Coronavirus Chronicles — Milder Does Not Mean Mild

August 15, 2022
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At the beginning of 2022, the COVID crisis crushed every part of the healthcare system and American hospitals were in dire straits.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Year of COVID 2022

August 12, 2022
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In 2021, the federal government released the information that in 2020, COVID-19 was the third most common cause of death in the USA.

Coronavirus Chronicles — And… How Has COVID Been Doing?

August 11, 2022
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Let’s catch up on what’s going on in the country with COVID-19, from hospitalizations to the lack of nurses to the most recent CDC guidelines.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Yes, Kids Get COVID-19

April 6, 2022
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“Kids don’t get COVID-19.” “They don’t get it very bad.” “They don’t spread it around.” Simultaneously, things constantly happen to prove otherwise.

Coronavirus — Denial and Delusions

April 5, 2022
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Some assessments ignore the mounting evidence that long COVID is a very real threat to children, and the links between COVID and obesity are ominous too.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Kids and COVID Last Summer

April 4, 2022
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The rules around COVID prevention have been literally and figuratively all over the map and the latest responses to the epidemic also vary wildly.

System-Roaming Symptoms Find a Voice

February 25, 2022
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Long COVID is a tedious game of whack-a mole, with new pains and weaknesses relentlessly turning up and needing to be dealt with.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Suspicions Arose, Then Voices

February 24, 2022
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We are looking at the journey to recognition, the road along which long COVID traveled to become acknowledged as a real and worrisome condition.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Suspicions Arise

February 23, 2022
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We are looking at how the consciousness of the serious nature of long COVID originated and then progressed over the ensuing months.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Long COVID on the Road to Recognition

February 22, 2022
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Just wait until all the kids who had COVID-19 and ostensibly got over it begin to show up with long COVID or MISC-C or some other long-term damage.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Is Long COVID a Thing?

February 21, 2022
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Long COVID patients cope with chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath, but the after-effects can also be much worse.

Coronavirus Chronicles: The Struggle for Recognition

February 18, 2022
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The struggle for recognition was not of the virus itself, of course, but of its insidious and invidious long-term effects.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Are Excuses Being Made?

February 17, 2022
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A recent study of COVID-19 patients ages 12-17 found that of all underlying conditions, obesity was found to be the most common.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About the Other Perfect Storm

February 1, 2022
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Obesity and COVID-19 have a relationship that goes far beyond compatibility. What a perfect recipe for an ever-increasingly obese population.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Other Perfect Storm

January 31, 2022
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This is only a partial list of the obstacles families with kids face, and each one contributes in some way to the danger of increasing obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Not Looking Good for Kids

January 28, 2022
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Childhood obesity, already at an all-time high when the pandemic struck, is a prominent risk factor for catching the virus.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Sicker Quicker Phase

January 27, 2022
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As “younger, sicker, quicker” became a slogan among medical personnel, the Delta variant was blamed. But it’s more complicated.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Kids, More to the Story

January 26, 2022
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When authorities are deciding which children need to be hospitalized, obesity is a determinant. Diabetes also seems to get worse with COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Kids, the Volume Increases

January 25, 2022
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Many of the hospitalizations that are categorized as “with COVID” — like heart attacks, strokes, lung clots, etc. — are now seen as actually “for” COVID.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Body Weight and Body Fat

January 24, 2022
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Obese people are more apt to catch COVID-19, more likely to get very sick, and more likely to die from it.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Many Faces of Fat

January 19, 2022
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How are people still suffering from a disease that gives every sign of being over? Is the invader still on the scene, hiding perhaps in fat cells?

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Clues Add Up

January 18, 2022
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Now is the time to prevent children from becoming the plump, tasty morsels of victimhood that the SARS-CoV-2 organism enjoys so much.

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.

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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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