Awareness Equals Media

September 22, 2021
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We keep exploring the edutainment-fatsploitation spectrum in acknowledgment of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here’s the story of Barry Austin.

The Edutainment — Fatsploitation Spectrum

September 21, 2021
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At what point does edutainment ooze across the line into fatsploitation? And how much the media are to be blamed?

Edutainment and Jim Gaffigan’s Books

September 20, 2021
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Standup comedian Jim Gaffigan’s books provide helpful insights into childhood obesity and relay his self-acceptance in terms of embracing his love of food.

Obese Adult Voices and Awareness

September 17, 2021
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Are TV shows like The Biggest Loser educational and inspirational, or detrimental? What type of awareness is actually raised?

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Edutainment

September 16, 2021
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Edutainment can have physical aspects and play an important role in childhood obesity prevention.

Like Giving a Heroin Addict Drugs

September 13, 2021
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During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we are examining the media’s role in creating awareness, and the reasons why that can be a double-edged sword.

Obesity, Awareness, and Media

September 10, 2021
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During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, it is useful to consider some wider and deeper reflections on awareness and the sometimes toxic price of fame.

The End of the Barry Austin Story

September 9, 2021
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In honor of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we’re revisiting the story of Barry Austin, who had held the title of Britain’s Fattest Man for a while.

More Media — An Oldie but Goodie

September 8, 2021
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To continue the theme of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we look at the audio-visual media works and the awareness they have created.

Awareness Month — More Books

September 7, 2021
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We celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness month by highlighting a few books on the subject.

Awareness Month — Settle in for a Read

September 3, 2021
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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are two books on childhood obesity, plus a list of our “Best Of” posts on more books.

Obesity, Schools and Personnel, Continued

July 29, 2021
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It is not that easy to find definitive reports of what actually goes on in schools, rather than guidelines and other literature of the aspirational type.

Obesity, Schools and Personnel

July 28, 2021
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With all the time and energy that will be needed to deal with COVID-related matters, it appears that working in schools in any capacity will be stressful.

Schools Trying Their Best

July 27, 2021
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With COVID-19, school routines have been disrupted and priorities have shifted. Everybody is just doing the best they can with what they have.

Obesity and Establishments — Whose Opinion Counts?

July 26, 2021
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The friction between parental rights and society’s demands will always make the handling of matters like obesity fraught with problems.

Obesity and Schools — Who’s In Charge?

July 23, 2021
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There are around 100,000 public schools in the USA and your children’s health can depend on who’s in charge.

Obesity and Establishments

July 22, 2021
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This is by no means comprehensive coverage of the law as it pertains to obesity. The object is to look at a few moments in history to grasp the big picture.

Defining Obesity Under the Law

July 21, 2021
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The 2008 ADA amendments, rather than clarifying matters, had seemed to inspire even more confusion about whether obesity should qualify as a disability.

Hey Uncle Sam, Mind Your Own Business

July 20, 2021
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Today we look at the kinds of questions that schools have been asking parents in an effort to lower childhood obesity rates.

Different Strokes for Different States

July 19, 2021
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We continue looking at the complications that can stand in the way of student fitness screening, which mainly tracks obesity in school children.

Schools and Misconceptions

July 16, 2021
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Some parents strongly object to certain aspects of the school system, and this is one of the stumbling blocks impeding progress toward curbing childhood obesity.

Schools and Stumbling Blocks

July 15, 2021
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Many parents prefer a solid barrier between home and outside authority, and have strong opinions about what should or should not be the school’s business.

Schools and IDEA Disabilities

July 14, 2021
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We are discussing the ways in which obesity impedes progress in achieving superior grades.

Schools Take On the Task

July 13, 2021
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The process involved in BMI assessment can be tedious, embarrassing, and even frightening to children. It’s a job for trained personnel, not school employees.

Schools and Expectations

July 12, 2021
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What are the rules for qualification as a disabled person in the education system, and how does it affect how childhood obesity is viewed and handled?

How Much Should Schools Care?

July 9, 2021
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Schools play an important role in reducing childhood obesity, we also have to consider the confidentiality of student academic and health records.

What Should Schools Care About?

July 8, 2021
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Who gets to define physical and mental health in schools? Parents, politicians, teachers, school administrators?

Schools and Obesity Tracking

July 7, 2021
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What should schools be doing about obesity, and on whose say-so? What happens if they go too far, or don’t go far enough?

Should Schools Stay in Their Lane?

July 6, 2021
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When it comes to children’s health policies, should schools mind their own business? And to what extent? There doesn’t seem to be an agreement.

Talking It Out

July 1, 2021
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“Motivational Interviewing” has proven to be very useful in helping people with addictions. This post examines the use of Motivational Interviewing in helping to achieve a healthy weight.

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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.
You can contact Dr. Pretlow at:


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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