Awareness Equals Media

September 22, 2021
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We keep exploring the edutainment-fatsploitation spectrum in acknowledgment of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here’s the story of Barry Austin.

The Edutainment — Fatsploitation Spectrum

September 21, 2021
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At what point does edutainment ooze across the line into fatsploitation? And how much the media are to be blamed?

Edutainment and Jim Gaffigan’s Books

September 20, 2021
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Standup comedian Jim Gaffigan’s books provide helpful insights into childhood obesity and relay his self-acceptance in terms of embracing his love of food.

Obese Adult Voices and Awareness

September 17, 2021
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Are TV shows like The Biggest Loser educational and inspirational, or detrimental? What type of awareness is actually raised?

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Edutainment

September 16, 2021
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Edutainment can have physical aspects and play an important role in childhood obesity prevention.

The Last of Daniel Lambert

September 15, 2021
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This post wraps up the story of Daniel Lambert, who, during his lifetime, was the largest human being known to have ever lived.

Media Awareness and Daniel Lambert

September 14, 2021
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Born in England in 1770, Daniel Lambert was the largest human in recorded history and a popular figure on London’s social scene. Here’s his story.

Like Giving a Heroin Addict Drugs

September 13, 2021
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During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we are examining the media’s role in creating awareness, and the reasons why that can be a double-edged sword.

Obesity, Awareness, and Media

September 10, 2021
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During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, it is useful to consider some wider and deeper reflections on awareness and the sometimes toxic price of fame.

The End of the Barry Austin Story

September 9, 2021
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In honor of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we’re revisiting the story of Barry Austin, who had held the title of Britain’s Fattest Man for a while.

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 — More Books

September 7, 2021
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We celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness month by highlighting a few books on the subject.

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.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Who Catches Covid-19? (Encore)

August 25, 2021
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Some people still believe that COVID-19 only pursues elderly, obese, diabetic, chronically ill, or otherwise previously debilitated people. But no.

Survival Imperatives Are Not What They Used to Be

August 20, 2021
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The compulsion to scarf down mounds of calorie-dense food might stem from a very deep-rooted survival instinct, but we need to watch what we eat more than ever.

A Blast From the Past

August 19, 2021
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Increasingly, kids are getting far too many of their daily calories from processed foods that attract recreational eaters, but do little to maintain health.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Dr. Brilliant and the Pandemic

August 5, 2021
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From a heart full of compassion, the “hippie doctor” Larry Brilliant expresses some thoughts on herd immunity, contact tracing, vaccinating kids, and more.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Strange Notions and Increasing Alarm

August 2, 2021
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Healthy, fit people seem to be coming down with COVID all over the place. Every day, we see horror stories. And the obesity stats aren’t helping either.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Unclear on the Concept

July 30, 2021
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People say, “America is back,” but they are deceiving themselves. The virus is back. It never went away. We may be done with COVID, but it is not done with us.

Obesity, Schools and Personnel, Continued

July 29, 2021
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It is not that easy to find definitive reports of what actually goes on in schools, rather than guidelines and other literature of the aspirational type.

Obesity, Schools and Personnel

July 28, 2021
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With all the time and energy that will be needed to deal with COVID-related matters, it appears that working in schools in any capacity will be stressful.

Schools Trying Their Best

July 27, 2021
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With COVID-19, school routines have been disrupted and priorities have shifted. Everybody is just doing the best they can with what they have.

Obesity and Establishments — Whose Opinion Counts?

July 26, 2021
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The friction between parental rights and society’s demands will always make the handling of matters like obesity fraught with problems.

Obesity and Schools — Who’s In Charge?

July 23, 2021
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There are around 100,000 public schools in the USA and your children’s health can depend on who’s in charge.

Obesity and Establishments

July 22, 2021
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This is by no means comprehensive coverage of the law as it pertains to obesity. The object is to look at a few moments in history to grasp the big picture.

Defining Obesity Under the Law

July 21, 2021
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The 2008 ADA amendments, rather than clarifying matters, had seemed to inspire even more confusion about whether obesity should qualify as a disability.

Hey Uncle Sam, Mind Your Own Business

July 20, 2021
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Today we look at the kinds of questions that schools have been asking parents in an effort to lower childhood obesity rates.

Different Strokes for Different States

July 19, 2021
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We continue looking at the complications that can stand in the way of student fitness screening, which mainly tracks obesity in school children.

Schools and Misconceptions

July 16, 2021
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Some parents strongly object to certain aspects of the school system, and this is one of the stumbling blocks impeding progress toward curbing childhood obesity.

Schools and Stumbling Blocks

July 15, 2021
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Many parents prefer a solid barrier between home and outside authority, and have strong opinions about what should or should not be the school’s business.

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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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