Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID, Careers, and Kids

January 14, 2022
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These are tough questions, complicated by incomplete information, misunderstandings, misplaced blame, and, from some quarters, heedless indifference.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Careers

January 13, 2022
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Long COVID tends to destroy careers, and the victims are not just people with low-income service jobs.

Coronavirus Chronicles — It Loves Kids Just the Way They Are

January 12, 2022
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If the virus had eyes, its eyes would light up at the sight of a chubby child, and without waiting for an invitation, it would climb aboard.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity Plus COVID-19 Plus More

January 11, 2022
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People with diabetes are more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, and this brings us back to the cozy relationship between COVID and obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Other Deep Dives Into Obesity Plus COVID

January 10, 2022
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Long COVID symptoms may be falsely attributed to obesity alone, rather than share the responsibility with COVID. There is plenty of room for misdiagnosis.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Another Deep Dive Into Obesity Plus COVID

January 7, 2022
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Compared to less weighty people, the obese are more likely to get PASC, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2., or Long COVID.

Coronavirus Chronicles — A Deep Dive

January 6, 2022
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We have been looking at the science behind the deadly alliance between obesity and COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity and COVID-19, Deep Dives

January 5, 2022
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Obesity helps COVID, and COVID returns the favor by helping fat. Here’s how.

Coronavirus Chronicles — PASC and Kids, Not a Pretty Picture

January 4, 2022
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Long COVID can follow children for years, leading to cardiac, pulmonary, or cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

Coronavirus Chronicles — By Any Other Name, Just As Awful

January 3, 2022
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Long COVID now has an official name: “post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection” (PASC). Whatever you call it, the health impacts for children are unclear.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Hitting Kids Hard

December 30, 2021
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Teens and younger children are getting hit hard by COVID-19 and by Long COVID — lingering problems with fatigue and even heart disease.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Kids, Yes, It Happens 

December 29, 2021
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A sharp upward trend in COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations plus an update on multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, and “long COVID.”

Coronavirus Chronicles — Obesity, Long COVID, and a Mystery

December 28, 2021
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There really needs to be more awareness about the fact that children can and do get “long-haul COVID.”

Coronavirus Chronicles — Fat Cells and Long COVID

December 27, 2021
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The revelation that COVID hides in fat cells, provoking the release of inflammatory cytokines and other kinds of trouble, is causing a bit of a stir.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19

December 23, 2021
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Bariatric surgeries have increased during the pandemic because people understand the link between obesity and COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19, Continued

December 22, 2021
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Obesity has been the biggest predictor of COVID-19 fatality. For this and other reasons, bariatric surgery has been making it through the pandemic quite well.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Bariatric Surgery and COVID-19

December 21, 2021
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In the pandemic, the demand for bariatric surgery, including gastric bypasses and sleeves, rebounded more quickly than other types of elective procedures.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Behavior and Consequences

December 2, 2021
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Through social media, we hear from doctors, nurses, and others in the healing profession, and the picture is not pretty.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Let’s End This!

December 1, 2021
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We simply do not want any more people to get COVID-19, especially kids and their parents, and the medical personnel we count on to help us survive.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Using the Platform

November 30, 2021
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Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, professionals in many fields have recognized the value of an online presence.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Caring Is Needed

November 29, 2021
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A new COVID variant has shown up in South Africa, and as it soon might be found around the globe, we must take care of our healthcare professionals.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Voices of Authority

November 26, 2021
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An increasing number of social media messages are not from pseudonymous people but from researchers, scholars, nurses, first responders, and their families.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Just a Few More Ethnic Implications

November 23, 2021
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Children with obesity or another pre-existing condition are particularly apt to contract COVID-19, and more likely to experience a serious case.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Ethnic Implications

November 22, 2021
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Obesity and coronavirus are mutually beneficial. They create and select victims for each other.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Ethnic Implications Again

November 19, 2021
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The existence of the virus has changed the entire landscape of societal relationships, casting a bright light on some areas that have been under-illuminated.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Combatting the Superantigens?

November 18, 2021
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More than 5,200 of the 6.2 million U.S. children diagnosed with COVID have developed MIS-C. About 80% of MIS-C patients are treated in intensive care units.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Ethnic Implications, Continued

November 17, 2021
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Because COVID-19 seems to have a special affinity for fat cells, a lot of children who catch the disease are overweight or obese already.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Ethnic Implications

November 16, 2021
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COVID-19 disproportionately targets Latino and other ethnic communities, and adding obesity to the equation is a recipe for disaster.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Grim Twins Still Lurking

November 4, 2021
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Childhood obesity was already a noteworthy trend, but the pandemic has caused this trend to soar to new levels. What can and should be done?

Coronavirus Chronicles — Does Anecdotal Mean Untrue?

October 27, 2021
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What happens when parents come down with a highly contagious disease? What happens if one parent dies, or both of them? Problems multiply exponentially.

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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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