Obesity Villains Reconsidered

April 18, 2024
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Obesity appears to follow the pattern of having not only a gigantic, pervasive cause or two, but an arsenal of little tricks to bring people under its sway.

What, No Party? No Cake?

April 16, 2024
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Research shows that children and adolescents are experiencing obesity on a scale that would have been impossible to imagine, say, back in the 1990s.

Descriptions and Terminology

April 11, 2024
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The stress eater, the nervous eater, the bored eater, and the emotionally traumatized eater, all have the same goal — experience comfort.

The Latest on the GLP-1 Weight Loss Medications

April 10, 2024
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We continue looking at the latest headlines in the fascinating and controversial world of GLP-1 weight loss drugs.

A Candy Revolution?

April 9, 2024
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Here’s how Ryan Trahan followed his dream of creating something from nothing and building a meaningful life from the ground up.

Even the Most Fortunate Must Struggle

April 4, 2024
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Many college-age kids are adversely sensitive to overstimulation by noise and light, and self-medicate with the wrong kinds of food, and too much of it.

In With the New: Waist-to-Height Ratio

April 2, 2024
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As childhood obesity just grows and grows, the need for a precise obesity metric is more crucial than ever. This is where waist-to-height ratio comes in.

How Be Pro-Active and Protective

March 28, 2024
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Childhood is the time to spread out before a young human the smorgasbord of possibilities, consisting not of food items but of experience items.

Oprah on Weight Stigma and Displacement Intervention

March 27, 2024
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Oprah Winfrey’s weight loss journey throws light on how displacement activities work in tandem with GLP-1 medications.

Life Hacks for Parents

March 26, 2024
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Try to look at every parenting annoyance as a challenge, and every challenge as an opportunity, and see what happens.

Parents, Proactive and Protective, Continued

March 21, 2024
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Although the corporate magnates exert pressure on us to eat worthless pseudo-food, parents do not have to surrender to that pressure.

Shame, Blame, and Oprah’s Special

March 20, 2024
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Oprah talks candidly about her own experience trying to lose weight in a special that aired on March 18 and is getting a lot of attention.

Parents, Proactive and Protective

March 19, 2024
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Yes, the global marketing machine is powerful, but parents do not have to hopelessly surrender to it. Resistance to junk food is possible.

Sometimes You Don’t Know What to Think

March 12, 2024
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What are the effective methods in weight management and reducing childhood obesity? Opinions vary. This is what research shows.

Landmark — Junk Food Legally Defined

March 5, 2024
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There’s a proven correlation between increasing child obesity and the ever-mounting abundance of ultra-processed foods in stores and family kitchens.

GLP-1 Weight Loss Medications in the News

February 21, 2024
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Here’s a look at the latest headlines in the world of GLP-1 weight loss medications and their use in opioid abuse treatment.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 10

February 8, 2024
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The food and beverage industry’s efforts to recruit as many bent academics as possible to volubly cheer for Team Sugar is part of a larger strategy.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 9

February 6, 2024
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Marketing should be a grown-up conversation, with the kids left out of it. Advertising to children is gradual brainwashing to get what the adult wants.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 8

February 2, 2024
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Because children do not yet have the necessary cognitive skills in place they are unable to tell the difference between entertainment and advertising.

GLP-1 Weight Loss Drugs in the News, Again

February 1, 2024
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Let’s take a look at the latest headlines to glimpse at what’s happening in the world of weight loss meds.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 7

January 30, 2024
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How about just not advertising to minors, period? After all, it’s not as if every child in America has a paycheck burning a hole in her or his pocket.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 6

January 25, 2024
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While some companies became more conscious and more conscientious, we’ve seen plenty of examples that have no connection with morality, profitable or otherwise.

GLP-1: More Competition, Soaring Prices, and What Medicare Won’t Cover

January 24, 2024
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The weight loss drug market is heating up to keep up with the demand despite soaring prices.

Selling Crap to Kids, Part 5

January 23, 2024
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This is an overview of the food industry’s ambitious project of brainwashing children to nag their parents to buy them the worst possible excuses for food.

Anti-Obesity Medications and Functional Impairment, Continued

January 18, 2024
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This is the continuation of an exploration of the possible negative effects of the new wave of weight-loss drugs, which began with a recent post.

A New Anti-Obesity Medications Study Reveals Interesting Insights

January 17, 2024
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New research found that the majority of people who are prescribed anti-obesity medication discontinue the drugs after a year.

Anti-Obesity Medications and Functional Impairment

January 16, 2024
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The new anti-obesity meds were touted as miraculous for a while. Then slowly, the miraculous illusion began to fade. Here’s why the honeymoon might be over.

Start Making Sense

January 11, 2024
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We have trouble wrapping our heads around the paradox of obesity and food insecurity. How can they both exist together? Yet here we are.

Childhood Obesity Specialists Struggle to Get GLP-1 Agonists

January 10, 2024
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Here are the challenges faced by pediatric obesity specialists in accessing weight-loss meds approved by the FDA for weight loss in kids 12 years or older.

Surprising News About Activity

January 9, 2024
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Recent reports show that at least three hours per day of light physical activity, which includes walking, doing chores, biking, etc., can reduce obesity.

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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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