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Congratulations on a successful year and happy holidays
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had much to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving holiday. As we look forward to the holidays ahead and the New Year, I'd like to offer congratulations to all of you for a successful year and best wishes for 2015.

TOS had an exciting year yet again, and I extend a sincere thank you to TOS leadership, members, staff, partners and sponsors for all of their support. Following the completion of the second annual ObesityWeek conference the combined efforts with our partner the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) led to quite an incredible event. If you weren't there in person, I'm sure you heard a great deal of buzz about this meeting, which was even more successful than the inaugural event.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Introducing Obesity Science & Practice, a new journal from TOS and World Obesity
TOS
Obesity Science & Practice, an official journal of The Obesity Society and World Obesity (WO), is a peer reviewed, online-only open access journal for rapid dissemination of high-quality research related to all aspects of obesity and its comorbidities. The journal publishes papers of interest to researchers in academic, clinical, governmental and industry roles working to develop, test and refine new medical, behavioral, dietary, pharmalogic and surgical approaches to treat obesity. The journal also publishes papers of interest to professionals engaged in the clinical management of obesity and its related comorbidities as well as individuals actively involved in the prevention of obesity at the local, regional, national and international level.

Obesity Science & Practice offers:
  • High standard, rigorous peer review
  • Immediate open access
  • Articles published under Creative Commons Licenses
  • Fully compliant with all open access mandates
Find out more about this exciting new journal here.

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Get involved: TOS Volunteer Support Group (VSG)
TOS
Are you interested in getting involved and engaging with TOS leadership? Members may join the Volunteer Support Group!

The strength of TOS is directly related to the involvement of its volunteer members. Through a network of volunteers including Executive Committee and Council leadership as well as Committee and Task Force involvement, TOS calls on the generous commitment of time and knowledge of its members. With TOS Committees and Task Force positions assigned for the coming year, we have created a new opportunity for members to get involved in engaging activities.

The newly developed Volunteer Support Group (VSG) is a resource pool of volunteer members that TOS will reach out to periodically to work on various projects, based on your availability and interest. From scientific review to communications to advocacy, see how you can lend your experience to advance our goals. Learn more here.

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TOS announces Diversity Awards Program for ObesityWeek 2015
Contributed by Diversity Committee
As we move forward into a new year, diversity in TOS membership and leadership remains an important goal. To assist in this effort, TOS's Diversity Committee has established a Diversity Awards Program for ObesityWeek 2015. This program will include a "Diversity Leader Award" and three "Diversity Tour Best Poster Awards" for first, second and third place.

Members interested in serving on the Diversity Committee Awards Task Force are encouraged to contact Dr. Jimmy T. Efird, Chair of the Diversity Committee, at jimmy.efird@stanfordalumni.org.

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OAC gives away 500 free memberships for #GivingTuesday
TOS
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) recently announced that in recognition of #GivingTuesday, the organization gave away 500 free OAC memberships. The OAC recognizes that not every individual with a need and desire to join the nation's strongest coalition for individuals with obesity is able to afford the cost of membership, but they hope to help those who need it most through #GivingTuesday, a designated day where the nation is challenged to give back.

With obesity affecting more than 93 million Americans nationwide, it is crucial that a strong and unified voice is created through membership. OAC membership gives individuals a voice and the support they need to take charge of their weight and health.

The free OAC membership drive was the first part in a month-long effort by the OAC to inspire individuals to become engaged in the Coalition and support its efforts. Find out more here.

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Reminder: Submit your ideas to the ObesityWeek 2015 Symposium & Speaker Suggestion Site!
TOS
Although ObesityWeek 2014 is not far behind us, TOS is already hard at work planning for ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, Cailf., Nov. 2-7. As part of this effort, TOS asks its members, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders for ideas on what would make great symposia for next year's conference. The TOS Program Committee will then pull from the submitted ideas to compile a new and engaging agenda for ObesityWeek attendees to enjoy.

Don't forget — the symposia suggestion site closes on Friday, Dec. 19! Find out more and submit your suggestions here.

TOS offers our sincere gratitude to all of our submitters, and would love to include all ideas in the conference program. However, we regret that given the high quality and quantity of submissions we are not able to use all of your great ideas.

Further, as you prepare your suggestions, please do not submit duplicates from prior meetings or suggestions from other conferences you've attended. TOS Program Committee works hard to ensure ObesityWeek offers something fresh and new for our attendees.

