Everything You Know About Breastfeeding Is Wrong, Continued Again

May 27, 2022
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Following the two previous posts, we go deeper into two sub-topics: birth by surgery and the suspected reason why that seems to contribute to childhood obesity.

Everything You Know About Breastfeeding Is Wrong, Continued

May 26, 2022
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We continue our discussion about the actual expense involved in breastfeeding, which is believed to help prevent obesity.

Everything You Know About Breastfeeding Is Wrong

May 25, 2022
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Baby formula’s current, heavily politicized supply chain problem presents an opportunity to make several points when planning to breastfeed.

Happiness Quotient vs. Obesity, Continued

May 23, 2022
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Some countries have a fortunate genetic heritage that leaves their feel-good genes unfettered, making them happy countries. Let’s look at the inner workings.

Happiness Quotient vs. Obesity

May 20, 2022
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Do certain genes exert influence over a person’s likelihood of developing an addiction to food and/or eating? It does seem likely.

Obesity and Addiction Debate Points

April 28, 2022
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We live in an environment that creates food addicts on purpose.

Obesity and Addiction Debates

April 27, 2022
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It appears to Dr. Pretlow, as well as to leaders in addiction science, that addiction and obesity both stem from one source.

More History of a Concept

April 21, 2022
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How much does it matter whether or not the client is invested in the addiction paradigm? For one, a recovering addict has to acknowledge the loss of control.

Some Addictive History

April 20, 2022
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The longer society continues arguing policy and regulatory points, the longer we can put off needing to really do something.

Food Addiction Angles

April 19, 2022
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The Food Addiction Institute (FAI) says that 87 million Americans are obese, and maybe half of those fulfill the FAI’s definition of addicted.

Addiction and Displacement

April 11, 2022
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It’s not the food that is addictive, it’s the eating. This offers hope that the displacement mechanism may be useful in the treatment of eating addiction.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Addiction

April 8, 2022
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The big difference between overeating and the overuse of heroin, or even caffeine, is that a person can live without heroin and caffeine, but not without food.

Ingestive Behavior Gone Awry

April 7, 2022
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Leaders in addiction science concur that addiction and obesity both reflect the consequences of ingestive behavior gone awry.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Yes, Kids Get COVID-19

April 6, 2022
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“Kids don’t get COVID-19.” “They don’t get it very bad.” “They don’t spread it around.” Simultaneously, things constantly happen to prove otherwise.

Coronavirus — Denial and Delusions

April 5, 2022
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Some assessments ignore the mounting evidence that long COVID is a very real threat to children, and the links between COVID and obesity are ominous too.

Kids, COVID, and Numbers

April 1, 2022
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A look at the tug-of-war between COVID-19 restriction loosening and restriction tightening as it has continued to play out over the past months.

Shady Doings at the DGA

March 31, 2022
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans was criticized for its too-cozy relationship with the food and pharma industries, and for conflicts of interest.

Confusion Over How to Make Every Bite Count

March 30, 2022
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We listen to experts on what type of fuel to put into our car. If only we would pay a similar amount of attention to what we put into our bodies.

Make Every Bite Count

March 29, 2022
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Research also shows that the average American achieves a score of only 58 (out of a possible 100) on the Healthy Eating Index quiz.

The Industry As an Agent of Addiction

March 28, 2022
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More the substance addiction vs. behavioral addiction debate, how it relates to childhood obesity, and how much the Big Food industry might be responsible.

The Unpleasant Secrets of Coke

March 25, 2022
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Here we are in an obesogenic environment with a lot of obesogenic habits, and more to eat in a day than our great-grandpas had in a week.

Big Food and the One-Two Punch

March 24, 2022
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Unlike some other influencers, who specialize in only one type, Big Food not only produces the substance but helps to form and mold the behavior.

They Knew It Was Bad

March 23, 2022
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If the food business is a game, we the customers are the pawns. If it is a war, we the consumers are the casualties.

One Food Addiction Factor, Continued Yet Again

March 22, 2022
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Is food addictive in the same sense as heroin and cocaine? Or in some other way? Or in more than one way? And if so, what are we supposed to do about it?

One Food Addiction Factor, Continued Twice

March 21, 2022
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A particularly revelatory and pertinent story was that of Howard Moskowitz, a psychologist with wizard-like capabilities in product optimization.

One Food Addiction Factor, Continued

March 18, 2022
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The Big Food industry was catching heat and tried to figure out how to deal with the emerging obesity epidemic. But very little came of it.

One Food Addiction Factor

March 17, 2022
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We’ve been looking at food addiction as substance addiction, or as a behavioral addiction. But the possibilities do not end at two.

Food Addiction and the Foundations of Discussion

March 16, 2022
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Because we are human, some see food addiction as a societal problem, others don’t see the connection between FA and childhood obesity.

Lab Rats and Viet Vets — Two Unconventional Teachers

March 15, 2022
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Some research shows that substance abuse is a question of personal vulnerability, whether it is physically based on genetic heritage or is psychological.

Lessons From Viet Vets

March 14, 2022
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Veteran addicts had not become users in their own familiar environments, so many recovered when they came home. Let’s think about it in light of food addiction?

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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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