AAP Guidelines and Backlash, Part 5

February 2, 2023
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The factors that contribute to childhood obesity include genetic, physiologic, socio-economic, and environmental, among many more peripheral factors.

AAP Guidelines and Backlash, Part 4

February 1, 2023
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The anti-obesity guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, revised for the first time in 15 years, have caused quite a flurry.

AAP Guidelines and Backlash, Part 3

January 31, 2023
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The previous post left off by discussing how healthcare providers need to avoid stigmatizing language when talking with parents and children.

AAP Guidelines and Backlash, Part 2

January 30, 2023
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When it comes to childhood obesity, behavior “modeling,” as in setting a good example, not much progress seems to have been made in the past decades.

AAP Guidelines and Backlash, Part 1

January 27, 2023
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After a 15-year pause, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new set of childhood obesity guidelines earlier this year. Not everyone agrees with them.

Intuitive Eating, Part 3

January 26, 2023
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From the two previous posts we might have guessed that few medical professionals in the obesity field are on board with Intuitive Eating, but in this mixed-up world of today, that could always change. Not surprisingly, Elyse Resch, one of the Intuitive …

Intuitive Eating, Part 2

January 25, 2023
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What is intuitive eating, and is it good for us? We continue the short series with the second post on the subject.

Intuitive Eating — Bad Idea, or Terrible Idea?

January 24, 2023
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What is intuitive eating? Dietitians and book authors Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole are proponents of “intuitive eating,” and here are some details.

No Name-Calling, Please!

January 20, 2023
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Today is the last day of this year’s National No Name-Calling Week. Unfortunately, people are called names and subjected to many sorts of bullying all the time.

National Healthy Weight Week

January 17, 2023
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Next week’s purpose is not only to increase awareness of these societal ills but to encourage each individual to recommit to the goal of not becoming obese.

Displacement, a Partial Roundup

January 13, 2023
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Here’s part four of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Displacement Thoughts With Particular Slants

January 12, 2023
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Here’s part three of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Displacement Mechanism Posts

January 11, 2023
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Here’s part two of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

Some Posts About Displacement

January 10, 2023
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Here’s part one of the roundup of our posts on the subject of displacement behaviors, which includes comfort eating.

And We Wonder Why We Are Fat?

January 9, 2023
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The list of national food days is astounding. Almost every day is designated National Whatever Food Day, and several days honor more than one food.

Lose Weight, Feel Great Week

January 6, 2023
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National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week aims for a positive body image and establishing a healthy relationship with food. Learn more.

New Findings Revive Controversy

January 3, 2023
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A couple of interesting stories came out last year about childhood obesity research that might turn out to be game-changing. Learn more.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 12

December 27, 2022
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New Year’s Eve is pretty much a grownup occasion, but as always, the kids are watching, and they see more than we realize.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 11

December 26, 2022
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As terrible as a holiday gathering can seem even to an emotionally healthy person, for someone struggling with a serious issue it can be a nightmare.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 10

December 22, 2022
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Here’s how you can keep stress levels low in adults and not transfer them to children because emotional turmoil is a direct cause of overeating at any age.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 9

December 21, 2022
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This and every holiday season, we can’t stress enough the importance of managing expectations, hydration, self-care, and staying away from unhealthy food.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 8

December 20, 2022
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It’s up to parents and guardians to manage children’s expectations around the holidays.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 7

December 19, 2022
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Something about this season brings the serious problem of childhood obesity into special awareness.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 6

December 16, 2022
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Here’s another post with cogent reminders about the importance of mental health during the winter holidays, especially if a person is dealing with issues.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 5

December 15, 2022
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Somehow the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a blur, and the next thing we know, it’s three days until Christmas and our clothes don’t fit anymore.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 4

December 14, 2022
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If you find even one idea that can change the compulsive eating dynamic which seems to rule the holiday season, that’s a plus.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 3

December 13, 2022
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Do we want mental and physical health for 2023? Yes, please! Here is a review of hints for fitness and sanity over the winter holidays.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 2

December 12, 2022
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Here are more short hints about our holiday-related posts.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 1

December 9, 2022
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Here is a collection of Childhood Obesity News posts on a sometimes difficult subject, the winter holidays.

Everything You Know About Thrifty Genes Is Wrong — 6

December 8, 2022
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An adaptation that benefits one organ or system at the expense of others is not the best answer.

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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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Presentations

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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