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About Childhood Obesity News

Childhood Obesity News is a newsblog published by eHealth International, Inc. Our goal is to search out the best information available online about the global epidemic in childhood obesity, and present that information here for parents, teachers, caregivers, health care workers, legislators, children, and all others concerned about this problem.

This blog is based on the book, Overweight: What Kids Say, and the work of its author, Dr. Robert A. Pretlow. Dr. Robert Pretlow graduated with honors from Princeton University. He received his M.D. from the University of Virginia Medical School, where he also did his internship and residency in pediatrics. He is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pretlow conducted a 10-year anonymous survey into children’s attitudes about weight and weight loss. The book consists of children’s candid answers and Dr. Pretlow’s keen conclusions.

For example, in one poll taken by 103 kids, nearly three-fourths (74%) indicated they lose weight better with an online program and support than with a health professional (page 112). Overweight kids are reluctant to talk with anyone about their weight problems, including parents, teachers, and health professionals. They prefer the anonymity of the Internet combined with anonymous support from weight loss buddies and trained, online weight loss professionals.

Childhood Obesity News is written by lead newsblogger, Pat Hartman, and a team of editors from SixEstate Communications. Pat Hartman is an editor, journalist and freelance writer. You can reach her directly via email at Pat (dot) Hartman (at) SixEstate (dot) com.

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  1. The Precinct Studios permalink
    September 30, 2010 12:03 AM

    Shocking new childhood obesity commercial cracks down on parents. 

    Released yesterday by The Precinct Studios, ‘Break the Habit’ is a new commercial that aims to draw attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity in Australia. The commercial – intentionally controversial in subject matter – directly targets parents who continue to feed their children junk food regardless of the damaging effects it is known to cause them. By comparing junk food to drug abuse, the commercial aims to make parents stop and think about their actions and remind them that junk food is a major contributor of childhood obesity, which is linked to a variety of chronic illnesses.

    Henry Motteram, Managing Director of The Precinct Studios says, “Parents need to be aware that if their children become obese, it is more than likely because of them. For whatever reason, many parents ignore the early signs that surround the onset of obesity and fail in their duty of care to address the problem. It is hoped that this commercial will highlight this and get people talking about the topic”.

    ‘Break the Habit’ launched yesterday via social networking sites in a successful bid to start a discussion around not only childhood obesity but parents responsibility in the matter. 

    The commercial can be viewed at:

    Facebook page



  2. October 15, 2010 4:08 PM

    This is a very interesting website. I am learning a lot when I read this. I have a quick question, however.
    Is there such thing as gaining weight in a healthy manner? Or is gaining weight at all a horrific sin, and must never be done?
    I’m 18 years old, five-foot-three, and weigh 86 pounds and don’t have an eating disorder. However, I lost six pounds last year without even noticing. My doctor told me to gain a little bit of weight, and I really want to, but don’t know how. I want to gain back the six pounds that I lost, but I want all of my teeth, and a good heart while doing it. I don’t want to ruin myself. If you have an advice on this, I would gladly accept it. Thanks!

  3. Darby Brignac permalink
    November 2, 2010 3:11 PM

    Dr. Pretlow,
    Thank you for shedding light on obesity issues. I certainly found the “couples lead to obesity” blog very interesting.

    I wanted to invite you to join physical therapists and people like you who are taking action to live healthier. Follow #MovePT on Twitter Nov. 3 (tomorrow!) from 6 to 7 p.m. ET to ask experts questions and learn how to live a healthier and active lifestyle.

    Here is where you can join the chat: I hope to see you there!

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