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.

Healthy Weight Week and BrainWeighve, Part 2

January 19, 2023
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This post continues to focus on the Healthy Weight Week suggestions made by the medical staff of Flushing Hospital in relation to the BrainWeighve phone app.

Healthy Weight Week and BrainWeighve, Part 1

January 18, 2023
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We mentioned National Healthy Weight Week, and today’s post focuses on the to-do list provided by Flushing Hospital, in aid of making it the healthiest.

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.

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.

Fusion: Principles That Carry Over

January 5, 2023
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It is reassuring to see how comfortably the BrainWeighve phone app’s procedures fit into and mesh with and extend our previous knowledge.

How Is Your Health Esteem?

January 4, 2023
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January is World Health Esteem Month. Here are some simple yet effective daily choices and useful practices to try in the new year.

P.E.T. and Taking Advantage of Inclinations

January 2, 2023
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Many parents feel the impulse to discard any attempt at nuance, and just let their authoritarian streak take over. There is another way to look at it.

And Now, the A.I. Diet

December 29, 2022
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A doctor used a smartphone app to keep track of every food, beverage, and medication he ingested for two weeks. Here are the results.

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.

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.

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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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