How to Create Your Dream Life

Dream Life

It may seem impossible right now, but you can live your dream life. My “dream it, plan it and live it” philosophy didn’t happen overnight, but now it fuels my drive to accomplish new things every day. So how to create your dream life? What is Your Dream Life? Have you outlined what your dream […]

Pet Obesity Epidemic

Pet Obesity

Pet Obesity in companion animals, which might be pets or service animals, is a frustrating and seemingly intractable problem. It is not surprising to learn that a disturbing percentage of house cats and house dogs are too fat — but horses? That’s crazy! Like humans, obese pets tend to suffer from co-morbidities such as arthritis, […]

Motivational Interviewing of Doctors

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is one of the tools of choice in the childhood obesity field. Why? Dr. Martin T. Stein suggests that, in primary care settings, childhood obesity is relatively unresponsive to more customary interventions. Doctors are urged to incorporate motivational interviewing of parents in their evaluation and treatment of obese children. Reviewers have characterized the […]

Obesity and COVID-19

Obesity and COVID-19

Obesity and COVID-19 are very compatible with each other, as Childhood Obesity News has pointed out before. Reports keep piling up that describe the simpatico relationship between the two plagues. One thing the coronavirus does is force people to eat highly processed, nutritionally impoverished junk, even when they know better and don’t want to. A […]

Obesity in house pets

house pet

obesity in house pets The annual meeting (virtual, of course) of the American Society of Animal Science.Will feature an astonishing variety of topics over a four-day period, Sunday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Dr. Pretlow has been invited to speak on the afternoon of Monday, July 20, on the topic. “What’s causing obesity […]

Obesity Meals and Other Ideals

Childhood obesity

We looked at some of the problems with scheduled meals, especially during the pandemic when life can tend to vacillate between tedious boredom and unbridled chaos. Yes, consistent meal times are quite important for a number of reasons. On a very foundational level, a meal schedule implies the absence of snacking, whose banishment is always […]

Doubts About Body mass index

Science marches on, which sometimes causes embarrassment when new information emerges. This might be the case with body mass index or BMI, which is generally taken to be the best feasible way of measuring the risk and degree of obesity in children. A downloadable PDF file from Shape Up America! describes how a screening program […]

Coronavirus Chronicles More Possible Life Hacks

A new expression has entered the language, as people are urged to “drop the Covid 19.” This is of course a play on the venerable adage that every new college student engages in comfort eating, and consequently gains a certain number of pounds, the “freshman 15.” In combination with COVID-19, named for the year when […]

Coronavirus Chronicles Possible Life Hacks for Parents

A disclaimer has to be right up front in the title because nothing ever works for everybody, one-hundred percent, all the time. Claims of certainty should inspire scrutiny. On the other hand, it is always worth mentioning tips that have worked for somebody, especially if they happen to be backed by studies. These days, a […]

Kids Sports on childhood obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines for keeping kids safe if they engage in sports, these days. It is mostly common sense that shouldn’t even need to be verbalized. Of course, wrestling is risky. The combatants exchange bodily fluids and exhale in one another’s faces. And sports with shared equipment, from dodgeball to basketball, […]