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ObesityWeek℠ abstract submission deadline extended to May 8!
TOS
Submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations at TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015. The abstract submission site will remain open until 5:00 pm ET, Friday, May 8, 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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Attending Canadian Obesity Summit this week? Stop by TOS booth #34 to win!
TOS
The Canadian Obesity Network and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons look forward to welcoming more than 1,000 delegates to their annual conference in Toronto this week.

Stop by TOS booth #34 for a chance to win a free copy of the Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults. The first ten obesity professionals who join or renew with TOS will receive the hardcopy — a $50 value!

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Healthy children's menu items tied to healthier ordering patterns and sustained restaurant revenue
TOS
The first study of its kind evaluating ordering patterns of children's meals when provided with healthier menu items and changes in restaurant revenues shows potential for both improved children's health and restaurant growth. The research shows that increasing the prevalence and automaticity of healthier options at a regional, full-service United States restaurant chain was associated with improved nutritional quality of food orders for children and continued revenue growth for restaurants. This study, published in The Obesity Society's scientific journal Obesity, shows promise for other restaurateurs looking to promote healthy eating among children while remaining competitive in the marketplace.

"Children and families in the U.S. often eat meals away from home making it even more important for restaurants to provide menu options that have the potential to promote health and improve nutrition," says Amanda Staiano, PhD, MPP, Public Affairs Chair of The Obesity Society and Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

To conduct the study, Tufts University researchers led by Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, investigated the purchasing patterns of children's meals before and after a regional restaurant chain implemented healthier children's menu items in its 13 standard locations. The healthier menu featured a greater number of children's meals eligible for the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program, which is designed to decrease the caloric content and increase the micronutrient content of children's meals in restaurants.

Read more in TOS press release and in the full article in Obesity.

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Clinically meaningful weight loss from a smartphone-based treatment
Contributed by Amanda Staiano, PhD
Two-thirds of Americans are smartphone owners, up from 35% in 2011. Though most popular among younger Americans with relatively high income and education levels, a 2015 Pew Report indicated that Americans with low income and education are often "smartphone-dependent," meaning the phone provides their predominant, or only, entry into the Internet. To capitalize on the ubiquity of smartphones in Americans' daily life, investigators at Pennington Biomedical led by TOS member Corby Martin, PhD, tested a 12-week pilot study of SmartLoss, a weight-loss intervention delivered over the smartphone (results reported in this month's issue of Obesity).

Middle-aged adults (83% female) who were overweight or had class I obesity were randomly assigned to the SmartLoss intervention or an attention-match Health Education group. The SmartLoss intervention included a 1200 to 1400 kcal/d diet and a body weight scale and accelerometer that wirelessly transmitted weight and physical activity information to the SmartLoss website. Weight loss was significantly larger for the SmartLoss group, with 9.4% average weight loss vs. 0.6% weight loss in the comparison group. SmartLoss participants rated the intervention as convenient and helpful in facilitating weight loss.

Smartphone-based interventions with accompanying websites offer benefits to patients including wide-scale dissemination, automated treatment delivery (via emails/texts), round-the-clock access to weight-loss support, and real-time data transfer to health counselors. With emerging evidence that smartphone-based interventions produce clinically meaningful weight loss, mHealth technologies are rapidly being accepted as effective and scalable options for weight-loss treatment.

See the full study here.

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National television PSA focuses on the impact of family, relationships on weight and health
Obesity Action Coalition
Affecting more than 93 million Americans, the disease of obesity is associated with more than 40 related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, some cancers and more. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of excess weight and obesity, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) released a new Your Weight Matters Campaign National television public service announcement (PSA) focusing on family, relationships and their impact on weight and health.

