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September brings two major milestones for obesity treatment
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues,

Last week was an exciting week for obesity treatment. The FDA acted twice in favor of expanding needed obesity treatment options — action that will bring new tools for clinicians treating the disease, and for millions of people affected.
    1) On Wednesday (9/10), FDA approved the new drug treatment, Contrave™, for the long-term medical treatment of obesity in adults. Contrave (combination of naltrexone sustained release [SR] and bupropion [SR]) is a drug developed by Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. and will be marketed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. It is expected to be available on pharmacy shelves this fall, and — like all obesity medications — is considered an adjunct to diet and exercise.

    2) The very next day (Thursday, 9/11) an expert advisory committee appointed by the FDA voted by an overwhelming margin of 14-1 to recommend approval of a Novo Nordisk drug, liraglutide 3mg (proposed brand name Saxenda®), for obesity treatment. The Committee agreed liraglutide 3mg has a favorable benefit/risk profile for the treatment of obesity. The next step for this medication will be a final ruling by the FDA, which is due in October. Currently, liraglutide is approved and marketed under the brand name Victoza® at doses of 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8mg for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
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The Obesity Society: Reduced energy density in foods can create a healthier food environment and may help to reduce obesity
TOS
Experts Applaud Food & Beverage Industry Actions to Improve the Food Environment
On the heels of new research showing that 16 major food and beverage companies have collectively cut 6.4 trillion calories from U.S. food products, The Obesity Society (TOS) issues an official position statement pointing to the pervasive availability of foods high in calories per unit of weight, or energy density, as a contributing factor for weight gain and obesity. The Society goes further to urge food companies to test and market foods that will help individuals reduce the energy density in their diets and better manage body weight.

"With more one-third of American children affected by obesity or overweight, it's no secret that our food environment is a contributing factor to obesity, especially among children," said Barbara Rolls, PhD, FTOS, TOS past-president and professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University. "This obesogenic environment is characterized by large portions of tasty, inexpensive, energy-dense foods that are easily accessible in convenience stores, vending machines and restaurants — all areas where food and beverage companies have an overwhelming impact on the nutritional and energy content of foods."

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Raise your voice for the 2014 Rally for Medical Research
TOS
TOS is proud to be a partner of the 2014 Rally for Medical Research on Capitol Hill, taking place this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This daylong event will continue the momentum established in 2013, when more than 200 national organizations came together in support of the Rally for Medical Research.

The purpose of the Rally is to call on our nation's policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research that leads to cures.

Act now to make medical research a national priority, and follow #RallyMedRes on social media for real-time updates.

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TOS members react in force: Letter to HHS secures 50 new signatories!
TOS
Earlier this Summer, Representatives Johnson (D-TX) and Blumenauer (D-OR) circulated a sign-on letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that encourages HHS to support coverage of obesity treatment services in state health exchange plans. Last week we asked for your help in supporting the sign-on letter, and more than 90 of you sent letters to your representatives. As a result of TOS members acting in force, nearly 50 House Members signed on to the Johnson/Blumenauer letter!

We truly appreciate your support in this initiative, and look forward to providing additional opportunities for TOS members to take action on important legislation in the future. To stay up-to-date on TOS advocacy issues, please visit TOS's advocacy engagement center or the TOS advocacy page.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Simón Barquera, MD, MS, PhD
TOS
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 Simón Barquera, MD, MS, PhD, Director of Nutrition Policy Research at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I am the Director of Nutrition Policy Research at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. I got my MD at the Universidad AutÃnoma Metropolitana from 1988-1994. Then I attended Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy from 1994 – 2004 where I received my MS and my PhD.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Acquire strong methodological tools for research, collaborate with other groups and look for a good environment to develop you career.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I like to compose and play rock music with my band.

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Barquera here. These interviews will be featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on October 1!

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'Fat shaming' doesn't encourage weight loss
TOS
Discrimination against individuals with obesity or overweight does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.

In a study of 2,944 UK adults over four years, those who reported experiencing weight discrimination gained more weight than those who did not. On average, after accounting for baseline differences, people who reported weight discrimination gained 0.95kg whereas those who did not lost 0.71kg, a difference of 1.66kg.

The research, published in the journal Obesity, contradicts the common perception that discrimination or "fat shaming" might encourage weight loss. The study asked people whether they experienced day-to-day discrimination that they attributed to their weight. Examples of discrimination include being treated disrespectfully, receiving poor service in shops, and being harassed. Read more.

To stay up-to-date on abstract submissions, registration information and more, by following @CanObesityNetwork on Twitter.

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TOS welcomes Allison Templet as new Obesity Managing Editor
TOS
Allison Templet recently joined TOS as the new Managing Editor of Obesity. Prior to joining the journal, Allison spent 5 years as a technical editor and project coordinator at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She recently worked closely with Dr. George Bray and Dr. Claude Bouchard in the development of the latest edition of the 2-volume Handbook of Obesity, published earlier this year. Allison has extensive experience in editing and publication management for a daily newspaper, a medical monograph series and continuing medical education programs. We hope you'll join us in welcoming her to our team.

