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TOS gets you ready for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam
Certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. Here's what you need to know about the 2015 certification exam:
The exam will be offered December 5-12, 2015 at computer-based testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The application deadline is August 24, 2015. Candidates who register by July 13 save $250.
You can access the application portal here.
You can learn more about ABOM eligibility requirements here.
Before you can take the ABOM Certification Exam in December, you must obtain 60 CME credits.
TOS offers an ABOM Review Course at its annual meeting, ObesityWeek℠ 2015, Nov. 2-7 in Los Angeles, CA. Review course attendees may use the CME credits from the course to count toward their 60 CME credits, even though the course takes place after ABOM's final application deadline of August 24. Here's how:
1. Register for TOS's ABOM review course at ObesityWeek (registration will be available soon!).
Pricing information is as follows:
2. When prompted through ABOM’s online application, upload the registration confirmation you receive from TOS.
3. Carefully plan your ObesityWeek schedule to ensure you are able to complete all necessary CME credits. If you are planning to earn 30+ CME credits, you must attend the review course and be present for a session during every hour that courses are offered during ObesityWeek. This is the only way to earn the maximum number of credits.
For more information, visit ABOM.org.
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TOS submits Critical Challenges to NHLBI Strategic Visioning Forum
As part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Strategic Visioning Initiative, The Obesity Society has submitted three Critical Challenges to the online forum:
1. Additional research needed to identify various contributors of obesity
We invite you to vote in support of these initiatives, and other obesity-related submissions being considered by NHLBI.
2. To build on the information obtained from population based and epidemiological studies
3. Need to determine the basis for difference in response to weight management approaches
Your votes can:
Help the Institute identify scientific priorities
Contribute to the future direction of NHLBI
Shape how the Institute makes strategic research investments to achieve scientific breakthroughs in the decade to come
Support future funding for our field!
Submissions are due no later than May 15, 2015. For further information read TOS's comment letter to NHLBI here and our voters' guide here.
OCC leaders lobby California Legislature for better Medi-Cal coverage of obesity treatment
On April 28, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) leaders Amber Huett-Garcia and Dr. Jacqueline Jacques spent the day lobbying key state legislators to support California Assembly Bill (AB) 859 — legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jose Medina, Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education. This legislation, which is supported by TOS as part of the Obesity Care Continuum, would require the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to create an Obesity Treatment Action Plan to diagnose, treat and reduce the incidence of adult obesity within the Medi-Cal program. If enacted, this legislation will provide for a thorough review of current coverage policies surrounding evidence-based obesity treatment avenues and highlight gaps in treatment avenues that should be addressed.
In addition, the bill would require DHCS to work closely with the leading scientific and clinical obesity organizations in the country to review evidence-based principles and treatment guidelines regarding obesity — in the hope that this evaluation will lead to more comprehensive coverage of obesity treatment services under the Medi-Cal program. The legislation specifically names TOS, ASBP, ASMBS, AND as well as AACE and the Endocrine Society.
Ms. Huett-Garcia and Dr. Jacques capped off their lobby day by testifying before the Assembly Health Committee, which was considering passage of the bill that day. Because of their passionate testimony and advocacy efforts, the Health Committee passed the bill on a unanimous 19-0 vote! The bill will now move the Appropriations Committee where it will be analyzed for fiscal impact and heard sometime in May. Special thanks to OCC industry partner Eisai, which provided tremendous coordination for the April 28th advocacy activities on the bill.
Call for Proposals: Healthy Eating Research issues 2015
Contributed by Healthy Eating Research
Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.
This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse childhood obesity. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.
Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.
Additional details are available here.
New study shows Americans support designation of obesity as a disease
New research published in Obesity shows a majority of Americans support the designation of obesity as a disease. In June 2013 the American Medical Association (AMA) joined the call for this designation by The Obesity Society (2008) and a number of other leading health organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (1998), the Social Security Administration (1999), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2004), and the American Association for Clinical Endocrinology (2012).
"Classifying obesity as a disease could help challenge common stereotypes in our society that place blame and responsibility on the individual," said author and TOS member Rebecca Puhl, PhD, professor in residence in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Deputy Director of the Rudd Center.
