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As we’ve watched natural disasters strike area after area in recent weeks, you’ve been on our minds. If you’ve been in the direct path of damage or on the outskirts, we recognize that this is a challenging time for you and your loved ones. You may have lost electricity and internet access. Your home may have been damaged. You may not know when your life will return to normal. Many of us will never fully understand the difficulties and uncertainty of enduring a natural disaster. But you understand… all too well. Please know that our hearts go out to you and you remain in our thoughts.
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TOS's 2017 Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek is the best yet!
There will be DOUBLE the basic science sessions, DOUBLE the population health and healthcare policy/public health policy symposia, and TRIPLE the late-breaking abstracts!
“You'll enjoy popular mainstay activities, discover fresh and innovative content, and forge new professional relationships.” – Allen Levine, PhD, FTOS, TOS President
Our Annual Meeting offers everything you need to become a tremendous patient advocate. There’s also the added benefit of earning 30 plus CME, taking the TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam and connecting with other like-minded clinicians.
“As physicians, our role is vital in ensuring our patients receive the best, most compassionate care.” – Caroline Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN, FTOS, TOS President-Elect
The TOS Annual Meeting will also offer "Key Topics from Different Perspectives" ― numerous perspectives on two key topics in obesity management: Physical Activity/Exercise and Dietary Interventions. These topics will be covered from the perspectives of Metabolism & Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience, Intervention & Clinical Studies, Population Health, Clinical/Professional Practice, and Health Care Policy/Public Health Policy.
“I've attended the TOS Annual Meeting for the past 20 years. I'm both proud and excited to join my peers this year as The Obesity Society's Executive Director.” – Anthony Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, TOS Executive Director
The Early Career Committee is seeking Fellows to assist at ObesityWeek:
Academic Workshop: roundtable discussion leaders
TOS Lightning Talk: judges
Please complete the volunteer survey by September 22. If selected, you’ll be notified the week of October 16th.
Your participation will be a tremendous asset to early career members.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NAFLD & NASH: Links to Obesity & Diabetes (click to register)
FREE Webinar – September 20, 2017 at 11am EDT
Speaker: Kenneth Cusi, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.
This foremost expert will discuss the pathophysiology of NAFLD,
with particular focus on links to obesity and diabetes.
"Low Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Management” – Low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are intended to permit the consumption of sweet tasting foods and beverages while reducing the calories that these items contain. Whether this substitution is of benefit for weight loss or weight loss maintenance is, however, an area of considerable controversy. The goal of this preconference is to elucidate the current science on whether the consumption of low calorie sweeteners is of overall benefit for calorie reduction and concomitant weight management. Continue reading.
This preconference is FREE and includes breakfast.
Bernadette Marriott, PhD, Professor at Medical University of South Carolina – Eating episodes of nutritive and low calorie sweeteners in food, beverage and condiments: NHANES 2009-2012
John Glendinning, PhD, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology, Barnard College, Columbia University – Taste receptors and taste preferences for low calorie sweeteners
Peter Rogers, BSc(Sus) MSc(Sus) PhD(Leeds) CPsychol, FBPsS, RNutr, Professor of Biological Psychology at University of Bristol – Food intake, body weight and low calorie sweeteners, a review of the evidence
MUST REGISTER BY OCTOBER 23
Do you have patients you suspect may have genetic obesity? A new IRB-approved genotyping study is focused on identifying patients with POMC (pro-opiomelanocortin) or LepR (leptin receptor) deficiency—two rare but important types of genetic, early-onset obesity. Learn more at: The Genetic Obesity Project.
TOS & ASMBS
TOS & ASMBS Joint Forum November 1
Seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the direct impact on access to obesity care has been limited. Impact has been indirect, related to more people with obesity gaining health insurance and the elimination of pre-existing conditions as a barrier. This forum will examine progress in access to care, the need for more progress and the potential impact of new policies.
Scott Butsch, MD, MSc, FTOS and John Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS: Clinical perspectives on the impact of the ACA in obesity care
William Dietz, MD, PhD: Perspective on Progress and Gaps in Addressing Obesity
Trina Histon, PhD: Perspective on a Healthy Workforce
Matt Gallivan, Health Policy Director to U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy: Opportunities for New Policies to Address Obesity
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Learn to Leverage Communications & Media to Support Your Work: Further Refine Your Technique
Join TOS for a Media & Communications Workshop at ObesityWeek. Included with a Scientific Sessions registration.
Get a refresher on obesity communications & secure new tools to take it a step further:
Instructed by Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander who have decades of experience as journalists, media trainers and science communicators.
- Integrating social media
- Communicating with reporters
- Tips for public speaking
- Effective one-on-one meetings and more!
