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.

Parents, Proactive and Protective

March 19, 2024
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Yes, the global marketing machine is powerful, but parents do not have to hopelessly surrender to it. Resistance to junk food is possible.

The Washing of the Brains

March 14, 2024
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No surprise there, but both children and adults are vulnerable to having their lives negatively impacted by junk food advertising.

Study Confirms Genetic Link in BMI As Global Obesity Reaches Alarming Levels

March 13, 2024
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A new study from Norway confirms that a combination of genetics and environment causes a parent’s weight to affect the weight of their kids.

Sometimes You Don’t Know What to Think

March 12, 2024
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What are the effective methods in weight management and reducing childhood obesity? Opinions vary. This is what research shows.

Tempest in a Very Large Teapot

March 7, 2024
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Learn more about the voluntary demotion of superstar Oprah Winfrey from her almost decade-long seat as a Weight Watchers board member.

BPA Study Finds Different Gut Microbiota’s Response Based on BMI

March 6, 2024
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A Spanish study finds that children with normal weight hosted more diverse bacteria and showed greater resilience to BPA than the overweight ones.

Landmark — Junk Food Legally Defined

March 5, 2024
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There’s a proven correlation between increasing child obesity and the ever-mounting abundance of ultra-processed foods in stores and family kitchens.

Relating to the Classics

February 29, 2024
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One might think the synergy between sporting events and recreational eating could not go back much further, but one would be mistaken.

Like a Horse and Carriage

February 27, 2024
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It is in the best interest of Big Junk Food to normalize the consumption of crap on every possible occasion, and the industry’s publicity machine is excellent.

How Big Is 10 Billion?

February 22, 2024
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The United States food industry spends $10 billion on marketing. Here’s what 10 billion looks like when we put it in perspective and compare it to other causes.

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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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