Is Laughter Always Good Medicine?

November 28, 2022
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Now when it tends to reinforce the constant tendency to compare bodies, and even contribute to the increase in eating disorders.

“My Mad Fat Diary” — A Series

November 23, 2022
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The show has been called unusually honest about mental health problems, as well as uplifting and perfectly cast.

Salute to BrainWeighve’s Carly Hurt

November 21, 2022
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Here is a shoutout to someone who has been an integral part of Dr. Pretlow’s projects for a long, long time, Carly Hurt.

Dr. Pretlow’s Presentation and BrainWeighve

November 18, 2022
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People are able to retrain their brains to accept, and work with, alternative displacement mechanisms that are less harmful and more helpful than eating.

Dr. Pretlow’s Obesity Week Presentation

November 17, 2022
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Why is the food addiction so difficult to control? People threatened by an unfaceable situation will eat, both the wrong stuff and a lot of it.

Everything You Know About Journaling Is Wrong

November 16, 2022
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Let’s look at journaling in light of the concepts embodied by BrainWeighve as the brain energy that leads to overeating can be used for better purposes.

Teen People — Parallel Tracks Make a Smoother Ride

November 15, 2022
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Handwriting (or printing, or maybe even doodling) is a great way to let the subconscious know that you expect something from it.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body — 3

November 14, 2022
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The hand-brain alliance can be a powerful force in helping us train our brains to give up their old, obesity-enabling ways and jump to a new track.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body, 2

November 11, 2022
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The BrainWeighve app was created to help us heal the psychological bruises that lead us into destructive relationships with food.

Use Your Brain to Save Your Body

November 10, 2022
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With the BrainWeighve app, you have the option of sharing your thoughts and ideas at any time, with the hope that it might help someone else fight their demons.

Yes, Journaling — Continued

November 9, 2022
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Writing your journal entries by hand activates regions of the brain that are not touched by keyboarding, and changes the whole cognitive process.

Yes, Journaling

November 8, 2022
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Journaling is a method with a proven ability to permanently carve new pathways into the brain by exploiting the hand-brain connection.

The Hungry Brain, Continued

November 7, 2022
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Most obesity triggers are found in the brain, lying in wait to trip us up and urge us to consume. The BrainWeighve app can help fight against compulsion.

The Hungry Brain

November 4, 2022
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How could we convince the brain to stop telling us to eat, and stop telling us to desperately hang onto body fat?

Obesity and Country Life, Continued

November 2, 2022
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Researchers try very hard to identify each and every contributing factor to obesity, including residential density and even air quality.

Obesity and Country Life

November 1, 2022
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Many have the impression that rural residents in the USA are in great shape, because of all the physical labor that country living implies. But no.

Teen People, This Is 4 U

October 31, 2022
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The BrainWeighve app points out that overflowing brain energy is likely to be burned off in a useless and even harmful way, like overeating.

To the Teen People, More

October 28, 2022
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People like to help other people. Even if your cases are not the same, with BrainWeighve you can get ideas, or at least a useful notion that coping is possible.

To the Teen People

October 27, 2022
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Clinical trials of the BrainWeighve phone app are being organized at the University of California, Los Angeles. Stay tuned!

School Then and Now, Continued

October 26, 2022
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Educational institutions are rife with psychological trauma as part of the daily background stress, sometimes resulting in depression and emotional eating.

School Then and Now

October 25, 2022
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Food in schools has always been a fertile area for teasing, and a potential source of shame.

Halloween Hacks, a Few Last Words

October 24, 2022
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There are some very good reasons to switch over to non-food treats for Halloween. Learn more.

Halloween Fallout

October 21, 2022
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How do you deal with children who possess piles of candy on Halloween night?

Halloween — What’s the Plan, Stan?

October 20, 2022
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Halloween goals are to minimize the amount of junk the kids collect, how much they hold onto, and how much of it they ultimately consume.

Switch Witch Lore

October 19, 2022
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The Switch Witch has been around for a while, swapping sweets for gifts, and incidentally, for a childhood with fewer dentist visits.

Halloween Treats for Hosts and Guests

October 18, 2022
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As well as being low on carbohydrates, some Halloween food creations are gluten-free, paleo, and even adaptable to be totally vegan.

Remove the Halloween Spotlight From Eating

October 17, 2022
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In this season, the goal is to minimize the acquisition, retention, and consumption of candy. Mainly, the first.

Halloween Hacks

October 14, 2022
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Because individuals and families vary greatly, nothing works for everybody, but it is definitely worth trying some ideas to lessen the holiday stress.

Ramping Up to Halloween

October 13, 2022
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The whole idea here is to create absorbing activities that a child can take part in, and fill the weeks that lead up to the holiday with these activities.

Obesity Festivals — Same Stuff, Different Day

October 12, 2022
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The sad reality is that most holiday treats are composed of the same ingredients, rendered into different shapes and dyed with holiday-specific colors.

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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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