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Why Treat Obesity Seriously? TOS President talks with ABOM
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Earlier this week, TOS President Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS, talked with the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) about how and why physicians should treat obesity seriously. Here are some highlights from the interview.

Q: What is the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign?
A: Treat Obesity Seriously is a campaign created by The Obesity Society to encourage the treatment of obesity as a serious disease, like heart disease and cancer. The effort is intended to provide clinicians with tools to prevent, diagnose and treat obesity. TOS has created free materials for clinicians to use in their practices; health care providers can sign up online to receive them by mail.

The campaign is also intended to encourage policymakers to improve access for obesity treatment so those affected can get the same necessary medical care and treatment coverage that's available to all others who suffer from other chronic diseases. Some members of Congress are already working to improve access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management through Medicare.

In May 2015, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representatives Eric Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015. This legislation will provide Medicare recipients and their health care providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling services, and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management. Learn more about how you can support the legislation here.

Q: How can obesity medicine physicians support the campaign?
A: There are many ways obesity medicine physicians can support the campaign. They can start by signing the pledge. Each signature supports TOS's efforts to educate policymakers, care providers and the public on the need to recognize obesity as a serious disease. A signature can also help facilitate the passage of policies at both the state and federal levels that improve coverage of and access to obesity treatments. After signing the pledge there is also an option to send a letter to Congress in support of TROA, which we hope they do!
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FDA issues draft guidance for menu labeling final rule
TOS
Late last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance document to help restaurants comply with the new menu labeling final rule that requires calorie information to be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants with 20 or more locations. The guidance document issued last week is an important resource in the FDA's efforts to assist restaurants in complying with the rule by December 1, 2016, and is intended to help establishments implement and better understand the flexibility in the rule. The guidance also answers questions and helps explain how the final requirements work for different types of establishments. The guidance was issued as a draft, and the FDA welcomes comments.

TOS commends efforts to provide more information to consumers so they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their food choices and their health. In a TOS press release issued last year when the final rule was announced, Diana Thomas, PhD, TOS Advocacy Committee member, said, “More information is a great thing to provide, particularly when it comes to our food choices. We’ve found that making caloric information easily accessible is helpful for people affected by obesity even if they do not lose weight, primarily because it helps identify how effective informed decision-making as a part of weight-loss treatment may be for that specific individual.”

Read the full announcement from the FDA here and read TOS’s press release here.

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TOS announces recipients of Diversity Leadership Award
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This year, TOS's Diversity Committee and Diversity Section combined efforts to create the Diversity Leadership Award. Individuals were asked to nominate investigators whose research has made a significant impact in the field of obesity disparities. TOS is pleased to announce that Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, FTOS, will receive the namesake award and Jose Fernandez, PhD, FTOS, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Shiriki Kumanyika Diversity Leadership Award. The plaques will be presented at the Diversity Section Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2015 on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30-8:30pm. Congratulations to these recipients!
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TOS early career webinar: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing
Contributed by TOS Early Career Member Committee
Being a successful principal investigator or member of a research team requires winning grants in an increasingly competitive funding climate. The Obesity Society's Early Career Member Committee hosts its second webinar titled: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing.

Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17 from 2:00-3:00pm EST. Members and guests at all career stages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please register online — space is still available.

This webinar is designed to highlight key strategies for writing a successful proposal. Topics will include:
  • The idea development process
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  • Highlighting the novelty and innovation of your idea
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  • Style and tone
  • The webinar will be structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists: Drs. Julie Lumeng from the University of Michigan and Gareth Dutton from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Michele Levine from the University of Pittsburgh will moderate the discussion. Attendees will also have an opportunity submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software. Find out more and register online.

