The Question vs. Answer Disparity Factor

July 18, 2024
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About the GLP-1 receptor agonists and the other concoctions with similar intent, questions litter the landscape. Let’s take a look.

CBT, iCBT, and Virtual Reality in the Battle Against Eating Addiction

July 17, 2024
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the most effective treatment for eating addiction, has been enhanced with iCBT and Virtual Reality.

Are Crucial Questions Being Addressed?

July 16, 2024
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Between discovery and permission for unfettered sales, a hopeful drug faces many stages of trial and possible rejection.

GLP-1 Drugs and Celebrities

July 11, 2024
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It has been open season on celebrities who say the wrong thing about other celebrities’ weight-loss drug use, whether they express criticism or approbation.

Behavioral Therapy, Not Weight-Loss Drugs, Experts Say

July 10, 2024
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The task force emphasized that extensive and intensive behavioral interventions are the most effective means for helping children achieve a healthy weight.

More Interesting Things About GLP-1 Receptor Agonists

July 9, 2024
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Liraglutide had been approved in 2010 as antidiabetic therapy for adults. So far, there was no firm evidence of adverse effects on humans.

Unlocking the Potential of GLP-1 Agonists Beyond Diabetes and Weight Loss

July 3, 2024
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The pharmaceutical industry is eagerly investigating new applications for GLP-1s, but the real opportunity lies in precision medicine.

Interesting Things About GLP-1 Receptor Agonists

July 2, 2024
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Regarding the currently existing GLP-1 RA meds, there are a few widely recognized contraindications.

More Vagus Nerve Knowledge

June 27, 2024
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The vagus nerve has been compared to an “information superhighway” that conveys messages from the gut to the brain.

GLP-1 Drug Makers Go After Counterfeit Versions

June 26, 2024
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Several companies are suing others allegedly selling counterfeit and compounded versions of the popular weight loss and diabetes drugs.

A Vagus Nerve Review

June 25, 2024
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The vagus nerve connects the brain to the heart, lungs, digestive tract, and several other entities. Why is it so important?

Why Is the Most Recommended Childhood Obesity Treatment Not Readily Available?

June 24, 2024
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For many U.S. parents seeking help for a child with obesity, the most widely endorsed treatment — behavioral counseling — is out of reach. Here’s why.

A Birds-Eye View of BED

June 20, 2024
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Here’s an overview of the current treatment options for Binge Eating Disorder, including a perspective on which approaches are likely to be most effective.

Beware the Coax Coach

June 18, 2024
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Many holidays share common traits, such as being the occasion of much overconsumption of not only food but other substances.

GLP-1 Drugs Prompt New Food Offerings

June 12, 2024
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The success of new obesity and diabetes drugs is evident in grocery store aisles as food manufacturers introduce GLP-1-friendly products.

BED, a Friend, and You

June 11, 2024
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Solutions are needed because BED is a disorder that seriously affects the quality of life for millions of humans.

Can Web-Based Self-Help Interventions Help With BED?

June 10, 2024
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A recent JAMA Network Open study assessed the effectiveness of web-based self-help interventions in alleviating binge eating disorder (BED).

Binge-Eating Disorder and the Mayo Clinic

June 6, 2024
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For such a prevalent disorder, binge eating retains an aura of mystery. Even the esteemed Mayo Clinic can only offer guesses as to its cause.

The Support Matrix for Mental Health Diagnostics

June 4, 2024
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The world has a lot to say about binge eating. Sometimes the search for a more precise definition leads off into fascinating side roads.

Some Binge-Eating Basics

May 30, 2024
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With binge eating, it’s easy for a person to rationalize, justify, defend, self-excuse, self-extenuate, self-validate, and self-vindicate.

Will the Cheaper Weight Loss Regimens Replace GLP-1 Drugs?

May 29, 2024
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Eventually, GLP-1 drugs might become available as generics, possibly eliminating the need for cheaper alternatives. But for now, affordability is a major issue.

Binge-Eating Self-Talk

May 28, 2024
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This kind of talk can lead to delusions and justifying unhealthy behavior. But we can be pretty good at it.

A Very Heterogeneous Group

May 23, 2024
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Dr. Meule warns about making unwarranted assumptions about certain eating disorders and their relation to classically-framed addiction.

Study Finds That Severe Childhood Obesity Can Cut Life Expectancy in Half

May 22, 2024
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Severe childhood obesity can drastically reduce life expectancy, cutting it nearly in half, according to a recent global study.

Fooling the Body With Filler

May 21, 2024
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Soluble dietary fiber has long been recommended for its stomach-filling effect. It has been found to slow gastric emptying and increase perceived satiety.

Upgrade the Parenting Tools

May 16, 2024
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We have been exploring the realm of role modeling, also known as setting a good example. Let’s not let our kids grow up to be bad examples!

New Research Highlights Importance of Sugar Source in Childhood Obesity

May 15, 2024
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European Congress on Obesity reveals intriguing findings about the source of sugar and how it relates to childhood obesity.

Be a Role Model Every Day

May 14, 2024
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Our children watch our every move. Not only that, but they imitate what we do. Here’s some advice how parents and caregivers can be good role models.

Semaglutide and Psychiatric Risk

May 8, 2024
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GLP-1 weight loss drugs recently came under scrutiny for their potential psychiatric side effects.

Sleep Debt, an Obesity Villain Suspect

May 7, 2024
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Does sleep duration affect the biological mediators of energy homeostasis and appetite? Apparently, yes.

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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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