Dr. Robert Pretlow
Robert Pretlow graduated with honors from Princeton University. He
received his MD 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. He has a Master of Science in electrical
engineering from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Pretlow has published 13 articles, has been awarded 5 U.S.
patents, and has presented 43 abstracts, keynotes, plenaries,
panels, and tutorials at national and international conferences. He
is author of the new book,
Overweight: What Kids Say: What’s Really Causing the Childhood
Obesity Epidemic. His article, “Addiction to Highly
Pleasurable Food as a Cause of the Childhood Obesity Epidemic”, was
recently published in the peer- reviewed journal,
Eating Disorders,19:4, 295-307 (2011).
Dr. Pretlow was an invited speaker at the
European Congress on Obesity, May 10, 2012, where he spoke on how
social networking and a smartphone app impact on childhood obesity.
He is founder and director of
Weigh2Rock.com, an online weight loss system for teens and
preteens, used by clinics, schools, private practitioners,
hospitals, community centers, and health clubs, worldwide. He
devotes full time to writing and lecturing on what’s really behind
the childhood obesity epidemic and implementing the solution.
Recently he has developed a childhood obesity intervention based on
the problem food (addiction) model and implemented as a smartphone
Dr. Pretlow has two children, a boy and a girl.