Happy Labor Day!

September 6, 2021
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Holidays are tough for the nutrition-conscious. Drive carefully, eat sanely. Forget the soda, drink lots of water. Have fun being healthy!

Defining Obesity Under the Law

July 21, 2021
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The 2008 ADA amendments, rather than clarifying matters, had seemed to inspire even more confusion about whether obesity should qualify as a disability.

Happy Memorial Day!

May 31, 2021
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Happy Memorial Day! No post today. We will return with a new post tomorrow! Enjoy the holiday!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

January 18, 2021
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We will return with our regular post tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2021
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Happy New Year! We will return with a regular post on Monday.

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2020
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Best wishes from Childhood Obesity News! We will return with a regular post on Saturday, December 26.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020
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Happy Thanksgiving! Childhood Obesity News would like to wish you a safe and joyful holiday. We will return tomorrow with a regular post.

Happy Labor Day!

September 7, 2020
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Holidays can be tough for the nutrition-conscious. Drive carefully and eat sanely. Drink lots of water! We will return with a regular post tomorrow.

Happy Independence Day!

July 6, 2020
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Happy Fourth of July! Let’s celebrate the abundance that puts good, fresh, healthful food within the reach of so many of us!

Happy Memorial Day!

May 25, 2020
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Happy Memorial Day! No post today. We will return with a new post tomorrow! Enjoy the holiday!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2019
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Happy Fourth of July! We will return with a regular post tomorrow. Enjoy your holiday!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2019
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Happy New Year! New Year’s Resolution #1: Remember New Year’s resolutions all year! Have a great 2019!   Image by 4512 Image Hosting via Flickr.

Air Passengers of Size

November 27, 2018
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Being a Passenger of Size involves various humiliations inflicted by fellow passengers and logistical nightmares.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018
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Happy New Year! New Year’s Resolution #1: Remember New Year’s resolutions all year! We will return with a regular post tomorrow. Have a great 2018!

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2016
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New Year’s Resolution #1: Remember New Year’s Resolutions all year! Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2016
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Best wishes from Childhood Obesity News! We will return with a regular post on Monday, December 26. Happy holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016
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Childhood Obesity News would like to wish you a safe and joyful holiday. We will return tomorrow with a regular post.

Happy Memorial Day!

May 30, 2016
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No post today. Happy Memorial Day!

Connecting the Universe of Dots

March 4, 2016
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Childhood Obesity News looks into the relationship between the gut microbiota and the immune system.

American Military Needs Fit Recruits

March 3, 2016
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Among American youth ages of 17-24, 27% of potential recruits are too fat to be accepted into the armed services.

Fat and Famous Folks

January 22, 2016
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St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) started out as a big, hefty young boy  who only grew bigger, as his biographer G.K. Chesterton wrote: St. Thomas was a huge heavy bull of a man, fat and slow and quiet… His bulk made it easy to regard him humorously as …

Too Much of a Good Thing: Christmas Overeating

December 23, 2015
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4 liters = 1 stomach Thanksgiving, Christmas, and several other holidays all have common characteristics. Free food is everywhere, and who can resist it? A candy cane here, a few cookies there, and pretty soon you’re looking at real calories. Some peop …

Childhood Obesity on Native American Day

September 25, 2015
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There seems to be some confusion about Native American Day. One source says it is today, the fourth Friday in September. Another source says it is today, Friday, but designates the date as the 24th, which was yesterday. The big surprise is that it appe …

One Young Man’s Struggle With Obesity

August 26, 2015
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In the study of obesity, the hard sciences count for a lot. Yet every version of hard science has its drawbacks. Scientists can study lab mice under rigorously controlled conditions and make discoveries that might point the way toward ending obesity. S …

Our Bodies – Prime Real Estate for Microorganisms

August 10, 2015
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A locust swarm. Is human suffering just collateral damage in a territorial fight going on inside us? Scientific articles are sprinkled with clues that addiction may be one of the human problems caused or exacerbated by the trillions of microorganisms t …

Letter from a British Mum

June 8, 2015
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Recently, Dr. Pretlow heard from a very distressed mother who lives in a large city in England. Her letter is reproduced here with identifying details removed for privacy, and slightly condensed for space. Dr. Pretlow replied with an extensive list of …

Apps, Obesity, and Parents

June 5, 2015
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From Dr. Pretlow’s presentation concerning W8Loss2Go, “A Smartphone App Platform for Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model” Kurbo, a weight-loss app created for young people from age 8 to 18, claims to be different from many others in its mark …

Another Reason to Avoid Obesity: The Job Market

April 20, 2015
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It is very hard to convince children of anything connected with the future. Reason doesn’t work, because the thoughts of a child or teenager just don’t project into the future. Predicting that a child’s life will be ruined by a facial tattoo, a drug ha …

How People Discovered the Truth about Sugar

February 25, 2015
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Scientists often view anecdotal evidence with suspicion. What happens in laboratories is given more weight than reports from everyday people about things that happen in real life (referred to as “self-reported” evidence, and often taken with a large gr …

The Up Side of Fat Acceptance

January 14, 2015
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Plus-Size Model Nikki P   America, where tolerance is a national virtue, truly is the land of opportunity. Acceptance is viewed as a positive value, even when intuition tells us it may be doing harm. But in the realm of personal behavior, spiritua …

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Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

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OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say explores the obesity problem from the often-overlooked perspective of children struggling with being overweight.

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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Presentations

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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