Martica Heaner PhD, the former Managing Editor of Obesity, has left the journal in great shape for Allison. Over the last 16 months, Martica played an instrumental role in helping to get Obesity back on track, improving the efficiency of how manuscripts are processed and working with Dr's Ravussin and Ryan, along with the team of Associate Editors, to generate ideas for reviews and supplements for the journal. She worked with Donna Ryan, MD, to get the full report of the new obesity guidelines in print — Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity. Martica will continue work on an exercise study at Columbia University and as an adjunct assistant professor in nutrition at Hunter College and looks forward to resuming her work as a health writer. She will continue to attend TOS meetings and events, now as a TOS member. Martica will be missed, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

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Corporate-Sponsored Symposia at ObesityWeek to address range of topics
TOS
The ObesityWeek program now includes seven Corporate-Sponsored Symposia, which will address topics ranging from postoperative pain management in bariatric surgery to long-term management of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Sponsors and supporters include Vindico Medical Education, Pacira, Inc., Boston University School of Medicine, Continuing Education Alliance, Eisai Inc., Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Weight Watchers International, Inc., Institute for Medical and Nursing Education, Novo Nordisk, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., and US Region and Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Find out more information on the symposia and the schedules here.

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TOS staff support Children's National in Race for Every Child
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TOS Staff Run 5K to
Support Children's National
On September 13, TOS staff participated in the second annual Race for Every Child 5K in Washington, DC, to benefit the Children's National Health System. Children's National sees about half a million patients annually, regardless of their families' ability to pay. The event helped support specialized medical care, research into diseases like childhood obesity and important wellness and prevention services to keep children healthy.

The event raised nearly $1,050,000, which is $50,000 more than the original goal. TOS is proud to support Children's National Health System for this important cause.

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Don't miss the 4th Canadian Obesity Summit
TOS
Join the Canadian Obesity Network in Toronto, ON from April 28-May 2, 2015 for the 4th Canadian Obesity Summit — a unique interdisciplinary conference designed to share current understanding of the causes, complications, treatments and prevention approaches for obesity.

For the 2015 meeting, the Canadian Obesity Network and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons are combining resources to hold their scientific meetings under one roof. The meeting's program will include plenary presentations, original scientific oral and poster presentations, interactive workshops and a large exhibit hall. Most importantly, the Canadian Obesity Summit will provide ample opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange for anyone with a professional interest in this field.

Obesity researchers can now submit their abstracts to the 2015 Canadian Obesity Summit through October 23, 2014. More information is available here. Those interested in sponsoring the Summit can review the sponsorship prospectus here.

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Reminder: Sign up for the mHealth Boot Camp at ObesityWeek!
Contributed by eHealth/mHealth Section
Don’t forget to sign up for the TOS eHealth/mHealth Section's mHealth Boot Camp at ObesityWeek℠ 2014. This full day pre-conference workshop on Monday, Nov. 3 offers a primer on mHealth using obesity prevention and treatment examples, and will include public health and clinical perspectives. The workshop will be conducted in a "boot camp" format: each presentation will be followed by participants breaking into small groups to develop a mock mHealth intervention.

Presentations will include:
    1) Developing a transdisciplinary team for the chosen problem (determining which disciplines and partners you need, and identifying what is involved in working with diverse teams);
    2) Sensor systems and technology for measuring for biology, physiology and behavior, including a discussion of which technologies are best suited for particular research questions;
    3) Methods to engage users;
    4) New directions in analyzing large data-sets (using text from electronic health records and visualizing information); and,
    5) Methods to personalize and adapt treatments.
The faculty will include clinicians, mHealth and pediatric obesity researchers, engineers and industry experts. This composition models the interactions and partnerships necessary to develop and deploy mHealth.

Sign up when you register for ObesityWeek!

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Pervasive bias: An obstacle to obesity solutions
National Academy of Sciences
In the ongoing work on critical issues in obesity, the neglected problem of societal bias, stigma, and discrimination toward individuals with obesity impedes progress toward evidence-based solutions. Much of this bias and discrimination stems from negative stereotypes that persons with obesity are lazy, gluttonous, lacking in willpower and discipline and personally to blame for their weight.
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FDA approves a third new weight-loss pill
USA Today
For the third time in about two years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight-loss pill. Contrave got FDA approval Wednesday, Sept. 10. The medication is made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., San Diego, and will be marketed by Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan. It joins some older drugs and two newer pills, Qsymia and Belviq, as options to help adults battle their bulges.
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Overweight teens more likely to become smokers
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A study examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds both good and bad news: weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.
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New anti-obesity drug enters market, but roadblocks to treatment remain
Yahoo News
As the fight against obesity in America continues to ramp up, experts have been busily attacking the problem from all sides: with guidelines on nutrition and exercise, psychological insights, surgical advances, and a small but growing array of medications. Now there's one more option in the arsenal of anti-obesity drugs, Contrave, which received approval from the FDA recently after a long review process.
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Obesity rates may finally be leveling off
The Fiscal Times via Yahoo News
What Happened. Adult obesity rates in America may be leveling off: Obesity rates increased in just six states in the past year. Those states were Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming, according to a new report from StateofObesity.org, a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nine years ago, every state but one reported an increase in obesity rates.
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Study: 'Fat Shaming' doesn't motivate obese people to lose weight
HealthDay News
Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as "fat shaming," does not help them lose weight and may do more harm than good, according to research from London. Being harassed or treated with disrespect, receiving poor service while shopping or being thought of as stupid may actually lead to more weight gain, the researchers found.
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Researchers: Food companies' US calorie-cutting pledge could stall
Fox News
A campaign by 16 of the world's largest food and beverage companies to dramatically cut the number of calories sold in the United States may have stalled after initial success, researchers reported.
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