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|New research in Obesity Attracts Significant Media Coverage
New research scheduled to be published in the June 2019 print issue of Obesity has attracted major media attention since appearing online in May.
Researchers have found that U.S. adults who engage in daily self-weighing can prevent holiday weight gain. The study examined 111 adults between the ages of 18 and 65 implementing the new intervention from mid November 2017 to early January 2018. Researchers then engaged in a 14-week follow-up period after the intervention. Participants who weighed themselves on a daily basis on scales and received graphical feedback of their weight changes either maintained or lost weight during the holiday season while participants who did not perform daily self-weighing gained weight.
The study’s authors report that participants in the intervention group were instructed to try to maintain their baseline weight throughout the holiday season. However, no additional instructions on how to achieve that goal were provided. This allowed each participant to self-select how they would modify their behavior. For instance, an individual could become more physically active or decide to eat less if a weight increase was noticed. Participants in the control group were given no instructions.
“Maybe they exercise a little bit more the next day (after seeing a weight increase) or they watch what they are eating more carefully,” said study author Jamie Cooper, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The subjects self-select how they are going to modify their behavior, which can be effective because we know that interventions are not one-size-fits-all.”
Cooper and colleagues observed that future research is needed to determine if the act of daily self-weighing without graphical feedback would be effective at maintaining weight over the holiday season.
The research has appeared in such publications as Newsweek, YAHOO News, Medscape, SCITECH Europa, Medical Express, ScienceDaily, Business Standard, Earth.com, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, INDIA New England News and CTV News.
Access the study or read the TOS press release.
Mark your calendar! The Obesity Society will put out the call for its 2019 awards and grants in June. Stay tuned for more information.
|7th Annual Obesity Journal Symposium Call for Papers Deadline is June 1, 2019
Investigators planning to submit an abstract for the 7th annual Obesity Journal Symposium have 4 days left to put the final touches on their work. Entries can be submitted through the journal's online manuscript submission system. All papers must be received for consideration by June 1, 2019. The winners will be announced this summer.
The Symposium will be held during the annual meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) at ObesityWeek℠ Nov. 3-7, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of Obesity are designed to showcase the journal’s top papers that provide important insights into preventing and treating obesity.
The authors of the winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium. A special section located in the front of the November 2019 issue of Obesity will be reserved for their work. The Symposium and the full published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press.
The presenting authors will also receive complimentary ObesityWeek registration. In addition, for all submissions that are accepted by the journal but not chosen as winners, the journal is offering immediate online publication.
Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are also encouraged to send their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring greater visibility to their work. In particular, papers discussing 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 of special interest for this year’s event.
The full call for papers is available on the TOS website. Take time to read the winning papers from the 2018 competition on the Obesity journal website.
|Early-bird Deadline is May 31, 2019
8th Annual Your Weight Matters Convention and EXPO
Don’t forget to register and access early-bird registration rates by May 31, 2019 for the 8th Annual Your Weight Matters (YWM) Convention & EXPO scheduled for Aug. 1–3, 2019, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, FL. Advanced and on-site registration rates are also available. Pricing information can be found here. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is sponsoring the event.
The YWM2019 experience and agenda was created with you in mind—your goals, challenges and your health journey. The convention will offer:
Interested attendees can read session descriptions and learn more by viewing the YWM2019 conference program and schedule.
- Real Experts—Top-notch weight and health education presented by the nation’s leading physicians, researchers, scientists, and other industry experts.
- Real People—Meet people invested in their health and who care about the issues surrounding obesity and weight.
- Real Support—Whether from a speaker who is also a health care provider to the new friend you met chatting before a session, YWM2019 is a welcoming, safe place to seek education and support.
The OAC was able to secure a discounted hotel room rate of $145 per night (single/double occupancy) for the conference. After you register for the conference, reserve your hotel room.
