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.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Literal and Figurative Orphans

October 26, 2021
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Currently, so many stresses work together to create a fraught environment for children, including factors that contribute to creating an obesogenic environment.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Knock-On Effects Are Scary

October 25, 2021
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It helps to have a mental picture of what relentless multiplication implies, especially now that the new Delta variant appears to be even more contagious.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About Knock-On Effects

October 21, 2021
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This continues the discussion of how children all over the world have been deprived of their custodial adults and introduced to chaos due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Orphanhood and Other Knock-On Effects

October 20, 2021
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There is an enormous amount of chain reaction from COVID-19, societal disruption, and consequences that result from so many illnesses and deaths.

Coronavirus Chronicles — COVID-19 and Pregnant People

October 19, 2021
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The CDC says there is no increased risk of miscarriage and recommends COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and women trying to conceive.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More About Mothers, Babies, and COVID-19

October 18, 2021
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The conditions of pregnancy are connected with obesity. As if that were not enough, now we have the coronavirus in the mix, complicating things even more.

Mothers, Babies, and COVID-19

October 15, 2021
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Mothers and children are not only at risk of death or serious disability. Childhood obesity is woven right into the fabric of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Hazards of Reproduction

October 14, 2021
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There is great potential for harm in being pregnant and ill with coronavirus at the same time. These are some of the reasons.

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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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