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ObesityWeek℠ pricing available, registration opens soon!
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It's June, you've been waiting... and we're almost there! ObesityWeek 2015 registration will open any day now. In the meantime, take a few minutes to peruse the schedule and newly posted pricing information.

Worried you might miss an important announcement? Make sure you're signed up to receive our email updates and are connected with us on social media.

In its third year, ObesityWeek brings attendees — from primary care clinicians to experienced surgeons — the latest education in the science and treatment of obesity. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to advance your career in this ever-evolving field.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Incoming ACOG president makes obesity a focus
Contributed by the American Board of Obesity Medicine
In May, Mark Stephen DeFrancesco, MD, became the 66th president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In his opening remarks, Dr. DeFrancesco challenged his colleagues to join him in the fight against obesity in American women.

"We know that for many women, the ob-gyn is the only physician seen on a regular basis," he told the American Board of Obesity Medicine in a further explanation. "Let's not forget that due to the sensitive nature of the ob-gyn's connection with patients, we tend to have a highly trusted relationship. We don't solely focus on reproductive health. We regularly counsel about mental health issues and avoiding or reporting intimate partner violence. That same holistic approach to a woman's comprehensive care certainly should include the role that obesity may be playing in her wellness, and her family's welfare also."

Dr. DeFrancesco encourages ob-gyn's to participate in this "rallying cry" for women's health: "We can give women tools to get healthier, and those tools can help them build a foundation of wellness for their children."

Read more in the ABOM blog post here.

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Capitol Update: Chronic Disease Working Group, TROA introduction & more
TOS
In a May 22 letter sent to health care stakeholders, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced the formation of a bipartisan working group in an effort to begin exploring solutions that will improve outcomes for Medicare patients requiring chronic care. The Chairman and Ranking Member announced the initiative following a May 15th Finance hearing on the issue and have appointed committee members Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to lead the effort, which will include seeking input from health care stakeholders.

In reviewing stakeholder input, the working group has three main bipartisan goals they would like to see each proposal meet:
1. The proposed policy increase care coordination among individual providers across care setting who are treating patients living with chronic disease.
2. The proposed policy streamlines Medicare's current payment systems to incentivize the appropriate level of care for patients living with chronic disease.
3. The proposed policy facilitates the delivery of high quality care, improves care transitions, produces stronger patient outcomes, increases program efficiency, and contributes to an overall effort that will reduce the growth in Medicare spending.
Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) leaders are developing comments to submit prior to the June 22 deadline. Read more about the working group, the introduction of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, and the OCC's anti-discrimination efforts in the June 2015 Capitol Update here.

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OAC offers scholarship to educate 10 individuals in obesity advocacy
TOS
The Obesity Action Coalition is pleased to announce the Weigh In for Healthy Change Scholarship Program as a part of an initiative with its partner Eisai to raise the patient voice in the treatment of obesity. Individuals with an interest in legislative advocacy efforts are invited to apply for a scholarship opportunity to receive formal advocacy training at the OAC's National Convention, August 13 – 16 in San Antonio, TX.

The OAC is seeking individual applicants who have addressed their weight through medical weight management, intensive behavioral counseling under the care of a physician, or pharmacological treatment, and who have a desire to participate in the legislative process. All applications must be completed and sent to the Scholarship Review Committee by Friday, June 19.

Find out more here and help spread the word!

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Richard L. Atkinson, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Dr. Richard L. Atkinson, 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 Richard L. Atkinson, MD, FTOS, Distinguished Professor and Clinical Professor of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Director of the Obetech Obesity Research Institute.

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My interests are obesity research and patient care, obesity policy, and young investigator programs nationally and internationally. Recently, my research has focused on virus-induced obesity. We demonstrated that human adenovirus (Adv36) produces obesity in animals and is associated with obesity in humans. I started Young Investigator competitions for NAASO/TOS (as it is currently organized), Society for Clinical Nutrition, and the World Obesity Federation. Young people are the future of our Society and of science/medicine. We should do everything possible to help them succeed.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Learn all you can about how to be successful. There are things you know you don't know, but a lot of things about succeeding in academics/research that you don't even know exist. Constantly seek guidance from more established scientists and mentors and ask about how to succeed. When you plan research, plan important things, not "so what" research.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: Understanding the various etiologies of obesity and developing personalized treatments, probably mostly pharmacological, to treat obesity. Drugs that simulate obesity surgery will be developed and will dramatically improve obesity treatment and remove the need for surgery.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I like to read, walk, golf, and travel to foreign countries and learn about the people there.

