Who’s Who in Obesity

June 29, 2021
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If you look at the obesity stats by state, you’ll see there is a very strong correlation between obesity, lack of exercise, and a needlessly shortened lifespan.

Growth Not Always Good

June 28, 2021
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It is not surprising that the motives and methods of weight-loss proponents (and opponents) are sometimes questioned.

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

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.

Light — Not Always Enlightening

June 3, 2021
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Low-quality sleep affects organisms like low-quality food. It can keep a creature alive and functioning, but it is not capital-L Life.

The Assault of Light and Sound

June 2, 2021
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With TV, it’s not just the noise or the disturbing subject matter or the commercials for sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food that lead to childhood obesity.

Does Light Make Us Heavy?

June 1, 2021
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Could sleep-disruptive shifts in light negatively influence eating behavior, and even promote addiction? Some studies point out the link to obesity.

Wider Education, Other Facets

May 28, 2021
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We’ve been discussing how TV noise might affect the sleep of the young, especially small children and first-year college students.

Wider Education and More Of It

May 27, 2021
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Sleep corrupted by a constant barrage of noise is low-quality sleep, liked to obesity and harmful to both children and adults.

Wider Education, Continued

May 26, 2021
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A continued discussion of a weight-related struggle that affects college students, plus how screen use, like a TV in a bedroom, contributes to obesity in kids.

Wider Education

May 25, 2021
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Transitioning from high school and hometown to higher education proves to be traumatic for many. Need we mention the fabled “freshman 15”?

Is Assortative Mating an Obesity Villain?

May 24, 2021
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Unlike many other factors suggested as obesity villains, assortative mating has increased rapidly and recently.

Coupling Up? Think Twice.

May 21, 2021
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Whether because of identical habits or shared microbial populations, married couples come to resemble each other in terms of weight, size, and fitness level.

More Alleged Obesity Villains

May 19, 2021
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Many substances have been suspected of contributing to childhood obesity, and antacid medications are among them. Grilling is also said to be problematic.

Obscure Purported Obesity Villains

May 18, 2021
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Well over 100 substances, practices, and societal conditions have been blamed for contributing to the growth of childhood obesity.

What’s Up With Energy?

May 14, 2021
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Inactivity or overeating? For kids, which is the bigger obesity villain? Research shows that physical activity may not be enough to deal with childhood obesity.

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 — 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 — 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 Changing Landscape

April 7, 2021
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It is no coincidence that obesity and COVID-19 have once again created a cozy partnership for the furtherance of both their interests.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Long-Range Danger

April 6, 2021
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The pandemic exerts many indirect effects on children. Also, contrary to earlier beliefs, kids certainly can catch it, and play a part in spreading it.

Overweight and Obese Pregnancy

April 2, 2021
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Giving childhood obesity even the tiniest head start can result in a snowball effect. The earlier obesity gets a foothold the more difficult it is to escape.

Obese Plus Pregnant — Proceed With Caution

April 1, 2021
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An overwhelming pile of evidence and research indicates that obese women tend to produce obese children.

Obese Fan Fave Took Risk

March 31, 2021
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Maternal obesity was found to be definitely associated with metabolic dysfunction and obesity in their offspring.

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Grim Twins Ride Again

March 23, 2021
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People afflicted by PASC, or “long COVID,” almost unanimously report exercise intolerance and fatigue. Exercise intolerance sounds like being unable to run a marathon or lift weights, but there is more to it. People become so debilitated by the virus, …

Coronavirus Chronicles — The Long Haul and the Lung

March 22, 2021
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Where does lung damage fit into the “long Covid” picture? For one, COVID-19 can cause lung damage, and obesity can soften a person up to be more vulnerable to it.

Sleep and Snoring, a Childhood Obesity Paradox

March 11, 2021
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Several studies explain in detail the processes and relationships in the body that influence the effect of breathing on childhood obesity, and vice versa.

Coronavirus Chronicles — Too Soon to Relax

February 23, 2021
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In order for the increased availability of the vaccine to make a meaningful difference, researchers are trying to pin down the protocols and best practices.

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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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