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    Free Online CME: Strategies to improve diabetes prevention and treatment
    TOS
    Watch top diabetes specialists — live and online — discuss the latest scientific research live via streaming video, participate in real-time Q&A and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Register online for Designing, Initiation, and Managing Insulin Replacement Therapies: Strategies for a Multidisciplinary Approach in Primary Care Setting, which takes place tomorrow, September 17 from noon – 1:00 pm ET.
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    Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Barbara Gower, PhD, FTOS
    Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

    Barbara Gower, PhD, 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 Barbara Gower, PhD, FTOS, Professor and Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Nutrition Sciences at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Q: Will you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
    A: I currently work on clinical research in the areas of: 1) Physiological basis for ethnic disparities in type 2 diabetes and obesity; beta-cell function; insulin sensitivity, and; 2) The role of diet quality (macronutrient composition) on metabolic health and body composition.

    Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
    A: It is now clear that the obesity epidemic has been driven by changes in what we eat (i.e., diet quality). Processed food and excessive amounts of processed carbohydrates are driving both obesity and type 2 diabetes. The "low fat" message was a huge mistake. This is exciting, because we are on the forefront of being able to reverse both obesity and chronic metabolic diseases. Food will prove to be more powerful than drugs. However, people are still confused about what to eat. We need to get a clear message out there. Research still needs to be done to determine exactly what people should eat, and how genotype/phenotype interacts with food properties.

    Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?

    A: 1) Focus: try not to get too distracted by "opportunities" (e.g., pilot grant RFAs; collaborations). You can only do so much (and do it well). Be sure everything that you agree to do fits within your main objective. 2) Most importantly: Be sure that you love what you do. If you don't have the passion, it won't work. 3) Trust your instincts. Don't do something that doesn't feel "right." This might be a potential collaborator, or a grant proposal, or data presentation.

    Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
    A: I like to bicycle, cook, read, drink wine.

    Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Gower here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on Sept. 30!

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    Job listings exclusively for the obesity community
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    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 nearly 50 live job opportunities and more than 200 live resumes in the Job Center here.
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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    Calling politicians to end the obesity crisis
    The Boston Globe
    There are plenty of presidential candidates out there now, pitching the same proposals, give or take a phrase or two. Shaking up Washington  ...  somehow. Replacing Obamacare with  ... something. The new big idea — Donald Trump's call to close loopholes on hedge fund managers — scratches a populist itch, but won’t bring fundamental change.
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    Scientists asked 6 men to eat 6,000 calories a day in bid to fight obesity
    Los Angeles Times
    For the sake of science, six brave men endured a week of Caligula-class consumption and gained close to eight pounds, consuming 6,000 calories a day while confined to a room in a Philadelphia hospital ward. It took fewer than three days, however, for investigators to spot what they were looking for, and its likely cause. Between days 2 and 3, researchers could detect the onset of insulin resistance in the men, who were more than doubling their usual caloric intake.
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    Surgeon general to call for national walking campaign
    The Washington Post
    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will call Wednesday for a national campaign centered on walking, an effort he said is intended to combat chronic disease and obesity, and to surmount obstacles that stand in the way of simply taking a walk. Murthy said the government will partner with schools, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to promote walking at home, at school and in the workplace.
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    Michelle Obama talks nutrition and 'wakeup call' moment in her family's past
    AOL
    September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month — and few political figures care more about the issue than First Lady Michelle Obama. The first lady has spent the last six years using the power of the East Wing to help parents and kids get healthy, and in an exclusive Q&A with AOL.com she discusses the health "wakeup call" she and her husband received years ago, talks about how they stay fit today and shares her tips for parents working hard to keep their families healthy.
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    New York to require restaurants to label high-sodium food
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    Beginning Dec. 1, major chain restaurants in New York City will be required to add a salt shaker symbol next to food items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That requirement was unanimously approved by New York City health officials. Americans consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium every day, which is well above the maximum daily recommended amount of 2,300 mg.
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    New model for prevention and treatment of obesity
    Psych Central
    Obesity is a health epidemic that impacts around 79 million Americans. Obesity is now viewed as a chronic disorder, a classification that acknowledges that once a person becomes obese, they usually remain obese for their entire lifespan. The situation is dire as obesity often leads to high rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer fueling poor health and expensive medical care. Experts believe the number of obese Americans will remain unacceptably high unless there is radical change in both the U.S. health care system and the environment.
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