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Atkinson here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on June 24!

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Call for Papers — Appetite plans special issue on weight stigma and eating behaviors
TOS
It is well known that weight stigma and discrimination can be detrimental to the health of individuals with obesity. In this special issue, the editors of the journal Appetite intend to examine the relationship between weight stigma and eating behaviors. The aim is to advance this field of research by bringing together new findings about weight stigma and eating behaviors. Multidisciplinary approaches and perspectives are welcome.

Interested researchers are invited to submit their papers prior to September 1, 2015. The issue is expected to publish in January 2016. Additional information and submission requirements are available here.

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10th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress, Boston, Oct. 21 - 24
TOS
The 10th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) takes place in Boston from October 21 – 24, 2015. This year's program offers comprehensive education with thought-provoking new science and lively discussion on issues you face every day.

The CMHC organizers have provided a special discounted registration fee for healthcare professionals within TOS network. Log into the member community to secure the discount code. Note: Discount does not apply to previous registrations or Student/Fellow/Resident registration rates. Cannot be combined with any other discount.

Participants can earn up to 27.5 CME/CE credits by attending this event. View the CMHC Program Agenda for a complete list of sessions included with your registration and find out more and register here.

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Job listings exclusively for the obesity 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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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


San Francisco cracks down on sodas, approves health warning on sugary drink ads in U.S. 1st
New York Daily News
San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems. It's believed that San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require such a warning on ads for soda if it receives a second approval from the Board of Supervisors next week and the mayor does not veto it.
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Brains of adolescents with obesity highly reactive to food commercials
Healio
The brains of adolescents with overweight are disproportionately stimulated by TV food commercials, which may simulate unhealthy eating habits, according to recent findings. The researchers used functional MRI to examine brain responses to 2 dozen fast food commercials as well as non-food commercials in adolescents with overweight and healthy-weight adolescents aged 12 to 16 years.
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Study suggests diabetes linked to bacteria
HealthCentral
Working with rabbits, researchers at the University of Iowa were able to cause the symptoms of type 2 diabetes — insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and inflammation — by exposing the animals to the toxins of staph bacteria for a prolonged period of time. How can bacteria cause diabetes? Superantigens, also known as toxins produced by staph strains, affect fat cells and upset the immune system to cause systemic inflammation.
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Video: Poor sleep for kids may lead to obesity later in life
CNN via MSN
Researchers say if infants & children don't get enough sleep they suffer from obesity later in life.
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TROA Coalition applauds US lawmakers for introducing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015
PR Newswire via Yahoo News
The leading organizations in the obesity community applauded Senators Carper, D-Del., Cassidy, R-La., Coons D-Del., Grassley, R-Iowa, Heinrich, D-N.M., and Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Representatives Kind, D-Wis., and Paulsen, R-Minn., for introducing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015. The House version was introduced on Monday, May 18, 2015 and the Senate version on Thursday, June 4, 2015. This critical legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help seniors address their overweight and obesity.
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Research into brown fat regulation shows clinical promise
American Diabetes Association
Researchers are beginning to unravel the mechanisms that regulate brown fat and may eventually produce actionable clinical targets. "There are some fascinating stories about brown fat that are starting to emerge from labs," said Evan D. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School.
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Obesity: Current and emerging drug treatments
The Pharmaceutical Journal
The causes of obesity are multifactorial and not fully the result of personal responsibility, although poor nutritional intake and sedentary lifestyle play their part. There are strong genetic and epigenetic factors, in addition to the influence of gut hormones, gut microbes and viruses, and environmental factors (such as the promotion of sugar and refined carbohydrates). There is also evidence that psychological and mental health conditions are risk factors for obesity, and vice versa.
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