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.

Schools and IDEA Disabilities

July 14, 2021
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We are discussing the ways in which obesity impedes progress in achieving superior grades.

Schools Take On the Task

July 13, 2021
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The process involved in BMI assessment can be tedious, embarrassing, and even frightening to children. It’s a job for trained personnel, not school employees.

Schools and Expectations

July 12, 2021
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What are the rules for qualification as a disabled person in the education system, and how does it affect how childhood obesity is viewed and handled?

How Much Should Schools Care?

July 9, 2021
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Schools play an important role in reducing childhood obesity, we also have to consider the confidentiality of student academic and health records.

What Should Schools Care About?

July 8, 2021
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Who gets to define physical and mental health in schools? Parents, politicians, teachers, school administrators?

Schools and Obesity Tracking

July 7, 2021
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What should schools be doing about obesity, and on whose say-so? What happens if they go too far, or don’t go far enough?

Should Schools Stay in Their Lane?

July 6, 2021
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When it comes to children’s health policies, should schools mind their own business? And to what extent? There doesn’t seem to be an agreement.

Talking It Out

July 1, 2021
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“Motivational Interviewing” has proven to be very useful in helping people with addictions. This post examines the use of Motivational Interviewing in helping to achieve a healthy weight.

The Exemplary State of Colorado

June 30, 2021
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Regardless of its obesity rates growing steadily for 20 years in the recent past, Colorado is currently the least obese state in the country.

Who’s Who in Obesity

June 29, 2021
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If you look at the obesity stats by state, you’ll see there is a very strong correlation between obesity, lack of exercise, and a needlessly shortened lifespan.

Growth Not Always Good

June 28, 2021
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It is not surprising that the motives and methods of weight-loss proponents (and opponents) are sometimes questioned.

Good Intentions, Bad Practice?

June 25, 2021
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The earlier obesity starts, the more difficult it is to escape. The longer it continues, the longer it will take to shed the pounds. Early intervention is key.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Gang of Two

June 24, 2021
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Obesity and the coronavirus, having apparently sworn a blood oath to support each other to the bitter end, are still thick as thieves.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Covert Threat of Toxoplasmosis

June 21, 2021
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According to some research findings, there are grounds for suspicion that feline pets could be a vector for the transmission of COVID within a family.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Are There Grounds for Ignoring COVID-19?

June 16, 2021
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We are interested in the coronavirus as both a result of obesity and as a contributing factor to it.

Helpers Face Roadblocks

June 11, 2021
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Children and teens are even less equipped than adults to get in touch with their feelings, often lacking the vocabulary or the emotional freedom to open up.

Parents As Supportive Helpers

June 10, 2021
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Do we make light of our children’s ambitions for self-betterment? Do we tease them, or undermine their spirits by asserting that they will never succeed?

There Is No “Muse” in Motivation

June 8, 2021
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Here is more of the story of John Stone, who taught himself discipline to turn his life around and lead a healthy lifestyle while inspiring others.

Pro Tips on Screen Time

June 4, 2021
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Childhood Obesity News has been looking at the notion that sleeping with artificial light is associated with and/or causative of weight gain.

Light — Not Always Enlightening

June 3, 2021
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Low-quality sleep affects organisms like low-quality food. It can keep a creature alive and functioning, but it is not capital-L Life.

The Assault of Light and Sound

June 2, 2021
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With TV, it’s not just the noise or the disturbing subject matter or the commercials for sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food that lead to childhood obesity.

Does Light Make Us Heavy?

June 1, 2021
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Could sleep-disruptive shifts in light negatively influence eating behavior, and even promote addiction? Some studies point out the link to obesity.

Wider Education, Other Facets

May 28, 2021
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We’ve been discussing how TV noise might affect the sleep of the young, especially small children and first-year college students.

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Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

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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.
You can contact Dr. Pretlow at:


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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