is what's new on our website, as well as the latest weight management news:
3/31/13: - "The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity: What's Our Plan?", a live webinar, with audio and slides. This webinar discusses: 1) What's really behind the obesity epidemic in kids and teens, and 2) What we can do about it. A new smartphone app study also is presented.
10/31/12: - How’s this for scary, kids: Little or no candy on Halloween. We need to rethink the holiday. Read more...
10/14/12: - Addiction Approach for Obesity - Our study of a new treatment for obesity, based on the addiction model, which is showing promising results (PDF file).
7/4/12: - Unjunk Yourself - an awesome music video for tweens/young teens addressing lifestyle (diet, physical activity) in a fun and entertaining way, but with elements of truth.
5/18/12: - ABC News story about weigh2rock.com and the new W8Loss2Go smartphone app.
4/20/12: - When a company makes exaggerated or misleading weight loss or health claims through advertising, marketing, or packaging, it's called "leanwashing." And we want to help you know it when you see it. To see bogus claims and post your own, go to Leanwashingindex.com
11/29/11: Presentation to the group of beta-test kids and their parents for our new iPhone app: click here to view presentation - slides, audio, and videos.
10/15/11: A new method for losing weight in kids is based on food addiction and implemented as an iPhone app: click here - 1 min download time for full-screen poster.
10/12/11: A personal trainer is making himself obese to show what food addiction feels like and what it's like to counteract it. To read the story click here.
9/29/11: Sugar Addiction Awareness Day: Most overweight kids are hooked on sugary foods like candy, and many overweight kids are literally addicted to these foods. The date of Sugar Addiction Awareness Day (SAAD) is intentionally October 30th, the day before Halloween. Most overweight kids also say that holiday "treats" mess up their weight loss efforts. Halloween is one of the worst. SAAD seeks to make holidays such as Halloween still fun, but healthy.
7/28/11: Portland tribune story about the Obesity Wars.
7/24/11: Healthy Place Radio Show interview
7/15/11: International Conference on Childhood Obesity Presentation
6/24/11: Here's a paper just published in Eating Disorders by Dr. Pretlow "Addiction to highly pleasurable food as a cause of the childhood obesity epidemic"
6/2/11: Here's a presentation (audio & slides) by Dr. Pretlow at the European Congress on Obesity entitled: "Addiction to highly pleasurable food as a cause of the childhood obesity epidemic"
4/27/11: Check out this blog post by Dr. Pretlow on: "Ending Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Eating & Exercise? - That is sooo not it!!!"
4/18/11: Check out this guest blog post on Fooducate.com by Dr. Pretlow on: Those %@#! Comfort Food Commercials.
10/7/10: Dr. Robert Pretlow did a presentation at the Royal College of Physicians National Obesity Forum in London on "Why are children overweight?"
8/17/10: We now have new online Food-Emotion Diaries that kids can use to track what they eat each day and what they feel just before they eat. This will help them realize how much they eat and whether they are comfort eating to relieve stress, sadness, or boredom. Kids can sign up for a Food-Emotion Diary by signing up for their own weight chart in the eCare Area.
4/27/10: Dr. Robert Pretlow did a presentation at the Uniting Against Childhood Obesity conference in Houston on "What's really causing the childhood obesity epidemic?"
4/24/10: A new book is available that presents what thousands of kids say about being overweight; their lives, struggles, and successes in their own words; how they feel about their parents and health professionals; and why they overeat. A bulletin board is available where you may post your comments about the book. The black & white (interior) book is available on Amazon.com for $9.35 (US). The full color eBook (PDF) version is available for download for $7.95 (US). Click here for further information or contact Dr. Robert Pretlow at: 1-206-448-4414 (Seattle)
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