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Have you connected with TOS lately?
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues,

Have you connected with TOS lately?

If you have, you may have noticed that we have several new initiatives underway to improve the experience of our members. I'd like to take a moment to highlight a few of our most recent activities intended to engage and support you — our members — as you grow in your field.

Webinars
: Thus far this year, TOS has held two successful webinars for obesity professionals:
Strategies to Build a Successful Program in Obesity-Related Research, Feb. 19: This webinar, open to all and intended for early career researchers and clinicians, was led by two successful investigators who provided expert insight into building a research program.

Learn to Leverage Communications & Media to Support Your Work, April 8 (today!): This webinar, held as special member benefit, gave a refresher on obesity communications and details for securing new tools to take it a step further.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Research finds commercial diets effective for weight loss, tied to better health
TOS
New research led by Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that commercial weight-loss programs can offer significant weight loss after one year of participation when compared to a control group, which could be medically significant for many people with obesity or excess weight.

"A modest amount of weight loss can make a significant difference in overall health, particularly for individuals with obesity," says The Obesity Society spokesperson and public affairs co-chair, Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Losing 10 to 15 pounds may not always meet an individual's weight-loss goals, but can be enough to lead to meaningful reductions in health markers such as blood sugar and blood pressure."

According to the authors, many commercial programs show promising weight-loss results, but additional research is needed to better understand the long-term outcomes.

Read more in TOS’s press release here.

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Irisin levels before and after physical activity among school-age children of different BMI: A direct relation with leptin
Contributed by Issy Esangbedo, MD
A new study by Palacios-Gonzales et al in the April issue of Obesity investigates irisin levels and the relation with leptin levels in school-age children before and after a physical activity program. A sample of 85 healthy children (45 female, 40 male) between the ages of 8 to 10 years in Central Mexico were selected after written informed consent was obtained from parents or legal guardians. The children were stratified according to their BMI (normal, overweight, obesity), enrolled in an 8-month physical activity program and told to make no changes to their dietary habits. Anthropometric and biochemical analyses were assessed at baseline and after the physical activity program including weight, height, BMI, fasting glucose, fasting lipids, irisin and leptin levels.

The findings showed no significant difference in irisin levels between males and females. Irisin was positively associated with BMI before and after the physical activity program with the highest levels in children with obesity. There was a slight decrease in irisin levels after the program but it was not of statistical significance. A strong association between the total decrease in leptin and irisin levels was observed. Therefore, it was concluded that circulating irisin is positively linked to BMI and leptin in school-age children supporting the belief that most basal irisin is produced by adipose tissue. There were no observed changes in irisin levels after exercise, likely because irisin is produced by skeletal muscle during exercise. Read more in the full article here.

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Reminder: Submit papers for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
TOS
Don't forget, the editors of Obesity are looking for your best research for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium, which will be held during ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of the journal are designed to showcase the journal's top papers.

The authors of the winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium, and will have their papers features in a special section at the front of the November 2015 issue of Obesity. Both the Symposium and the full published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press. Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are encouraged to submit their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring even greater visibility to their work. State-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms and novel "proof of concept" papers are particularly sought.

Please submit your paper through the journal's online manuscript submission system. Entries are now being accepted, and all papers must be submitted for consideration by June 1.

Additional details are available here. Read last year's winning papers here.

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Job listings exclusively for the obesity professional community
TOS
Attention employers, recruiters and job seekers! TOS offers an opportunity to connect you with others exclusively in the obesity community through our online Job Center. Jobseekers can post an anonymous resume, search for listed jobs and create a personalized job alert. Recruiters can search for the best candidate and post jobs all at the click of a button. Check out the Job Center here.
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Call for Abstracts: TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
TOS
Submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations at TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015. The abstract submission site remains open through May 1, 2015.

Each year, ObesityWeek highlights cutting-edge findings across a broad range of topics — from the basic science of obesity, to treatment and prevention. You won't want to miss this prestigious opportunity to present your research to your esteemed colleagues, industry, media, state and federal health authorities and the public.

