Coronavirus Chronicles — Another Set of Specialized Victims

October 13, 2021
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Why are pregnant women so likely to get infected with coronavirus? These are some of the contributing factors.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Fear Creeps Closer

October 12, 2021
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After years of hearing about how fat people are ruining it for everybody, the epidemic has provided new ways to make overweight and obese people feel bad.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Approach of Fear

October 11, 2021
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Not only overweight and obese people are dealing with the ugly possibility of falling ill with coronavirus but they also have to deal with the weight stigma.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Risk on Every Side

October 8, 2021
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At this moment in history, we must realize that children are not magically immune to COVID-19 and that both obesity and COVID are equal-opportunity predators.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Grim Twins Double Down

October 7, 2021
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It did not take long for the unholy alliance between Obie and Covie to become apparent. And there is no end in sight, at least for the obesity epidemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

October 6, 2021
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Many of the measures society takes to protect children from the virus can paradoxically end up worsening the problem by causing even more obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The World-Renowned Grim Twins

October 5, 2021
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Obesity and coronavirus celebrate their convergence to form what some call colliding pandemics and others call a perfect storm.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Two Mutually-Empowering Crises

October 4, 2021
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There is a case to be made for the idea that school with masks is better than no school, but some folks don’t see it that way.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Two Messes Feed on Each Other

October 1, 2021
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A quick looks at some studies of what is already known about the many links between the COVID-19 pandemic and childhood obesity.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Risk and Resistance in Minority Communities

September 2, 2021
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What has been termed “vaccine resistance” or “lack of vaccine confidence” has both rational and emotional elements, like lack of access to the internet.

Coronavirus Chronicles — For Minorities, a Bleak Picture

September 1, 2021
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Many of the disruptions caused by COVID-19 also happen to be “obesity villains”​ that bear some responsibility for the ever-worsening obesity epidemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Artivism Versus COVID-19

August 31, 2021
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Latinx in the United States have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19. Latinx cultural leaders are using “artivism” to encourage vaccination.

Coronavirus Chronicles — How Have Latinos Been Doing?

August 30, 2021
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When obesity, poverty, and minority join forces, the result is likely to be a life with severely impaired health. Add the virus, and it gets even worse.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Youngification of COVID-19, Continued

August 27, 2021
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Hospitals across the U.S. are full of unvaccinated patients of middle age and younger, who are undergoing COVID-related respiratory failure and renal failure.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Youngification of COVID-19

August 26, 2021
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More young adults were showing up in hospitals, due to the increasingly contagious variants. They were also the last group prioritized to receive vaccines.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Who Catches Covid-19? (Encore)

August 25, 2021
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Some people still believe that COVID-19 only pursues elderly, obese, diabetic, chronically ill, or otherwise previously debilitated people. But no.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Who Catches COVID-19? (Continued)

August 24, 2021
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Some people still believe kids can’t catch the virus, and neither can healthy, non-obese adults who take care of themselves. Neither proposition is supportable.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Who Catches COVID-19?

August 23, 2021
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One of the most insidious pieces of misinformation spread by purveyors of nonsense is that healthy people don’t catch the virus. The reality proves otherwise.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Simple But Serious Needs of Schools

August 18, 2021
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From HEPA filters to ventilation, how can we make schools and homes safer during the pandemic?

Coronavirus Chronicles — A Change of Mindset

August 17, 2021
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With an earlier acceptance of the importance of aerosol transmission, the course of events might have been very different.

Coronavirus Chronicles — What Will It Take to Make Schools Safe?

August 16, 2021
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and asking students, teachers, and other employees to wear serviceable masks is a reasonable request.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The AAP and Schools

August 13, 2021
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The Delta variant of COVID-19 commands us to both mask up and vaccinate, especially since even fully vaccinated people can spread the disease to others.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Testing and Complications

August 12, 2021
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Testing the general population, whether symptomatic or not, is vitally important if we are to form an accurate picture of what is really going on.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Testing and Obstacles

August 11, 2021
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The coronavirus’s insane, monomaniacal drive to reproduce creates a crushing onslaught. Time is a very important factor, too.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Limits of Testing

August 10, 2021
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Part of the value of testing will be lost unless the accurate and complete numbers are passed along to those who know how to extract meaning from them.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Changing Demographics

August 9, 2021
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Hospitals across the country are increasingly occupied by COVID victims in their 30s and 40s, some of whom tend to experience “Long COVID.”

Vaccines, Transmission, and Youth

August 6, 2021
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A hefty proportion of people suffer from “Long COVID” at this moment, and some of them are children and teens. Young people can definitely transmit the virus.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Dr. Brilliant and the Pandemic

August 5, 2021
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From a heart full of compassion, the “hippie doctor” Larry Brilliant expresses some thoughts on herd immunity, contact tracing, vaccinating kids, and more.

Explainers, Rad and Bad

August 4, 2021
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Some doctors are very active in fighting misinformation about COVID-19. There are also some disturbingly contrary professional voices out there.

Coronavirus Chronicles — More Strange Notions

August 3, 2021
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Deniers continue to spread the lie that only the elderly and obese come down with the virus, never the young and fit. Evidence to the contrary keeps piling up.

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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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