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FDA approves new drug for Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
TOS
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, under the brand name Vyvanse, to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) in adults, a first of its kind prescription drug specifically indicated for BED.

"Given that if untreated, BED has shown in some people to lead to reduced long-term success in behavioral weight-loss programs and following bariatric surgery, this new tool may prove useful in the obesity treatment setting," said Martin Binks, PhD, The Obesity Society (TOS) Secretary Treasurer and Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University.

For clinicians, TOS says that understanding the differences between obesity and BED is important. BED is an eating disorder that affects only a portion of those with the medical disease obesity. While as many as 30% of people seeking obesity treatment may report some degree of binge eating, those who meet clinical criteria for BED likely represent only 7-10% of all obesity treatment seekers.

"Vyvanse is approved for treating BED, but it is not approved for weight-loss or obesity treatment and should not be considered a replacement for this treatment" says Susan L. McElroy, MD, a TOS member who specializes in both obesity and BED treatment, and Chief Research Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
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Pennington launches Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit
Contributed by Amanda Staiano, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is pleased to launch its new Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit, which provides an overview of best practices to assist primary care providers in providing preventive and treatment services for childhood obesity. TOS Pediatric Obesity Councilor and Public Affairs Chair Amanda Staiano, PhD led development of the toolkit.

The Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit includes:
  • An emphasis on the importance of family involvement in health, including encouraging parents to model healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle;
  • A focus on self-monitoring and goal setting with nutrition and exercise at the forefront;
  • Integration of new technology such as smartphone apps, pedometers, text messaging, video conferencing and other cutting-edge tools to motivate patients, and;
  • Motivational interviewing techniques to encourage positive and non-judgmental conversations between doctors and their patients.
Find the Childhood Obesity Toolkit here and help Pennington Biomedical document current practices related to childhood obesity treatment in Louisiana by taking this survey.

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Shall we blame Walmart for obesity?
Contributed by ConscienHealth
Villains are useful. A genuine, identifiable villain causing a problem can mobilize people to correct the problem. With obesity, we have lots of phantom villains.

Another candidate popped up this week in a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Should we blame Walmart for obesity?

Charles Courtemanche and colleagues built a comprehensive model of body weight that explains almost 60% of the rise in more severe forms of obesity (Class 2 & 3). They find that the density of restaurants, supercenters, and warehouse clubs are "primary drivers of the results."

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Reminder: TOS early career webinar, 'Strategies to build a successful research program'
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee
Have you considered developing a research program, but aren't sure how to get started or how to be successful? Don't forget to sign up by February 13 for TOS's Early Career Member Committee's first webinar, "Strategies to Build a Successful Research Program in Obesity Related Research."

Two successful investigators, Drs. Oliva Affuso and Jean-Philippe Chaput, will share their experiences and provide expert advice. The webinar will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 pm ET. All are welcome. Register online here to reserve your spot!

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U.S. bans ads for green coffee weight-loss supplements
Contributed by HealthCentral
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that green coffee bean supplements, promoted as a weight-loss treatment on TV programs like the "The Dr. Oz Show," will no longer be permitted to advertise as a weight-loss product.

The supplement manufacturer claimed that people taking the supplement would lose 17 pounds in 12 weeks without having to increase exercise or restrict their diet. But the FTC found there was no basis to these claims and ordered the company operating under the names, Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today, Inc. to pay $9 million in refunds to people who bought the product.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin
It's time for another edition of the Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better, and learn more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FTOS, Director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity and Associate Professor of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My areas of expertise are obesity treatment and prevention. I have performed a number of controlled clinical trials and laboratory studies of different diet techniques.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Network! Today's research environment requires active collaborations. Knowing others in your field and their work will enable you to maximize the opportunities to enhance your work through collaborations with others.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: There are any number of exciting areas in obesity research that are rapidly evolving. One of my favorites is the emerging field of applying systems-science approaches to understand the complexity of obesity and to model and choose treatments of the future that will have the greatest impact.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: My wife and I started an animal rescue two years ago on an old historic farm in Ellicott City, Maryland (Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary). We specialize in neglected and abandoned farm animals and have horses, mules, donkeys, pigs, goats, sheep and even a cow. That keeps us busy and entertained when not at work!

