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?

Coronavirus Chronicles — Let’s End This!

December 1, 2021
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We simply do not want any more people to get COVID-19, especially kids and their parents, and the medical personnel we count on to help us survive.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Caring Is Needed

November 29, 2021
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A new COVID variant has shown up in South Africa, and as it soon might be found around the globe, we must take care of our healthcare professionals.

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.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Just a Few More Ethnic Implications

November 23, 2021
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Children with obesity or another pre-existing condition are particularly apt to contract COVID-19, and more likely to experience a serious case.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Ethnic Implications

November 22, 2021
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Obesity and coronavirus are mutually beneficial. They create and select victims for each other.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Ethnic Implications, Continued

November 17, 2021
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Because COVID-19 seems to have a special affinity for fat cells, a lot of children who catch the disease are overweight or obese already.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Ethnic Implications

November 16, 2021
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COVID-19 disproportionately targets Latino and other ethnic communities, and adding obesity to the equation is a recipe for disaster.

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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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