This study is the first of its kind to assess public opinion about the designation, and it found that most survey respondents (69%) were unaware that the AMA classified obesity as a disease in 2013. According to the researchers from Rudd University, "overall, there was more public agreement with statements supporting the classification of obesity as a disease than opposing it." The researchers also state that "the majority of adults surveyed (51 – 61.7%) agreed with 11 of 17 statements in support of classification, including views that it will lead health care providers to talk with their patients about their weight, help people with obesity gain access to treatment, and lead insurers to cover obesity treatment."
Read the full study in Obesity here.
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Free online CME: Strategies to improve diabetes prevention and treatment
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Register online for Stemming the Diabetes Epidemic: Strategies to Improve Prevention and Treatment, which takes place Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET.
Congratulations to the new TOS Fellows!
TOS is pleased to welcome the following members to TOS Fellowship:
1. Aline Andres, PhD, FTOS
Are you a TOS Fellow? Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS and sets you apart by acknowledging your high-level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. Find out more here.
University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences
2. Carey Lumeng, MD, FTOS
University of Michigan
Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Simone Annette French, PhD, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee
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 Simone Annette French, PhD, FTOS, Professor for the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health and Director of the Obesity Prevention Center at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health:
Dr. Simone A.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My research program focuses on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to prevent obesity in children and adults. These involve changing the food environment, such as changes in food prices, availability or promotion; and changing individual eating and physical activity behaviors, using behavioral strategies.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Find an area of inquiry that you feel passionate about that intrigues you. If your work is a fun puzzle to solve, then work will be play and you will not be easily discouraged when you fall down. Having fun is important to the creative process.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The interface of policy, environment and individual behavioral choices. I am also excited about working with lower-income diverse populations to develop interventions that are effective.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Is this a trick question?
Read the rest of the interview with Dr. French here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on May 27!
Orexigen says obesity drug safety trial terminated
Orexigen Therapeutics Inc and its partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said they were terminating a trial assessing the cardiovascular safety of obesity drug, Contrave.
Orexigen Therapeutics shares were down 12.5 percent in after market trading after falling 13.6 percent in regular trading on the Nasdaq.
The study was not being terminated due to the finding of any benefit or harm, the companies said. The study's executive steering committee recommended its termination.
Study: Blood thinner warfarin may pose greater bleeding risk for obese
Obese patients taking the blood thinner warfarin appear to have almost twice the risk of severe stomach bleeding compared to their normal-weight counterparts, a new study suggests.
Why obese patients may be at greater risk for stomach bleeding isn't clear, according to the study.
Cranial radiation therapy in childhood linked to later-life obesity
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Childhood cancer patients may be at risk of obesity in later life due to the side effects of certain treatments. A new study published in the journal Cancer suggests that weight loss interventions and counseling may be needed for these survivors of childhood cancer.
Obesity pacemaker hits the market
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vagal blocking therapy for the treatment of adult patients with obesity who have a body mass index of at least 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and who have tried to lose weight in a supervised weight management program within the past 5 years.
Teens with obesity at increased risk for Alzheimer's, dementia
Obesity has been reported to negatively impact health in many ways, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Now, a study has found that obese teens are at increased risk for Alzheimer'’s disease and dementia in their senior years. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics by researchers at the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital in Rome, Italy.
Study: Unhealthy pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesity
New research says mothers with unhealthy lifestyles during pregnancy set their unborn children up for obesity in later life.
A study produced by researchers in Texas and Greece, published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, found children whose mothers smoked, drank alcohol, didn't exercise or gained excessive weight in pregnancy were more likely to be overweight by age eight.
Disclosing added sugar: Candy vs. yogurt
If you're looking for a clue to why the definition of "healthy eating" is such a tricky subject, just take a look at the fight about disclosing added sugar on nutrition labels. Recently, Mars — the makers of M&M's — announced that they support FDAs proposal for added sugar labeling. Meanwhile, the yogurt industry is dead set against it.
How can this be?
Biking, walking to work can help shed pounds
Leaving your car at home and cycling, walking or using public transit to get to work could help you lose weight, according to a new study.
The research included 4,000 British people who were surveyed three times between 2004 and 2007, about their usual way of traveling to and from work. The study participants also provided details on their height and weight.
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