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Cheskin here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on February 18!

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How can families support the weight-loss journey? Q&A with TOS member Dr. Rubino
TOS
Often individuals are confronted with pressure from loved ones throughout their weight-loss journey. Explaining the best way for family and friends to provide support can be a challenge.

"We all know that support comes from a good place, but can seem stressful at times," says TOS Member Domenica Rubino, MD, Director and Founder of the Washington Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss in this blog post by the Obesity Action Coalition. "The most important thing a spouse or friend can do for a loved one who's on the journey of weight loss is to be there for them."

Read tips from Dr. Rubino in the OAC's interview with her here.

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Are you listed in the Clinician Directory?
TOS
The Obesity Society's Clinician Directory includes society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all aspects of the field of obesity. The Clinician Directory is available to the general public and is also available through the Obesity Action Coalition. If you are a TOS member who treats patients and are interested in being listed in our Clinician Directory, please sign up here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


CDC food study: Toddlers getting too much salt and sugar in diet
New York Daily News
About seven in 10 toddler dinners studied contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers contained extra sugars, according to the study by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They advise parents to read food labels carefully and select healthier choices. The researchers analyzed package information and labels for more than 1,000 foods marketed for infants and toddlers. Results appear in the journal Pediatrics.
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Binge-watching TV: Study discovers reasons for TV binge-watching, warning signs
Examiner
Binge-watching TV might have more reasons than just a few hours of relaxation. A new study examining the reasons for binge-watching TV discovered that the more lonely and depressed you are, the more likely you are to spend too much time escaping into a different world. According to a ScienceDaily report, marathon watching a TV series is an indication that someone might be losing self-control.
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Exploring the link between obesity and cancer
NJ.com
Emerging research suggests a link between obesity and the risk of developing and dying from many common cancers. Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer, with as many as 84,000 cancer diagnoses attributed to obesity each year in the United States. It is also estimated that obesity or excess weight contributes to as many as one in five cancer-related deaths.
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10 obstacles for people who need bariatric surgery
ConscienHealth
Reeger Cortell has been puzzling over the reasons that many people do not seek out surgical treatment percent of people with severe obesity say they would not even consider surgery. As a nurse practitioner, Cortell cares for people seeking bariatric surgery and produces the outstanding Weight Loss Surgery Podcast in her spare time. So she reached out to the people who follow her to do a survey of the obstacles.
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In Heart Month, reduce your risk factors for disease
The News Journal
As the body's largest muscle, the heart gets quite a work-out, beating close to 100,000 times per day. Excess weight increases the workload — the more there is of you, the more demands are placed on your heart. February is Heart Month — it's a good time to assess your individual risk for heart disease, and to work towards lowering your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.
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Is obesity a disability? Experts weigh in
EHS Today
A recent European Court of Justice ruling supports disability protections for obesity under certain circumstances, and a group of organizations in the United States is calling for the same protection here. The EU decision that sparked the development of the new position relates to a case of a child care worker who claimed he was fired from his job because of his weight.
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New 'clinical roadmap' for obesity drug treatments
HealthCentral
The Endocrine Society has released a new guideline as an aid for doctors when prescribing obesity weight-loss drugs, and developing proper weight-loss treatment plans. Researchers say these guidelines are the first of its kind, and can help fill gaps in obesity treatment.
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New year, new code: How to get paid for chronic care management in 2015, part 3
Healio
Beginning in 2015, physicians and other qualified health care professionals will be able to separately bill Medicare for providing non-face-to-face chronic care management, or CCM, services by billing CPT code 99490. In recognizing and payment for these non-face-to-face services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken an important step toward recognizing that care coordination is an essential feature of providing high-quality primary care and that important aspects of this care occur when the patient is not in the office.
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