The OAC will offer up to 18 Continuing Education (CE) credits for nurses and some healthcare professionals. For attendees seeking CE credits, a higher registration rate will be charged.
We strongly encourage health professionals to check their eligibility prior to registering to earn CE Credits at the convention. To determine your eligibility, contact Taylor College at 1-800-743-4006 and reference the Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO.
Read more and register for the conference.
|Workshop to Focus on MRI of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
Senior investigators and junior scientists are encouraged to register for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Workshop on MRI of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders. This workshop will be held July 21–24, 2019, at the Matrix Building in Singapore.
Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy have become widely used to quantify not only fat accumulation in adipose tissue depots, organs, and muscles, but also the molecular substrates, products, and dynamic rates of metabolism and biochemical pathways. As a follow-up to the 2012 ISMRM workshop held in Long Beach, California, on water-fat MRI, the purpose of this proposed workshop is to bring together and reunite internationally recognized scientists and clinicians who are currently developing and applying advanced MRI and MRS techniques to investigate the causes and consequences of obesity and metabolic dysfunctions.
Continuing Medical Education credits will not be offered for the workshop.
Prospective attendees are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Participants who qualify may apply for stipends. The abstract and stipend deadline is June 3, 2019.
Early-bird registration rates end on July 8, 2019.
Register now and book your hotel reservation.
Read more about the workshop.
National Institutes of Health
|Final NIH Lecture on the Gut Microbiome Scheduled for June 2019
“Microbes in Our Gut: Emerging Insights on Health and Disease” is the theme of a series of lectures in Spring 2019.
The human microbiome is the community of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi that naturally live in and on our bodies. These talks have focused on specific components of the gut microbiome, and natural products of interest produced by these organisms that might confer health benefits. Natural products and their potential effects on health promotion and various clinical conditions are a priority research area for the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Gut health, what affects it, and its potential connections with wellness and illness are of interest to NCCIH and the public as well.
The series is taking place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and will be streamed live and archived on NIH Videocast (videocast.nih.gov) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/nih.nccih). The presentations are part of NCCIH's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Admission is free to the public.
Videocast: Watch these NCCIH lectures online! Go to “Today's Events” at https://videocast.nih.gov/.
Bacteria Get on Your Nerves: How Bugs Modulate Pain and Immunity
Speaker: Isaac Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Department of Immunology
Harvard Medical School
Date: June 10, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center, NIH campus, Bethesda, MD
Video: Watch this Live at NIH Videocast
Chiu's research focus is uncovering interactions between the nervous system, the immune system, and microbes, in health and disease. Ultimately, Chiu’s goal is to leverage knowledge to develop novel treatment approaches for chronic pain and inflammatory diseases. Among his discoveries, Chiu has found that bacteria directly interact with sensory neurons to modulate pain, and that neurons signal to the immune system to modulate bacterial survival and inflammation.
|Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity Oct. 4, 2019
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
PRESENTED BY: Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM)
Claudia Fox, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, CPOM Co-Director
Aaron S. Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor, CPOM Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity (ATPO) is a workshop with a focus on youth with severe obesity who are often unable to lose a clinically-meaningful amount of weight with lifestyle modification alone. Pharmacological therapies are emerging as a recognized adjunctive strategy to address this otherwise recalcitrant disease, yet no guidelines currently exist for the responsible clinical use of obesity pharmacotherapy in the pediatric patient.
This workshop is offered as a Continuing Education designated activity with up to 6.75 AMA PRA Category1 Credits™. ATPO invites healthcare providers, researchers, and others interested in the clinical management of pediatric obesity while utilizing case studies, lectures and group discussions.
Following completion of this activity, attendees will be better able to utilize pharmacotherapy for pediatric obesity in a safe and responsible fashion, identify biological targets of obesity treatments, and identify the mechanisms of action and outcomes of current FDA-approved and off-label medications for the treatment of obesity in adults and youth. Workshop enrollment is limited.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.z.umn.edu/PedsObesity
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