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Why are you excited for ObesityWeek℠ 2014?
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TODAY! Join HealthCentral's #HealthTipsChat to kick off ObesityWeek 2014
Contributed by HealthCentral
HealthCentral is pleased to announce an obesity #HealthTipsChat tweet chat today — Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2-3 pm ET. Dr. Martin Binks, TOS Secretary/Treasurer, will moderate the chat from the handle @ObesitySociety and the Obesity Action Coalition will moderate from the handle @ObesityAction. The tweet chat will kick off ObesityWeek 2014 and the Obesity Action Coalition's first Your Weight Matters local event.

The online chat will cover all things obesity, the latest research, and what to expect at the conference. This is one chat you don't want to miss! If you have never participated in a HealthCentral tweet chat, use the hashtag #healthtipschat throughout the hour, and continually refresh your feed to read the most recent conversations and follow along. Learn more about the chat and how to participate here.

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OAC hosts FREE one-day patient educational event at ObesityWeek
Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to introduce YWMLocal — Boston 2014, an educational opportunity for patients that will be held as part of ObesityWeek 2014. This FREE one-day event will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Westin Boston Waterfront from 11:30am – 4:00pm, and is for anyone who has ever been concerned with or struggled with their weight and wants to do something about it.

We invite you to share this unique, educational event with your friends, colleagues and/or patients in Boston, which is a learning opportunity for the Boston public on topics including:
  • Inspiration and Motivation to Help in Your Weight-loss Journey — Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
  • A Nutrition Tune-Up: How to Build a Healthy Plate — Cassie I. Story, RD
  • Exercise Essentials: Learning the Basics and Getting Motivated — Kenya Palmer, MS, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Evidence-based Weight Management Strategies — Robert Kushner, MD
  • Childhood Obesity: A Complex Discussion between Providers and Parents — Stephen Cook, MD, MPH
This event gives your patients the chance to experience an extension of the Your Weight Matters National Convention at the local level and be exposed to the quality education and community that can only be found at an OAC Live Event. Registration is available at www.YWMLocal.com.

Looking for an easy way to share this event? Print copies of the informational flyer.

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Introducing the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center
TOS
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has recently launched a Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) that brings together experts from disciplines not traditionally associated with obesity — such as engineering and computer science — to work with experts with decades of obesity-related experience to bridge research, education, policy and action and bring innovative system-oriented solutions to the global obesity epidemic.

Find more information on the GOPC website and connect on Facebook.

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Coming to ObesityWeek? Dedicated TOS poster sessions give you unique access to authors
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TOS Annual Meeting posters at ObesityWeek will be presented during dedicated times in the Exhibit Hall:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11:30am - 1pm ET
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30pm - 7:00pm ET
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, noon - 1:30pm ET
Want to talk with the authors, but can't attend the poster presentations? This year, TOS posters will each display a custom QR code allowing you to access a PowerPoint deck and/or audio recording from the author explaining the research behind the poster. Instructions for scanning a QR code on your smart phone will be posted in the Exhibit Hall.

Presenting your poster at ObesityWeek? One option for poster printing is to use ObesityWeek's poster printing service. Presenters may place orders online and pick up their posters onsite in Boston. Find additional information and pricing here.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Rebecca Puhl, PhD
Contributed by TOS Early-Career Committee

Dr. Rebecca Puhl
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 Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Deputy Director at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My research addresses weight bias and discrimination experienced by children and adults who are affected by obesity. Over the past 14 years, my research has documented the prevalence and origins of weight bias and discrimination, assessed the impact of weight stigma in the media and its effects on emotional and physical health, tested interventions to reduce weight bias and assessed policy remedies to reduce weight-bullying in youth and laws to reduce weight discrimination in adults.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Seek out multiple mentors. Rather than expecting one mentor to meet a diverse range of needs relevant to your training and professional development, look for different mentors that have strengths to help you meet specific needs. Having a network of different mentors can help you address specific issues more efficiently and effectively - whether it's for research mentorship, professional development, clinical training, a role model for balancing work family life, or emotional support.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Playing with my two boys.