You can find a full list of instructions for submitting your abstracts here and access the submission site here. Read more about the submission process in this letter from TOS President Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS.

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Manage your profile in TOS's Member Center
TOS
When was the last time you signed in to TOS's Member Center? Make sure your contact information is up to date in our system so you don't miss out on the following TOS resources:
  • Awards and Grants Programs
  • Access to the Obesity journal
  • Online membership directory, your networking source for medical and scientific obesity professionals
  • Unique mentoring opportunities for early-career investigators
  • Leadership and networking opportunities in your field
  • Discounts on registration fees for ObesityWeek
  • Did you know TOS now offers free webinars for members? Check out our upcoming and past webinars here, and be on the lookout for emails with registration information.

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    eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
    Contributed by TOS eHealth/mHealth Section
    To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth Section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
    Pretlow RA, Stock CM, Allison S, et al. Treatment of Child/Adolescent Obesity Using the Addiction Model: A Smartphone App Pilot Study. Child Obes. 2015 Mar 11. [Epub ahead of print].

    Safran Naimark J, Madar Z, R Shahar D. The Impact of a Web-Based App (eBalance) in Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Mar 2;17(3):e56. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3682.

    Lin M, Mahmooth Z, Dedhia N, et al. Tailored, Interactive Text Messages for Enhancing Weight-Loss among African-Americans Adults: The TRIMM randomized controlled trial. Am J Med. 2015 Mar 31doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.03.013. [Epub ahead of print]
    If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (schoffmd@email.sc.edu), and we’ll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    Study warns of diet supplement dangers kept quiet by FDA
    The New York Times
    Popular weight-loss and workout supplements on sale in hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation contain a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine, the powerful stimulant, and pose dangers to the health of those who take them, according to a new study. The Canadian health authorities called the chemical, BMPEA, "a serious health risk," and pulled supplements that contain it from store shelves.
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    Who picks up the tab for science?
    Boston University
    At universities across the United States, cuts in federal research funding are threatening to slow the pace of scientific progress. A recent Pew survey highlights a disturbing disconnect: while a majority of Americans support federally funded research, many also distrust science — especially when it comes to subjects like climate change.
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    Grocery store shelves could be America's greatest obesity concern
    Takepart via Yahoo News
    America's food system seems to be changing for the better. Kids are eating less fast food than they were 10 years ago, SNAP benefits are accepted at thousands of farmers markets across the nation, and farming practices that abuse antibiotics and rely on GMO crops are regularly condemned.
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    Doctor's advice may help prompt weight loss
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Overweight people may lose more weight if their doctor tells them to, a new study finds. University of Georgia researchers examined data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that a doctor's recommendation was associated with a 10-pound weight loss among women and a 12-pound weight loss among men.
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    Night owls have higher risk of diabetes
    HealthCentral
    A new study has found that night owls, regardless of other lifestyle factors, may have a higher risk of diabetes or reduced muscle mass compared to early risers. The findings, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, looked at the sleeping habits of 1,620 middle-aged adults. The participants, ranging in age from age 47 to 59, were asked to identify themselves as strong morning people, strong night people, or somewhere in-between.
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    Plagued by herbal frauds
    ConscienHealth
    Herbal frauds are everywhere, trying to tap into the magical thinking of people feeling that their weight and their health are out of control. This week the attorneys general of 14 states asked Congress to investigate the safety of herbal supplements and to consider giving the FDA more power to regulate them.
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    Excess weight early in life linked to colon cancer risk in women
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Women who were overweight as children and teens may have a greater risk of colon cancer, no matter what their current weight, a new study cautions. Researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 American women and more than 34,000 American men. Over an average of 22 years, 2,100 of them developed colon cancer.
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    Have another bite: Do you suffer from 'progress bias'?
    CNBC
    You're been good all week, so what's the harm of having a donut for breakfast on Friday? Or shelling out for those new shoes? It could be the reason your bank account is empty but your belly is, ahem, a little full. There's no harm in splurging once in a while, of course. The harm comes when we forget what we've splurged on, but we remember each and every donut we didn't eat.
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