A Birds-Eye View of BED

June 20, 2024
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Here’s an overview of the current treatment options for Binge Eating Disorder, including a perspective on which approaches are likely to be most effective.

Beware the Coax Coach

June 18, 2024
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Many holidays share common traits, such as being the occasion of much overconsumption of not only food but other substances.

BED, a Friend, and You

June 11, 2024
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Solutions are needed because BED is a disorder that seriously affects the quality of life for millions of humans.

Can Web-Based Self-Help Interventions Help With BED?

June 10, 2024
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A recent JAMA Network Open study assessed the effectiveness of web-based self-help interventions in alleviating binge eating disorder (BED).

Binge-Eating Disorder and the Mayo Clinic

June 6, 2024
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For such a prevalent disorder, binge eating retains an aura of mystery. Even the esteemed Mayo Clinic can only offer guesses as to its cause.

The Support Matrix for Mental Health Diagnostics

June 4, 2024
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The world has a lot to say about binge eating. Sometimes the search for a more precise definition leads off into fascinating side roads.

Some Binge-Eating Basics

May 30, 2024
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With binge eating, it’s easy for a person to rationalize, justify, defend, self-excuse, self-extenuate, self-validate, and self-vindicate.

Will the Cheaper Weight Loss Regimens Replace GLP-1 Drugs?

May 29, 2024
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Eventually, GLP-1 drugs might become available as generics, possibly eliminating the need for cheaper alternatives. But for now, affordability is a major issue.

Binge-Eating Self-Talk

May 28, 2024
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This kind of talk can lead to delusions and justifying unhealthy behavior. But we can be pretty good at it.

A Very Heterogeneous Group

May 23, 2024
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Dr. Meule warns about making unwarranted assumptions about certain eating disorders and their relation to classically-framed addiction.

Study Finds That Severe Childhood Obesity Can Cut Life Expectancy in Half

May 22, 2024
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Severe childhood obesity can drastically reduce life expectancy, cutting it nearly in half, according to a recent global study.

Fooling the Body With Filler

May 21, 2024
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Soluble dietary fiber has long been recommended for its stomach-filling effect. It has been found to slow gastric emptying and increase perceived satiety.

Upgrade the Parenting Tools

May 16, 2024
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We have been exploring the realm of role modeling, also known as setting a good example. Let’s not let our kids grow up to be bad examples!

New Research Highlights Importance of Sugar Source in Childhood Obesity

May 15, 2024
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European Congress on Obesity reveals intriguing findings about the source of sugar and how it relates to childhood obesity.

Obesity Villains, Inadequate Premises, and Unclear Conclusions

May 9, 2024
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Today’s post checks out the remaining causes that were examined in a 2009 paper, to see how they have held up over time.

Semaglutide and Psychiatric Risk

May 8, 2024
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GLP-1 weight loss drugs recently came under scrutiny for their potential psychiatric side effects.

Sleep Debt, an Obesity Villain Suspect

May 7, 2024
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Does sleep duration affect the biological mediators of energy homeostasis and appetite? Apparently, yes.

Obesity Villains Examined

May 2, 2024
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Over the years, Childhood Obesity News has pointed the finger at numerous villains who share varying degrees of culpability for obesity.

A Putative Contributor, Continued

April 30, 2024
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It is so easy to slide back into the judgmental, punitive version of theorizing about obesity’s origins and blame every obese person directly.

A Putative Contributor

April 25, 2024
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We discuss a paper that cast doubt on or debunked some commonly held beliefs about the causes of obesity and supported others.

Obesity Villains Exonerated

April 23, 2024
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This is an extension of the recent post that discusses a 2009 paper that looked closely at many accepted or alleged causes of obesity.

Obesity Villains Reconsidered

April 18, 2024
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Obesity appears to follow the pattern of having not only a gigantic, pervasive cause or two, but an arsenal of little tricks to bring people under its sway.

What, No Party? No Cake?

April 16, 2024
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Research shows that children and adolescents are experiencing obesity on a scale that would have been impossible to imagine, say, back in the 1990s.

Descriptions and Terminology

April 11, 2024
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The stress eater, the nervous eater, the bored eater, and the emotionally traumatized eater, all have the same goal — experience comfort.

The Latest on the GLP-1 Weight Loss Medications

April 10, 2024
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We continue looking at the latest headlines in the fascinating and controversial world of GLP-1 weight loss drugs.

A Candy Revolution?

April 9, 2024
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Here’s how Ryan Trahan followed his dream of creating something from nothing and building a meaningful life from the ground up.

Even the Most Fortunate Must Struggle

April 4, 2024
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Many college-age kids are adversely sensitive to overstimulation by noise and light, and self-medicate with the wrong kinds of food, and too much of it.

Childhood Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Multiple Sclerosis, Swedish Study Finds

April 3, 2024
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A Swedish study suggests that obese children may face more than double the risk of developing multiple sclerosis as adults.

How Be Pro-Active and Protective

March 28, 2024
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Childhood is the time to spread out before a young human the smorgasbord of possibilities, consisting not of food items but of experience items.

Shame, Blame, and Oprah’s Special

March 20, 2024
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Oprah talks candidly about her own experience trying to lose weight in a special that aired on March 18 and is getting a lot of attention.

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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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