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Last chance to put the finishing touches on your obesity research abstracts! The TOS abstract submission site for ObesityWeek℠ 2017 is closing this Sunday, April 30. Take advantage of this opportunity to present your groundbreaking research on obesity prevention and treatment at TOS’s annual meeting – ObesityWeek 2017 – at National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area) Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Remember, the only opportunity to be considered for an Oral Abstract Presentation is during this abstract call.
Stay up-to-date on the latest ObesityWeek 2017 information here.
Registration for ObesityWeek 2017 will open in June. Use code TOSNEW for a special discount.
By: Kimberly Cox, PhD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week
TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FTOS.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FTOS.
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: My primary clinical area is obesity medicine in the care of children, adolescents, and adults. I conduct research on issues related to obesity policy, disparities, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, weight loss surgery, and weight bias.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: After the completion of my residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics, I completed my Obesity Medicine Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I've been working exclusively in this field since 2012.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: I get most excited about helping patients to achieve a healthy weight. I'm excited about a shift to a more positive outlook on life and a better quality of life.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Obesity offers a vast amount of opportunities. It is important to find what areas excite you most to ensure that you get the most out of this work. Continuing reading here.
Call for 2017 Awards Nominations
The Obesity Society's awards program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards reflecting different aspects or points in the careers of obesity researchers will be presented at ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, DC October 29-November 2, 2017.
The Obesity Society encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced this summer.
All award nominations must be received at the national office by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Atkinson-Stern Public Service Award
The George A. Bray Founders Award
The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards
The TOPS Research Achievement Award
TOS Scientific Achievement Award
The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship
For more information on how to apply and to read the awards descriptions click here.
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Weight Watchers and The Obesity Society have partnered to create the Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant. The grant will focus on the development of digital tools that employ evidence-based behavioral weight management strategies. The purpose of the grant is to help investigators collect pilot data to successfully compete for larger extramural funding. One grant will be funded for $50,000 for a one-year period. For more information, please visit the TOS website here.
The leadership of the Obesity and Cancer Section of TOS joins the Editorial Team of Obesity to seek submission of high-quality manuscripts for a special supplement issue of the journal to be published in November 2017.
With the goal of raising the profile of obesity and cancer research, this project seeks cutting edge original transdisciplinary research on obesity, energetics, and cancer. The special issue will be released concurrent with ObesityWeek 2017 and will be distributed on site in Washington, DC.
The TOS Obesity and Cancer Section has highlighted the term “transdisciplinary” to encourage submissions across the transdisciplinary spectrum, from genes to geography, from basic bench science to clinical trials and dissemination and implementation science. All papers will be evaluated by peer reviewers who are experts in the field of cancer research, and final selections for the special issue will be made by members of the Obesity and Cancer section.
Submissions for the special issue will open May 1, and all manuscripts must be received by July 1. To be considered, please submit your manuscript online and follow the guidelines for Original Articles. See the full Call for Papers here, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Want to get more involved? Become a leader? Apply today to join a committee.
TOS has a variety of committees that play an active role in assisting the Council to plan and administer the programs and activities that are at the heart of The Society's mission. Committees (standing and ad hoc) are responsible for studying issues, making recommendations, carrying out liaison activities, and implementing specific short-term projects approved by the Council.
Please note that committee seats necessitate a commitment to the cause of obesity and a dedication to the work. For example, committees meet each year during the Annual Scientific Meeting and committee members attend this meeting at their own expense. Acceptance of committee appointment implies a commitment to attend these meetings. Committee terms are a minimum of two years.
All TOS members are eligible to serve on committees, with a few exceptions. Members interested in serving on a committee(s) may complete and submit the 2017 Committee Volunteer Self-Nomination Form by Friday, June 9, 2017. You will be asked to list your committee interests in order of priority.
The Council urges interested members to volunteer. Your assistance in this effort to increase the effectiveness and productivity of The Society's objective and goals is recognized and appreciated.
The Call for Volunteers will remain open through Friday, June 9. Find out more about applying online here.
We are excited to announce our promotional partnership with Cardiometabolic Health Congress, and the opportunity to extend discounts to our members.
The CMHC Regional Conference Series, Focus on Frontline Education, is a primary-care focused series that provides the most current and recently emerging therapies and treatment guidelines aimed at reducing global cardiometabolic risk and improving clinical outcomes. There are two upcoming conferences in San Diego and in Chicago:
May 6th – San Diego, CA
August 12th – Chicago, IL
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The Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress, now in its 12th year, is the largest multidisciplinary conference focused solely on the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease. The 3 ½ day event offers today's healthcare professionals and practitioners a unique opportunity to learn real-world solutions and strategies that can immediately be implemented and integrated into clinical practice.
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The Washington Post
When the NFL launched Play 60 a decade ago as a way to get American youth active, the league had no idea what reach the program would have.
Ten years later, millions of youngsters and 73,000 schools have become involved. Affiliations with such organizations as the American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council have helped make Play 60 one of the nation’s most effective youth health and wellness initiatives, focusing on fighting obesity and encouraging children to be active.
The value of a simple standardized test to determine Body Mass Index — which measures weight relative to height — is under scrutiny as a growing number of health professionals say it's not the best way to assess health or obesity.
"You simply cannot step on a scale and decide whether you're healthy or not," Dr. Arya Sharma says, founder of the Canadian Obesity Network. "That's not how the body works and that's not what the evidence shows."
Obesity is to blame for a surge in kidney cancer in the U.K., causing an extra 20,000 cases in the last 10 years, according to a leading charity.
Cancer Research U.K. says that new cases of kidney cancer have risen steeply, by 40 percent over the past decade. Obesity and being overweight are implicated in about a quarter of kidney cancers, with smoking linked to another quarter, but while the numbers of people smoking has dropped, obesity continues to rise.
The Medical News
Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests.
"This study provides more evidence that routines for preschool-aged children are associated with their healthy development and could reduce the likelihood that these children will be obese," said lead author Sarah Anderson of The Ohio State University.
Nagging your kids to stick to a set bedtime each night may feel like a thankless task. But here's some justification that your efforts are setting your kids up for a healthier life: A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they became tweens.
"We found children who had inconsistent bedtimes were almost twice as likely to be obese by age 11 compared to kids who had regular bedtimes," says study author Sarah Anderson, an epidemiologist at The Ohio State University.
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