Measuring for Improvement

November 8, 2017
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Childhood Obesity News looks at the importance of weighing food portions as part of the W8Loss2Go program.

Dr. Robert Pretlow at the Symposium

October 25, 2017
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Can inpatient rehab methods that treat childhood obesity be replicated in a way that makes them widely available at a lower cost?

Are Obese Kids Miserable? Yes.

September 6, 2017
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It is easy to see why kids don’t want to talk about their experience of being overweight or obese, because, really, who does?

Sorrow and Silence

August 2, 2017
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Dr. Pretlow has been saying that when children and teens suffer from obesity their lives can be as miserable as the lives of youngsters afflicted by cancer.

Dialogue at CIOI 2017

August 1, 2017
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Dr. Pretlow’s takeaways on addiction its and treatment from the International Conference on Childhood Obesity he attended in July in Lisbon, Portugal.

What Are Phthalates and Why Should We Care?

July 28, 2017
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No matter how you feel about phthalates, they are almost impossible to avoid because of their presence in food, water and air.

Fathers and Obesity

June 9, 2017
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Epigenetic markers reveal that dads and their eating patterns can have previously unexpected effects on babies, even before conception.

Additional Posts About Cravings

June 8, 2017
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Compulsive overeating appears to be at least as much a behavioral addiction as a substance addiction. This post revisits the subject of food cravings.

Encyclopedia of Cravings

June 7, 2017
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This is the fourth Childhood Obesity News post collecting some of the highlights of all the posts about food cravings and the research behind the theories.

Banish Doughnuts, Popularize Carrots

June 6, 2017
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A craving is associated with an image, but the mind can be outsmarted by replacing that image with a different one, or visual white noise.

Coke Again

May 22, 2017
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Drinking, throughout the day, anything but water is a subset of grazing. Excessive eating or drinking is as much an addiction as snorting cocaine or gambling.

More About BFRBs

May 2, 2017
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As it turns out, food addiction appears to be not so much a substance addiction as was previously thought. It’s more about sensation than chemistry. Or is it?

Food Addiction vs. Eating Addiction

April 3, 2017
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Those who want to lose weight would have to shed old eating habits. Eating is a behavior, and behavioral addictions are amenable to behavioral therapy.

What British People Debate in Pubs

March 29, 2017
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Rather than merely dispensing nutrition advice, we need to teach how to cope with life challenges and encourage change in overweight people’s behavior.

Ain’t Nobody Happy

March 10, 2017
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When given the wrong kind of sustenance, the digestive system, and mainly, the trillions of inhabitants of the large intestine, will take revenge.

Dr. Pretlow Speaks at ICBA 2017

February 24, 2017
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Dr. Pretlow gave an oral presentation in Haifa, Israel, at the 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, on a pilot study of obesity treatment.

Obesity and the Legendary Philosopher’s Stone

November 30, 2016
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The seven healthful habits to help maintain sustainable weight loss include patience, sacrifice, realistic planning, lifestyle change, diet, exercise, and accountability.

Tolerance, Obesity and Co-Morbidities

November 15, 2016
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Several international bodies combined their data to estimate the proportions of the obesity epidemic 15 years down the line, and the results are dismal.

Other Therapies Related to Obesity Prevention

November 7, 2016
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Behavioral activation and rational emotive behavioral therapy have been found useful in treating eating disorders and addictions.

How to Help Kids and Pets

October 25, 2016
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Eliminating problem foods and between-meal snacking, as well as decreasing portion sizes, can help prevent obesity in both kids and pets.

Problem Eating and Mindfulness

October 20, 2016
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Whether it is called a behavioral addiction or a bad habit, problem eating is a maladaptive response to pain. Mindfulness can be a tremendous coping skill for children and parents.

Mindful Eating Tips

October 17, 2016
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To mark World Obesity Day (Oct.11) the UK College of Contemporary Health published a free e-book, “Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mindless Eating.”

The Love Diet

September 12, 2016
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An emotional eater will eat anything, and with most people, it all comes down to emotional eating.

Newfangled Gizmo — the Reverse Feeding Tube

August 22, 2016
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The new reverse feeding tube/stomach pump device called AspireAssist has been called strange, gross, enabling, and a Big Pharma scam.

Mindfulness and Obesity

August 17, 2016
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Mindfulness is asking, “What am I doing right now?” and being aware of the true answer. Practicing it can help emotional eaters.

What’s Up With Healthful Snack Boxes?

August 15, 2016
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Several online companies delivers healthful, natural snacks to the subscriber at regular intervals, but is snacking a form of binge eating?

The Overweight Pet Blues

August 12, 2016
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When a child or pet is given an edible treat to cover depression, anxiety, isolation, emotional pain, or stress, it could lead to addiction.

Food Junkies, a Book

July 22, 2016
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By handling their psychological issues, for instance, via cognitive behavioral therapy, people can abolish their disordered eating patterns.

Taste Receptors Are Everywhere

July 21, 2016
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Childhood Obesity News has been looking at enteroendocrinc cells (EECs) and their potential to be utilized in treating obesity.

The Third Bariatric Surgery Roundup

July 15, 2016
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Bariatric surgery has an encouraging long-term success rate, but submitting to this procedure brings a lifetime of adjustments and compromises.

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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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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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