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ObesityWeek 2014: Medications and surgery to treat obesity
Contributed by HealthCentral
Obesity is often tagged with a discussion about willpower. Recent research and obesity trends seem to indicate that more is at play than just the ability to say no to food. Society does seem to value the person who loses weight and keeps it off without any use of medications or surgery. But current science suggests that if you have diabetes in the presence of obesity, bariatric surgery can help to resolve the diabetes, with minimal weight loss. Patients, and the health professionals who treat obesity, have to be willing to evaluate the possible benefits of using medications, even temporarily, and consider weight loss surgery.
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Spotlight on Obesity Research Institute: Check out the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB
TOS
A new video from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) showcases the obesity research conducted at the UAB's Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Center is made up of four research cores, 52 academic units and 152 researchers, and has one of the top three highest concentrations of TOS members.

"The Center provides us with world-class training, and it shows," says José Fernández, PhD, TOS member and Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB's NORC. "This past year we went to The Obesity Society's annual meeting, ObesityWeek, and two of our posters were selected for awards by the Pediatric Obesity Section. We were the only institute to have two posters chosen for this award."

To hear more about the research at UAB NORC, watch the full video here.

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Contributed by eHealth/mHealth Section
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:
    McKee HC, Ntoumanis N, Taylor IM. An Ecological Momentary Assessment of Lapse Occurrences in Dieters. Ann Behav Med. 2014 Dec;48(3):300 10.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24562984

    Castelnuovo G, Manzoni GM, Pietrabissa G, Corti S, Giusti EM, Molinari E, Simpson S. Obesity and outpatient rehabilitation using mobile technologies: the potential mHealth approach. Front Psychol. 2014 Jun 10;5:559.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24959157

    Gemming L, Rush E, Maddison R, Doherty A, Gant N, Utter J, Ni Mhurchu C. Wearable cameras can reduce dietary under-reporting: doubly labelled water validation of a camera-assisted 24 h recall. Br J Nutr. 2014 Nov 28:1-8.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25430667
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (schoffmd@email.sc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The maternal obesity hypothesis: How a mother's health, before and during pregnancy, can affect her child's weight
The Globe and Mail
It's a radical new theory rooted in the burgeoning field of epigenetics, and it speaks to one of the greatest burdens on public health in the modern age: obesity, a $2 trillion problem that affects some 2.1 billion people around the world.
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Thanksgiving foods to boost metabolism
Shape
You know you're going to eat more than usual on Thanksgiving, and that's okay — it's just one day, and your day-to-day habits count way more than what you eat in one indulgent meal. But if you do want to minimize the negative effects of a calorie-laden holiday meal (or a few holiday meals ... those leftovers aren't going to eat themselves), stick to higher protein foods, says Elizabeth Frost, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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Obesity linked to 500,000 new cancer cases a year
CBS News
Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 of new cancers in men in 2012.
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Intermittent fasting, the weight-losing alternative to three meals a day
The Washington Post
Instead of eating three square meals a day, intermittent fasting might help fight not just obesity but also such ailments as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, researchers say.
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FDA ruling provides calorie labeling for informed food choices
USAgNet
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules that require calorie information to be listed on menus in chain restaurants. The final rules come after FDA considered more than 1,100 comments submitted to the agency and on the heels of new research illustrating the benefits of calorie labeling for consumers.
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What happens to dropouts?
ConscienHealth
Dropouts in obesity treatment studies and programs present a significant problem. Long-term outcomes are what matter. But the individuals know very early on if things are working for them. And many other reasons contribute to high attrition rates. One analysis found that more than a quarter of participants in a large sample of obesity treatment studies dropped out of the studies.
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Behavioral therapy for weight loss may benefit most Americans
HealthCentral
After rolling out the Obesity Guidelines and recommendations to such questions as who needs to lose weight, how much weight needs to be lost to improve health, and what are the best methods for weight loss to follow, these questions and recommendations were applied to the United States population. The less than startling conclusion was that a fantastic number of people are in need of weight-loss treatment.
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NIH scientists determine how environment contributes to several human diseases
NIH
Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. The work, appearing online in the journal Nature, provides a possible explanation for how one type of DNA damage may lead to cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and lung disease and Alzheimer's disease.
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