Coronavirus Chronicles — Strange Notions and Increasing Alarm

August 2, 2021
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Healthy, fit people seem to be coming down with COVID all over the place. Every day, we see horror stories. And the obesity stats aren’t helping either.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Unclear on the Concept

July 30, 2021
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People say, “America is back,” but they are deceiving themselves. The virus is back. It never went away. We may be done with COVID, but it is not done with us.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Dynamic Interactions of Chance

July 5, 2021
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For the past few weeks, the COVID-19 picture has looked increasingly grim in many parts of the world, for several reasons, one of which is the Delta variant.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Kids, the Virus, and the Ripple Effect

July 2, 2021
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When the coronavirus numbers go up in any age group, children cannot help but be affected.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Gang of Two

June 24, 2021
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Obesity and the coronavirus, having apparently sworn a blood oath to support each other to the bitter end, are still thick as thieves.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Beware the Delta, Continued

June 23, 2021
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The Delta variant of COVID is spreading, even among fully vaccinated people. Human ingenuity is eating dust.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Beware the Delta

June 22, 2021
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Delta has tailored itself into a juggernaut that plows through the population like a race car escaped from the track.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Covert Threat of Toxoplasmosis

June 21, 2021
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According to some research findings, there are grounds for suspicion that feline pets could be a vector for the transmission of COVID within a family.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Variants Cause Unwholesome Changes

June 18, 2021
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Alpha, or the U.K. COVID-19 variant, otherwise known as B.1.1.7, is rampant in Britain and has spread to 50 other countries.

COVID Variants, New and Different

June 17, 2021
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The reason for alarm is that the longer the virus is left alone to do as it pleases, the more it takes advantage and transforms into worse versions of itself.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Are There Grounds for Ignoring COVID-19?

June 16, 2021
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We are interested in the coronavirus as both a result of obesity and as a contributing factor to it.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Feeling Is Not Mutual

June 15, 2021
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Everyone has simply had enough. We’re done with it, ready to move on. But the coronavirus, in all its multiplicity, is apparently not done with us.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Acrylic Sheet SNAFU

June 14, 2021
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Increasingly, the use of hard plastic barriers is regarded as almost useless.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Pain of Adaptation

May 12, 2021
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Finding ways to exercise is especially important when many Americans are constrained by circumstances from using the facilities they were accustomed to.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Keep It Moving

May 11, 2021
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For the benefit of their cardiovascular systems and bone density, children need an hour of movement each day, and most kids don’t have that.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Assorted Parents and Their Ways

May 10, 2021
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Parents are going crazy, at a time they most need to keep their heads. For some, their circumstances are really rough, and it’s about day-to-day survival.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Problems Not Readily Visible

May 7, 2021
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Because of the pandemic disease itself and the inexorable reach of its influence and restrictions, people are a mess. This includes parents.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Our Inner Workings and COVID-19

May 6, 2021
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Scientists suspect that the action of SARS-CoV-2 on the brain can cause long-term neurological problems.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Assailed From All Sides

May 5, 2021
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Take a terrifying pandemic, add in a bunch of people with emotional and psychological problems, and you’ve got present-day reality.

Coronavirus Chronicles — A Case for Mental Health

May 4, 2021
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It rarely takes more than one sentence to bring the subject around to obesity’s destructive twin, COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Are Some People Fooling Themselves?

May 3, 2021
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This is a good time to look at the recent advisory from the Centers for Disease Control for fully vaccinated people, updated just a few days ago.

Coronavirus Chronicles — India

April 26, 2021
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Words really cannot describe how bad the situation is in India right now. Exactly how serious is India’s plight?

Coronavirus Chronicles — A Grim Picture for the Young

April 23, 2021
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Add the fact that most of the children who have caught COVID-19 already suffered from a co-morbidity such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity, and the future appears dim.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Kids Over There

April 22, 2021
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Coronavirus and obesity have teamed up to become the scourge of humanity, all around the globe. And now that younger people are getting sick too, it’s a mess.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Virus, the Stats, and the Young

April 21, 2021
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For a while, COVID-19 got away with disguising itself as the type of predator that mainly seemed to prefer older humans. But looking back at how the virus has been treating America’s people, it is obvious that the big, major trend over the past few mon …

Coronavirus Chronicles — Are the Kids All Right?

April 20, 2021
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The young are very much in the COVID-19 news lately. It’s a race and an economic inequality thing, and also a big risk for people who are overweight or obese.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Grade School Daze

April 19, 2021
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The American Rescue Plan provides $130 billion to make schools safe, and there’s a concern for children who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Ambiguous State of School

April 16, 2021
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Just about everybody wants all schools to be open, all the time. Even kids want to go back to school — but, with the new strains and other issues, is it wise?

Coronavirus Chronicles — Keeping Sanity Alive

April 15, 2021
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In parenting, minimizing the friction creates a better atmosphere for handling disagreements around food and mealtime arrangements.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Scheduled Meals and Other Ideals

April 14, 2021
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Many families benefit from having at least one meal together, because, with luck, it can facilitate emotional bonding. There are many more reasons to try it.

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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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