BrainWeighve, Self-Esteem, and Self-Awareness

September 30, 2022
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Self-awareness is the key to unlocking doors that you may not even realize exist.

Paul Mason, Addict 1

September 27, 2022
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We trace the journey of the (previously) world’s fattest man from England to the USA and back to his homeland, and look at the roots of his food addiction.

Paul Mason, Fat Kid

September 26, 2022
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We continue discussing the life story of Paul Mason, the formerly The World’s Fattest Man.

Dental Health Awareness is Crucial — United Kingdom

September 23, 2022
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Dental problems often coexist with obesity, creating a two-faceted health dilemma for large numbers of both civilian and military personnel.

Dental Health Awareness Is Crucial — USA

September 22, 2022
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This post dives a little deeper into the topic of childhood obesity in relation to a country’s military preparedness.

Globesity Awareness, Be Raised More!

September 21, 2022
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Let’s take a look at the variety and nutrition found in a typical school lunch around the world.

Globesity Awareness, Be Raised!

September 20, 2022
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One very timely report looks at global childhood obesity from some angles that are not often considered.

Obesity Awareness and Mission: Readiness

September 19, 2022
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Mission: Readiness is part of the Council for a Strong America. Obesity prevention is one of the group’s agendas.

Childhood Obesity and National Security

September 16, 2022
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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month encompasses many areas of life, including military preparedness. Here’s why.

Awareness Month All Year

September 15, 2022
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Earlier this year, nine American cities were given awards to combat childhood obesity. Here’s a look at their programs.

Awareness by the Numbers

September 14, 2022
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September is the Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Now is a good time to look at the childhood obesity rates and what’s being done to help prevent it.

Cosy Up With COSI

September 13, 2022
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“Surveillance” is not everyone’s favorite word, but the European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) is trying to do something useful.

A Circuitous Route to an Answer?

September 2, 2022
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Why is it seemingly so rare for a child to be able to exercise her or his way out of obesity?

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 3

August 22, 2022
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This is a continuation of comments related to the presentation Dr. Pretlow gave at the World Obesity Federation Conference in 2019.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 2

August 19, 2022
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This continues a look at Dr. Pretlow’s presentation about addiction and displacement theory, touching on the Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Year of COVID 2022

August 12, 2022
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In 2021, the federal government released the information that in 2020, COVID-19 was the third most common cause of death in the USA.

Everything You know About Fat Is Wrong — Probably

August 10, 2022
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We’re back with another installment of the history of why people are so confused about dietary fat, even nutrition experts.

Everything You Know About Fat Is Wrong, Perhaps — Continued

August 9, 2022
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Big Fat doesn’t need to convince customers, just confuse them. Like the tobacco industry.

Everything You Know About Fat Is Wrong, Perhaps

August 8, 2022
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Some studies advocated for polyunsaturated fats and have influenced the machinery of the U.S. government to deprecate saturated fat.

Everything You Know About Fat Is Contradictory

August 5, 2022
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Many studies had proved that eating saturated fat makes a person’s blood cholesterol rise, with generally bad results, maybe even leading to a heart attack.

Everything You Know About Fat Is Wrong, Maybe

August 4, 2022
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Over the years, the Center for Science in the Public Interest held some contradicting beliefs regarding saturated fat.

Homeostasis — a Word and a Paradox

July 28, 2022
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Everybody, and literally every body, is out there trying to maintain balance while satisfying their drives and avoiding a terrible fall.

It’s Complicated, Continued

July 27, 2022
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Drive-reduction theory accepts and glorifies drives as the only possible influencers of human behavior; and the satisfaction of drives as our purpose in life.

Drive-Reduction Theory — It’s Complicated

July 26, 2022
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In the area of drive-reduction theory, people seem to have different ideas about definitions. How is this tied to the displacement theory?

Furry and Feathered Kids

July 25, 2022
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It is noteworthy when a cat uses the scratching post after a stressful encounter. Every animal has its own signifiers.

Do Animals Know What to Do?

July 20, 2022
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Where does drive-reduction theory come in, when animals experience a drive to preserve themselves from burning alive? What happens in a fire?

Drive-Reduction Theory Dissected

July 19, 2022
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Does the drive-reduction theory work well for simple motivations? For animals, sure. For humans, not so much.

What Is Drive-Reduction Theory?

July 18, 2022
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It seems that in its simplest form, drive-reduction theory has to do with physiological (bodily) needs. It’s more complicated though.

Even Behind Closed Doors

July 14, 2022
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Here are some alternative things that children can do indoors rather than stare at screens. Even a small amount of motion is more beneficial than inactivity.

For the Sake of Movement

July 13, 2022
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Mental and emotional problems can manifest through the body, and destructive fat is one of their favorite channels.

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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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