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Puhl here. These interviews will be featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on October 12!

Want to hear more from Dr. Puhl? Don’t miss her keynote address at ObesityWeek 2014 on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 1:15pm – 3:15pm ET.

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Marital stress linked to obesity
Contributed by HealthCentral
Researchers at Ohio State University have found that people going through marital stress who also have a history of depression are at risk for obesity because of the way their bodies process high-fat foods.

The scientists worked with 43 healthy couples, ages 23 to 61, taking assessments of marital satisfaction, past mood disorders and depressive symptoms. All participants were given a high-fat meal and were asked to discuss conflict-inducing topics two hours later. Researchers then examined their metabolism process and found that individuals with both a mood disorder history and a hostile marriage burned an average of 31 fewer calories per hour and had an average of 12 percent more insulin in the blood than people with low levels of hostility in their marriages.

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NIH to award $31 million to enhance diversity in biomedical research workforce
TOS
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced the award of nearly $31 million to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce. Supported by the NIH Common Fund and all 27 NIH institutes and centers, 12 awards will be issued as part of three initiatives of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program.

"The Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program aims to enable transformation across the spectrum of research training and mentoring," said James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, which oversees the NIH Common Fund. "We expect that new models for fostering careers will emerge and be widely adopted, having nationwide impact on biomedical research workforce diversity. Scientists from all backgrounds as well as science will ultimately benefit from these activities."

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Eisai announces top-line results of investigational study on coadministration of lorcaserin and phentermine
Digital Journal
Eisai Co., Ltd. announced that an investigational study of its antiobesity drug lorcaserin hydrochloride when coadministered with phentermine hydrochloride jointly conducted by its U.S. subsidiary Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. met its primary safety objective. The results of the study demonstrate that the short-term combination of lorcaserin plus phentermine does not appear to be associated with an exacerbation in the proportion of pre-specified adverse events compared to therapy with lorcaserin alone.
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Coming soon: ObesityWeek 2014 and The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting
HealthCentral
What do you get when you gather the leading players in obesity research and science, the top experts in metabolic and bariatric surgery, world-renowned speakers, clinicians, educators, advocates, policymakers and practitioners? Starting Nov. 2-7, Boston will host The Obesity Society and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery at ObesityWeek 2014.
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5 things to look for at ObesityWeek 2014
ConscienHealth
With less than a week before the start of ObesityWeek 2014 on Nov. 2 in Boston, it's time to start thinking about how to get the most out of this amazing week.
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Contrave: Where does new obesity drug fit in armamentarium?
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U.S. physicians treating overweight and obese patients now have four drugs with different mechanisms of action that they can choose to prescribe, to complement diet and exercise. The latest therapeutic addition is bupropion/naltrexone (Contrave), which was developed by Orexigen Therapeutics and is now marketed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
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Researcher: Doctors must examine own weight bias before treating patients
Medical Xpress
In the war on obesity, the medical profession is needed on the front lines. Yet there is mounting concern that some practitioners harbor a negative weight bias. Research has found that some obese patients are reluctant to seek medical attention because of feeling judged or disrespected about their weight, says Rebecca Puhl, deputy director and senior research scientist at the Rudd Center and senior research scientist at CHIP, who is joining UConn's Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
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Gestational diabetes may influence daughter's weight later
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests. The research included more than 400 girls in California who were followed from 2005 to 2011, with annual visits to check their height, weight, body fat and abdominal obesity.
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Keep slim by going out in the sun: Exposure to UV rays releases chemical which helps metabolism
The Daily Mail
Going out in the sunshine could help keep off the pounds, scientists have claimed. Researchers say moderate exposure to UV rays help release a key chemical which slows the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Nitric oxide, which is released by the skin after exposure to sunlight, plays a key role in the metabolism, they found.
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