Obesity and Language, Part 4

June 2, 2023
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Given the negative effects of stigma among children with obesity, it is imperative to advocate for PCL use within the medical community.

Obesity and Language, Part 3

June 1, 2023
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We’ve been looking at a 2015 paper that explored the pros and cons of policing the language around obesity and how better methods might be implemented.

Obesity and Language, Part 2

May 31, 2023
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There is still more to say about the subjects broached in yesterday’s gleanings from a paper titled, “What’s in a Word? On Weight Stigma and Terminology.”

Obesity and Language, Part 1

May 30, 2023
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Words can become labels, and labels have a tendency to become stigmatizing.

The Mystery of Noncompliant Behavior

May 26, 2023
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What causes noncompliance from the patient? Resentment toward authority (the physician, in this case) is not the only obstacle to communication.

The Fat Tax in Medicine

May 25, 2023
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People with obesity are accustomed to paying a “fat tax” at clothing stores, and when buying tickets for air travel, and in medical offices.

Some Problem Areas

May 24, 2023
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Some studies show that conscious and unconscious negative attitudes from healthcare professionals impact the treatment and care of people living with obesity.

The Strong Voice of Aubrey Gordon

May 23, 2023
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For quite a few years, Aubrey Gordon was known to the world only as Your Fat Friend. Her first published opinion piece was read by around 40,000 people.

Weight-Loss Drugs — Bait and Switch?

May 22, 2023
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People have all kinds of reasons to pursue weight loss, but then they might discover they have been sold a life-long chemical dependency.

Till Death Us Do Part, Continued

May 19, 2023
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In a large number of cases the new weight-loss medications only work while the person is taking them.

Till Death Us Do Part

May 18, 2023
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Here is more about the same weight-loss drugs, the ones based on synthetic GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), that have been referenced in several recent posts.

On the Rebound, Continued

May 17, 2023
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With weight-loss drugs, the rebound effect is to be expected, and no one should be shocked by the body’s tendency to pile the weight back on again.

On the Rebound

May 16, 2023
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The “rebound effect” is brutal. Here are only a few of the many available opinions about that, from diverse sources.

Weight-Loss Drugs, Exercise, and General Functionality

May 15, 2023
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While taking obesity management drugs it is essential to maintain a high level of exercise to not only lose fat but build muscle mass.

Weight-Loss Drugs and Exercise

May 12, 2023
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Weight-loss drugs are intended to be used along with deliberate diet modification and perpetual exercise, but not everyone wants to hear it.

Weight-Loss Drugs, Safety, and the Brain

May 11, 2023
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People might tend to think that if the FDA approves something, then it must be okay. As an antidote to that delusion consider this.

What Else Can Weight Loss Drugs Do?

May 10, 2023
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The avoidance of side effects might depend on a person’s shunning of entire categories of food while using tirzepatide.

Weight-Loss Drugs and Pregnancy

May 9, 2023
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The semaglutide drugs Ozempic and Wegovy, intended to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity, respectively, are a risky bet for pregnant people.

What Else Can Tirzepatide Do?

May 8, 2023
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In addition to the possibility of hypoglycemia, this drug has been known to cause hair loss, which sounds bad.

What Tirzepatide Can Do

May 5, 2023
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The possible side effects of tirzepatide, currently marketed only as Mounjaro, range from embarrassing (like burping) to quite serious.

The Equivocal Promise of Tirzepatide

May 4, 2023
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Soon it might be legal to prescribe Mounjaro (the only medication that contains tirzepatide) to obese young teens.

The Allure of Tirzepatide, Continued

May 3, 2023
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Testing had made it clear that tirzepatide might turn out to be the most spectacularly effective weight-loss drug ever, but what are the downsides?

The Allure of Tirzepatide

May 2, 2023
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The latest new anti-obesity wonder drug, tirzepatide, is raising hopes everywhere on behalf of morbidly obese individuals (except those with type 1 diabetes).

Fries and the Causal Pathway

May 1, 2023
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Fried foods are crunchy and chewy and also involve a lot of hand-to-mouth motion, providing high displacement activity value for people with anxiety.

Rechanneling the Displacement

April 28, 2023
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Eating is ideally positioned as the go-to displacement mechanism because food is everywhere, it’s a common behavior and is part of many interactions.

News Flash: Kids Are Different

April 27, 2023
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In addition to dealing with the sources of the displacement, it also is possible to replace the displacement with another displacement that is less destructive.

Displacement’s Two Faces

April 26, 2023
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It’s possible that a child who overeats can be induced to try some of life’s other satisfying activities, like the ones Dr. Pretlow’s team has suggested.

The Value of a Passion

April 25, 2023
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The good news is that you can control your displacement mechanism, and your overeating will stop.

Extirpate the Roots of Addiction

April 24, 2023
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If the displacement mechanism accounts for overeating, then targeting this mechanism in treatment should facilitate significant reductions in overeating.

Uproot the Seeds of Addiction

April 21, 2023
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Sure, eating can reduce stress in the short term, but ultimately it creates situations that produce more stress, with all kinds of negative consequences.

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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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