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2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant recipient chosen
TOS
Congratulations to Dexi Liu, PhD, who was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant by The Obesity Society's Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The grant is awarded to one applicant in the amount of $40,000 for a one‐year study. Dr. Liu, who serves as the Head of the Department Of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science at the University of Georgia, will be recognized for his proposed study entitled "Reversing Obesity-Related Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease by Protein-enriched Diet" during the TOS Opening Session at ObesityWeek on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Boston, MA. Find out more about TOS grants here.
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OAC hosts event for the Boston public at ObesityWeek 2014
TOS
The Obesity Action Coalition is pleased to announce the debut of YWMLocal — Boston 2014. On November 2, 2014, the OAC will host the Inaugural YWMLocal event, in conjunction with ObesityWeek 2014 and in partnership with The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, where Boston and surrounding area residents are welcome to attend a FREE event focusing on weight, health, nutrition, children and weight, weight-loss options, and much more. Find out more about the event here.
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TOS recognizes leading member-represented institutions
TOS
Congratulations to Pennington Biomedical Research Center, University of Alabama, and University of North Carolina/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for being the top three institutions that have the highest concentration of TOS members. Do you want to get in on the action? Find out how to become a TOS member NOW here.
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Research ties duration of overweight and obesity to type 2 diabetes
Contributed by Susanne Votruba, RD, PhD
In a recent article in Obesity, authors Yang Hu, et al., examined the duration of overweight and obesity and the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in women in the United States using data from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS). Participants who were free from T2D, cancer, and CVD at baseline were followed biennially from both the NHS (1984-2008; N=61,821) and NHSII (1991-2011; N=63,653) for changes in BMI and T2D status. Cox proportional hazard models were used to test the association between cumulative duration of overweight and obesity and incidence of T2D.

In both cohorts, longer duration of obesity and overweight, after adjustment for age, lifestyle, and other dietary factors, resulted in a significantly higher risk for T2D. In both groups combined, each 2-yr increase in overweight and obesity was associated with a 9% and 14% higher risk for T2D, respectively. Adjustment for current BMI attenuated the association for obesity duration, but the trend persisted for overweight duration. These analyses suggest that public health efforts focus on overweight duration as well as current BMI, but in particular aim for the prevention of early onset overweight and obesity.

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Space is still available! Early-Career Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek
TOS
The Early-Career Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek 2014 is open to students, postdocs, fellows and junior faculty in all areas of obesity research. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a meal with senior TOS Fellows. Roundtable conversation topics will include career trajectories, funding opportunities, networking strategies and more. This is a great time for TOS's junior members to build one-on-one relationships with our most established and successful members. Pre-register for this event to be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7:00 - 8:30am, when you register for ObesityWeek. The cost is $25.00.
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Calling all obesity educators: the Obesity Medical Education Interest Group is looking for you!
TOS
The new Obesity Medical Education Interest Group (OME Interest Group) will bring educators together to share and discuss interactive curricula for obesity medical education. With the diversity of its membership, we believe TOS’s educators can provide a significant pedagogical contribution to medical and allied health universities and postgraduate teaching institutions.

The OME Interest Group will have its inaugural meeting during ObesityWeek on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 7:00 - 8:00 am at the Westin Hotel to discuss and develop the agenda for the coming year. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deborah Bell at dbell@obesity.org to receive further information.

We look forward to meeting you at ObesityWeek!

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
TOS
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include: If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Anne Gilmore (anne.gilmore@pbrc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.
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This weekend (10/10-10/12): Earn CME at the Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit
TOS
The Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit is dedicated to translating late-breaking clinical research on cardiometabolic syndrome risk reduction into practical and targeted education that can easily be applied to real-world clinical scenarios in the primary care setting. Primary care physicians (PCPs) and allied health professionals are optimally positioned to combat the increasing prevalence of cardiometabolic syndrome by addressing prevention and risk reduction, as well as treatment, monitoring, and essential patient education and involvement. Find out more here.

TOS members get $100 off registration. Log into TOS member center to secure the discount code.

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Third annual Your Weight Matters Convention breaks attendance records (yet again!)
TOS
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) welcomed more than 500 attendees to Orlando last month for the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention (YWM2014), Together We S.H.I.N.E. Convention attendees experienced three full days of evidence-based education on topics such as food addiction, mindful eating, weight-loss options and much more. In addition to the unparalleled education, the OAC also had the pleasure of offering some brand new components this year, such as the OAC's Inaugural Advocacy March to Washington, DC, the YWM Healthy Living EXPO and a brand new advocacy session, Advocacy for Beginners: Developing Your Inner Advocate.

"YWM2014 was amazing. This year we had an 80 percent new attendee registration and broke our all-time attendance record with more than 500 attendees," said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman. Read more.

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Save the Date: #ObesityRisks Twitter chat
TOS
On October 21 at 1:00pm ET, @EisaiWeightLoss hosts a live Twitter Chat to discuss obesity related health risks. Moderating the chat will be Internal Medicine Doctor and Assistant Professor at Rush Medical University, Dr. Wilford Germino. TOS member Dr. Domenica Rubino, Director of Washington Center for Weight Management and Research, and Nurse Practitioner at MD Weight Loss & Nutrition, Cathy Gonzales will also be participating in the chat as field experts.

The medical/weight loss community is invited to join this discussion to provide perspectives on this important topic. Please join us by using #ObesityRisks.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Is obesity a cancer risk?
MedPage Today
Obesity represents "a central challenge" to cancer prevention and care and requires immediate action to reduce the toll, the American Society of Clinical Oncology asserts in its first-ever position statement on obesity. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the statement calls for increased efforts to address the critical priorities of education and awareness about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new resources for clinicians, intensified and coordinated research and policy changes to improve access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment.
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New treatments needed for obesity
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, the high prevalence of obesity continues to strain the United States healthcare system. This November, the science behind obesity treatment and prevention solutions will be discussed at ObesityWeek℠ 2014, a weeklong event for obesity professionals seeking to find solutions to the epidemic.
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Can Granny Smith save us from obesity?
ConscienHealth
Granny Smith is sitting on top of our list of entertaining and distorted health news reporting. The press office at Washington State University issued a headline promising, "An Apple a Day Could Keep Obesity Away." Hmmm. Washington State. Could it be that Big Apple is behind these reports? We searched the research report and found no declaration of financial conflicts. Nothing to worry about.
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PCORI board approves $102 million in support for 46 new research projects
Yahoo News
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors today approved 46 new proposals, totaling nearly $102 million, to fund a wide range of patient-centered clinical comparative clinical effectiveness research projects. The new awards include support for studies focused on two high-impact topics — obesity and the challenges of making smooth transitions as patients move from a hospital to home.
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NIH Common Fund announces 2014 High-Risk, High-Reward research awardees
National Institutes of Health
Eighty-five grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High Risk-High Reward program supported by the National Institutes of Health's Common Fund. Awardees from previous years have made scientific leaps, established new scientific paradigms, and, in some cases, revolutionized entire fields.
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