"On average, Americans spend approximately $60 billion each year on weight-loss products; however, often times, individuals are not discussing the issue of weight with their healthcare provider. Today, there are many evidence-based treatment options available for individuals to utilize, under the care of their healthcare provider, to manage their weight and health. The Your Weight Matters Campaign helps individuals prepare for that important conversation and offers valuable resources," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

Read more in the OAC press release and watch the PSA.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Joseph E. Donnelly, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Joseph E. Donnelly, FTOS
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 Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FTOS, Professor and Director for the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management and the Energy Balance Laboratory at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas-Lawrence:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I use an energy balance approach to develop interventions to prevent and treat obesity and related comorbid conditions in children and adults. Low cost, low burden evidence-based programs are investigated as well as remote delivery strategies.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Don't turn down work. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Persistence and persistence alone is omnipotent.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: Use of the energy balance approach as a guide for new research studies. Remote delivery of interventions.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Hunt, Farm and Construction

Read the rest of the interview with Joseph Donnelly here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on May 13!

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TOS Fellow Dr. Dietz is honored with 2015 Master of the American Board of Obesity Medicine Award
American Board of Obesity Medicine
William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, FTOS is the recipient of the 2015 Master of the American Board of Obesity Medicine award, presented to a physician who has made significant contributions to the science, practice and/or advancement of obesity medicine. Dr. Dietz is the Director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He also serves as the director of the STOP Obesity Alliance, a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity.

"Dr. Dietz is unique in the field of obesity and most deserving of our Master award," said Dr. Robert Kushner, chairman of the board of directors of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). "He has devoted his long and distinguished career to the prevention and treatment of obesity among children and adolescents. His seminal work has spanned clinical practice, academic research and public policy initiatives."

Read more in the ABOM press release.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Eat in reverse to get out of your food rut
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
One study published in the journal Obesity compared two groups of overweight women. Over 12 weeks, the women who ate the bigger breakfast lost more weight and belly fat, had a bigger reduction of triglycerides and glucose and reported being less hungry and more satisfied than the big-dinner group. With that many plusses, it's worth a try.
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Study makes surprising link between TV time and childhood obesity
Los Angeles Times via MSN
The ill effects of being a couch potato kick in fast for kindergartners, a new study suggests. Kindergarten children who watched television for more than one hour a day were 52 percent more likely to be overweight than their schoolmates who watched less TV, researchers said Sunday. The kids who spent at least an hour each day in front of the boob tube were also 72 percent more likely to be obese.
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Don't fall for these 7 nutrition myths
PopSugar via MSN
The Internet is like the Wild West when it comes to nutrition information: anything goes. Websites are rife with less-than-accurate nutrition facts, which only fuels food myths and adds to consumers' confusion about which picks are the healthiest. At best, you can hope there's a kernel of truth in what you're reading, but more often than not, there's no scientific basis for these myths. Below are seven of the most popular nutrition myths and the real deal on each.
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Novo Nordisk announces Saxenda® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) is now commercially available in the United States
PRNewswire via Biotechgate
Novo Nordisk announced that Saxenda® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) is now available in the United States. Saxenda® is the first once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist for chronic weight management in adults. It is indicated in the United States as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or who are overweight in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition.
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Obesity in pregnancy puts child at diabetes risk
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
Women who are obese while pregnant may put their offspring at risk of childhood diabetes, a condition that requires lifelong insulin therapy, Swedish researchers said. A study of more than 1.2 million children born in Sweden between 1992 and 2004 and monitored for several years, found a 33-percent higher risk for the disease among children whose mothers were obese during the first trimester of pregnancy, but were not diabetic themselves.
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Emoticons, small prizes help kids make healthy food choices in school
Medical Daily
Healthy food choices can be difficult to make at any age — but they're especially difficult when you're eating in a school cafeteria. But could the solution be so simple as to serve this foods with an, ahem, smile? A new study to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego says yes.
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Calorie restriction with exercise improves insulin sensitivity
Healio
Adults with overweight who combined calorie restriction with exercise for weight loss had greater improvements in insulin sensitivity than those who only restricted calories or only exercised, according to research in Diabetes Care. Study results also revealed that calorie restriction alone improved glucoregulation, with postprandial glucagon-like peptide-1 concentrations decreased in response to calorie restriction, but not to matched weight loss from exercise, according to researchers.
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