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Doug Pedersen is the founder of PLAYGROUND:GLOBAL (PGG), a research and education company. His own history with childhood obesity and study of human nature fuels his writing, speech topics, and teachings, which are designed to help people understand and meet their human needs in balanced, effective, and healthy ways. In his latest project, Doug is helping mothers understand, communicate, and heal their seriously overweight children via PGG’s Worried Mom Coach program and his latest book “Tuna Breath: A 275-Pound Teenager’s Coming Of Age Story.”

Doug is a 6-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and he has a Bachelors degree in Business & Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After completing his education in 2002, Doug joined Putnam Lovell NBF as a junior Investment Banker before eventually pursuing advancement in the territory sales ranks of Hewlett-Packard Company. In 2008 Doug left Corporate America to help lead and grow Careers In Nonprofits, where he is still plays an active role. Doug is a writer and sought after speaker, having graduated from National Speakers Association of Illinois’ Speaker University. He is also certified in Strategic Intervention by the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention and the University of San Francisco. Doug currently lives with his wife and son in the Washington, DC area.




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Personal Bio

Doug Pedersen was born in Greeley, Colorado.  As the youngest in a family of two boys, he was raised in Burbank, California by his youthful parents who traded in the farmland of Nebraska for the smog and sunshine of the big city.  He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area where he and his wife run a staffing company.

According to his writings, he’s a deeply sensitive guy that overcame childhood obesity only to struggle with the same emotional imbalances that lurked in his shadow into adulthood.  While in California his father became ill and lost his job.  For the first time in Doug’s life things felt uncertain.  He quickly discovered that food was the one thing he could control.  He learned how to mask his emotional reaction to any situation by consuming massive amounts of food, exploiting this lesson he swelled to 275 lbs.  This understanding started him down a destructive path where emotions dictated compulsive reactions.  It took him twenty years to reverse the affects of that lesson and learn what real balance and true peace of mind is really all about.

A self proclaimed slacker way before Attention Deficit Disorder was commonly diagnosed, Doug mastered the ability to focus his incessant daydreaming and turn it into something productive.  He lost the weight and devoured nutrition and exercise books.  While finding his body’s natural happy spot, he discovered that the obesity was just a symptom of an emotional imbalance that manifested in every aspect of his life.  His hope is that through his writing people will be able to learn to look inward and diagnose the emotions that accompany living with any amount of unwanted turmoil and become proactive in the mastery of their own response to those emotions.

Doug’s path to writing has been an unconventional one.  He has held many odd jobs – cafeteria worker, security guard, Marine, Investment Banker, Technology Salesman – all of which has helped him hone his voice and natural ability to communicate and connect with people.  Doug’s writing is funny, sarcastic, serious, and always honest.  He understands that in order to help his readers he needs to reveal everything, even if it is painful or uncomfortable, so that they can learn from his mistakes and grow in a positive direction.

“Let’s grow together!” – Doug Pedersen, author of TUNA BREATH