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TOS members: Submit letters of intent now for 2015 Early-Career Research Grants
TOS
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the funding of two Early-Career Research Grants for up to $25,000 each for the 2015 grant period. Letters of intent will be accepted now through March 30, 2015. Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply.

This program is offered by The Obesity Society as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The program targets junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. Early-Career investigators are defined as individuals who have received a PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years and who currently hold full-time, entry-level positions (e.g., post-doctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor) at an established academic/research institution.

Applicants may request up to $25,000. Letters of intent are due March 30, 2015. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by May 14, and the deadline for full proposal submissions is June 14. Funding for the successful applications will be available August 19, 2015. The award may be expended over a period of up to one year.

Additional information and application instructions are available here.
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TOS welcomes Akshar Patel as new Director of Scientific Meetings
TOS
Akshar Patel recently joined TOS as the new Director of Scientific Meetings. Akshar comes to TOS with more than ten years of meeting planning experience, including assisting with the 2nd inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington D.C.

Akshar is eager to put his meeting planning experience to good use as he helps plan ObesityWeek 2015. As a reminder, ObesityWeek 2015 will be held in Los Angeles, CA from November 2 – 7. Additional details are available at ObesityWeek.com.

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Read the inaugural editorial in Obesity Science & Practice
Contributed by David B. Sarwer
Have you seen the new open access journal from The Obesity Society and World Obesity? Obesity Science & Practice publishes high quality research related to all aspects of obesity and its comorbidities. All articles are fully open access and immediately available to read, download and share for free. The inaugural editorial is now available here.

The journal publishes papers of interest to researchers in academic, clinical, government and industry roles working to develop, test and refine new medical, behavioral, dietary, pharmacologic and surgical approaches to treat obesity. The journal also publishes papers of interest to professionals engaged in the clinical management of obesity and its related comorbidities as well as individuals actively involved in the prevention of obesity at the local, regional, national and international level.

Find out more about this new journal here.

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Save the date: TOS's free Media & Communications Training Webinar to be held April 8
TOS
TOS members, mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET for a free Media & Communications Training Webinar with experts Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander. Both Sylvia and Nick specialize in communications and issues management on a broad range of health, nutrition, food safety and risk issues, including media relations for scientific societies. Don't miss this free opportunity to learn how to:
  • Effectively use social media
  • Communicate with reporters about obesity
  • Improve your public speaking skills
  • Hold more efficient one-on-one meetings
For those who attended the Media & Communications workshop with Sylvia and Nick at ObesityWeek 2014, you will still find value in the webinar as it will reinforce these ideas and offer any new updates.

The webinar is free and available to all TOS members. Registration information will be available soon here. Have an idea for a webinar you'd like to see? Send your suggestions to communications@obesity.org.

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Congratulations new ABOM Diplomates!
TOS
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) recently certified more than 350 physicians who passed the 2014 American Board of Obesity Medicine certification examination. With 356 examinees passing the December 2014 test, including 342 first-time Diplomates, the total number of ABOM Diplomates throughout the United States and Canada increased to 1,178.

According to ABOM, the 356 Diplomates who passed the test include 14 doctors who recertified. They come from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four Canadian provinces. They include internists (139), family physicians (101), pediatricians (21), surgeons (15), endocrinologists (13) and obstetricians/gynecologists (11).

The Obesity Society would like to congratulate all the new ABOM Diplomates. Interested in getting certified? TOS holds an ABOM review course at its annual meeting, ObesityWeek. More information about the review course is available here.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Angelina Cain, MD, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Dr. Angelina Cain
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 Angelina Cain, MD, FTOS, Medical Director of Well-Star Bariatric Medicine in Marietta, Georgia:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: I am currently starting my second hospital based bariatric medicine department. I plan to grow this practice to include research and teaching along with evidence based, high quality patient care. In the future I plan to expand my current practice to a complete metabolic center.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Think outside of the box and follow your passion; you never know what connections you might make or new discoveries you will find.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The direct effect of obesity on common co-morbidities.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?

A: I love to spend time with my family — my husband and two sons. We enjoy being on the water (lake or beach), going to concerts and traveling to visit family and friends.

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

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The invention that could end obesity
BuzzFeed
A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works.
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Consider a more holistic approach to children's nutrition
The Boston Globe
When thinking about how to get kids to eat better and avoid obesity, parents and schools need to consider a more holistic approach rather than just singling out certain nutrients — like salt or added sugar — to reduce or ban from foods they serve. That's the message the American Academy of Pediatrics conveyed in a new policy statement.
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Junk food taxes don't work
U.S. News & World Report
What if I told you there was an easy way to fix various health problems that had a variety of benefits and very little cost? Your first reaction could be "let's do it." This is the promise that comes with taxing items to change consumer behavior. But, after many years of failed policy attempts, you should be a bit more skeptical of this approach.
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Study: Stop weight shaming, calorie counting to encourage healthy eating
Relaxnews via Yahoo News
Traditional strategies for encouraging young people to eat healthily have come under fire in the findings of four U.S.-based research teams. Advertisements for weight loss programs that portray overweight and obese individuals in a negative manner could actually lead to weight gain, according to a study at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Chart: How childhood obesity has swept the world in less than a generation
The Lancet via The Washington Post
A new comprehensive study published in The Lancet looks at the state of obesity around the world, and shares several grim observations, including that no country has managed to curb its obesity epidemic. It also looks specifically at the prevalence of child and adolescent obesity, which has risen significantly around the globe in a matter of "less than one generation." That troubling ascent can be seen in the chart above, which shows the rising percentage of children who are overweight or obese in 9 distinct countries around the world.
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Study offers new findings on obesity and pregnancy
Parents
If you carry extra weight and you're pregnant or plan to get pregnant, you'll want to read this. A new study is offering the first-ever guidance for pregnant women in various categories of obesity — and the findings suggest that obese women should not gain any weight at all until they're about halfway through their pregnancies (or even later!).
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Food additives linked to obesity, digestive problems in study
CBS News
The magic of food science has made it possible to walk into a supermarket and buy a bag of cookies that are just as soft and chewy as the ones grandma used to make — but last a whole lot longer. These chemicals found in foods, known as emulsifiers, are the reason store-bought bread and cake is soft and fluffy, margarine and bottled salad dressing is smooth and ice cream is creamy.
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Study yields pregnancy guidance for the obese
Relaxnews via Yahoo News
Waiting until you're halfway through your pregnancy to start gaining weight could prevent complications if you're obese, according to a new study conducted at the Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the U.S. This applies to those with a Body Mass Index of 35-39.9, which healthcare professionals consider class II obesity and also to those with a BMI of 40 or more, which falls under class III obesity.
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