Mark your calendars and attend this terrific opportunity to learn from the experts!
|ObesityWeek WINNER — George A. Bray Founders Award
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce that Diana Thomas, PhD, FTOS, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy has been selected by the Awards Committee to receive The Society's highest honor for her significant contributions to the field of obesity.
George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society.
Take the TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Exam during the ObesityWeek preconference.
APPLY NOW FOR OBESITY MEDICINE CERTIFICATION. EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15.
Physicians with an interest in obesity medicine are invited to sit for the 2018 American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam. More than 2,000 physicians throughout the United States and Canada are certified as ABOM diplomates. Exam candidates are required to complete 60 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on the topic of obesity in order to qualify to sit for the test.
Visit www.abom.org to learn more about eligibility requirements. Have questions? Contact ABOM at email@example.com or 303-770-9100.
ABOM KEY DATES
October 15, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Save $250)
November 15, 2017: Final Application Deadline
February 26-March 1, 2018: Exam administered at Prometric computer testing centers throughout the US and Canada
Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator
|OCC Advocacy News — Get Caught Up!
Update on Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
Support continues to grow for S 830/HR 1953, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) of 2017, which was introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D- WI), respectively. At the time of this report, the bill had 98 cosponsors in the House and 7 in the Senate.
This critical legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help seniors address their overweight and obesity.
Specifically, TROA will provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with authority to expand the Medicare benefit for intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of healthcare providers to offer these services. The legislation would also allow CMS to expand Medicare Part D to provide coverage of FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management.
Update on National Obesity Care Week
OCC continues to urge legislators to support and cosponsor S Res 63/H Res 142, a congressional resolution, which would proclaim the week of October 29 through November 4, 2017 as National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). Efforts are also underway to secure resolutions in every state across the country to proclaim that week as “Obesity Care Week.”
Zahra Ezzat Zadeh PhD, RDN, TOS Early Career Representative
A Review of the Study, "Programmed Hyperphagia in Offspring of Obese Dams: Altered Expression of Hypothalamic Nutrient Sensors, Neurogenic Factors and Epigenetic Modulators"
Maternal undernutrition and overnutrition both adversely affect the fetal programming and development of metabolic diseases including obesity in offspring later in life. However, there is a significant difference between these two environments. A study published in Appetite by TOS members Mina Desai, PhD, Guang Han, MD and Michael G. Ross, MD, MPH, investigated the effect of overnutrition on energy sensors and epigenetic factors in early life and adulthood.
They examined the effect of high fat diet during pregnancy and lactation on epigenetic (DNA methylase, DNMT1; histone deacetylase, SIRT1/HDAC1) and neurogenic (Hes1, Mash1, Ngn3) factors, energy sensors (mTOR, pAMPK) and feeding-related neuropeptides (AgRP/POMC) in one-day old rats’ hypothalamus and their arcuate nucleus after six months.
Maternal obesity did not affect birth weight in male offspring, but those nursed by obese rats significantly developed both obesity and hyperphagia after six months. Decreased protein expression of mTOR pAMPK, DNMT1, Hes1 and Mash1 along with increased AgRP were observed in newborns exposed to maternal high fat diet. The decreased protein expression of neurogenic factors and increase AgRP persisted at six months of age, but energy sensors increased and POMC and Ngn3 were decreased. The results of this study showed that epigenetic factors and early nutrition experiences in rats may alter energy sensors and cause adiposity and hyperphagia later in life.
Therefore, in rats, the adverse programming effects of maternal high fat diet and early life overnutrition contributes to the offspring adiposity and impaired energy regulation by hypothalamus later in life.
Rutgers University via ScienceDaily
It had already been known that the enzyme known as phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body. Controlling it is therefore of interest in the fight against obesity. But scientists have now found that getting rid of the enzyme entirely can increase the risk of cancer, inflammation and other ills.
The New York Times
Asking overweight strangers about their health and eating habits is always going to be tricky for a reporter, but in some contexts it’s easier than others — say, at a program for overweight children, or an obesity clinic, two places that Andrew Jacobs, a reporter with The New York Times’s health desk, visited to report an article about Brazil’s growing obesity rates.
One in 10 of the world's 7.5 billion inhabitants is obese. At the same time, the number of people who are starving or malnourished is on the rise.
That finding comes from a comprehensive new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. And it begs the question: How can these two seemingly contradictory outcomes be happening at the same time?
Yale University via Medical Xpress
Contrary to what many people think, childhood obesity doesn't just happen if a child eats too much and exercises too little. Sure, proper nutrition and physical activity are crucial to anyone's health, but there are many influencing factors beyond a child — or parent's — control.
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