Coronavirus Chronicles — Hitting Kids Hard

December 30, 2021
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Teens and younger children are getting hit hard by COVID-19 and by Long COVID — lingering problems with fatigue and even heart disease.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Kids, Yes, It Happens 

December 29, 2021
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A sharp upward trend in COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations plus an update on multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, and “long COVID.”

Coronavirus Chronicles — Fat Cells and Long COVID

December 27, 2021
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The revelation that COVID hides in fat cells, provoking the release of inflammatory cytokines and other kinds of trouble, is causing a bit of a stir.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19

December 23, 2021
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Bariatric surgeries have increased during the pandemic because people understand the link between obesity and COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19, Continued

December 22, 2021
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Obesity has been the biggest predictor of COVID-19 fatality. For this and other reasons, bariatric surgery has been making it through the pandemic quite well.

Two More Brands of Seasonal Distress

December 20, 2021
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During the holidays, experts urge us to accept our feelings, resist partaking in traditions that bring pain, and look for and appreciate the good moments.

Seasonal Stress in Two Flavors

December 17, 2021
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The last few posts have been about seasonal stress, whose most obvious and apparent symptom is often overconsumption. Here are some tips on how to cope.

Wide-Ranging Stress Defenses

December 16, 2021
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The temptation to overcommit is huge but it can be resisted. When filling in the holiday calendar, remember that your plans could be disrupted.

Be the Change You Want to See

December 15, 2021
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Here are some tips, tricks, and coping strategies on how to navigate through stressful holidays without doubling our weight and ruining our health.

Plan, Delegate, and Reduce Holiday Stress

December 14, 2021
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First, sit down and figure out how to handle all the demands of the season, with the cunning and precision of a team planning a bank heist.

In Search of Holiday Sanity

December 13, 2021
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Childhood obesity is exemplified, endorsed, enabled, and empowered by adults. Remember it this holiday season.

Take It Easy on Yourself

December 10, 2021
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Not many aspects of life are perfect, and, to be sure, the holiday season will not be. Experts advise setting your intentions and expectations accordingly.

Save Us From Holiday Stress

December 9, 2021
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Whether it stems from bad stress or “eustress,” expectation anxiety does have an antidote, which is acceptance.

Screens, Stress, and Expectations

December 8, 2021
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We are allowed to set limits. We don’t need to announce them in a cruel or intolerant way, but we can set them. How?

Keeping Our Cool Over Winter Holidays

December 7, 2021
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Here are some more ways to take control of the holidays, or, at the very least, to cancel out the holiday season’s efforts to take control of us.

Get Out in Front of Holiday Stress

December 6, 2021
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One of the biggest favors we can do for posterity is to figure out how to navigate the holidays with grace and compassion — including compassion for ourselves.

Manage Holiday Stress and Eat Less!

December 3, 2021
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Whatever events are on the agenda, try to plan rationally and make allowance for obstacles. Make lists.

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2021
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People celebrate by eating and drinking to excess, but we’re not judging. Here’s a partial list of our holiday posts on how to stay healthy during the holidays.

Have It Both Ways

November 10, 2021
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A study of parents’ fast-food restaurant purchases finds that 74 percent of kids still receive unhealthy drinks and sides with their kids’ meals.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Grim Twins Still Lurking

November 4, 2021
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Childhood obesity was already a noteworthy trend, but the pandemic has caused this trend to soar to new levels. What can and should be done?

A Strong Voice Gains Traction, Continued

November 3, 2021
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Whether the trend of rejecting such descriptors as curvy, full-figured, plus-size, zaftig, etc. is healthy or counterproductive has been much discussed.

A Strong Voice Gains Traction

November 2, 2021
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Unapologetically obese people have some strong voices, and their point of view is sought by publications for reviews of entertainment based on obese characters.

Some Obese Characters

November 1, 2021
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In entertainment media, obesity is sometimes just a sub-theme, or comes with fat jokes and food jokes. Rarely it is about full-fledged human beings and respect.

Memo, Dumplin, and Performance

October 29, 2021
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Take a look at two movies that deal with trauma, fat-shaming, self-acceptance, and a wonderful celebration of big women.

A Coven of Healthy Halloween Inspirations

October 22, 2021
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Halloween doesn’t need to be an orgy of high-fructose corn syrup. Here are some creative ways to keep it healthy.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

October 6, 2021
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Many of the measures society takes to protect children from the virus can paradoxically end up worsening the problem by causing even more obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Two Mutually-Empowering Crises

October 4, 2021
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There is a case to be made for the idea that school with masks is better than no school, but some folks don’t see it that way.

Being Heard and Seen

September 30, 2021
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Let’s recap at the close of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Media and awareness are conjoined twins.

More Voices of Those Portrayed

September 29, 2021
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Awareness means that the psychological ramifications around weight are pervasive, especially when people struggling with weight issues tell their own stories.

Voices of Those Portrayed

September 28, 2021
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Much is written and said about people who carry extra pounds, and thanks to the open nature of media, there is ample opportunity for them to have their say too.

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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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