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Happy holidays from The Obesity Society! Let's take a moment to look back on the exciting events of 2014 with a special edition of the eNewsletter highlighting the top news stories and announcements on the science and treatment of obesity from this year.

FDA ruling provides calorie labeling for informed food choices
Minnesota Ag Connection via 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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Obesity may cause nearly half a million cancer cases each year
Yahoo Health
You know that excess weight is hard on your heart, and that obesity and Type 2 diabetes go hand in hand. Now, a new study in The Lancet Oncology adds cancer to the growing list of problems we can blame on our ballooning waistlines.
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New guidelines: 65 percent of Americans need help with weight loss
Medscape
Largely because the criteria have been expanded to include more categories of overweight people and still include all obese people, new weight-loss guidelines issued last year recommend behavioral treatment for 140 million American adults — 65 percent of the population, a new study indicates.
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A calorie's just a calorie ... Right?!
Prevention
Victoria Wolk writes: Even though I try to eat clean, there are still those days when there's no way I'm skipping dessert. To make up for the slab of chocolate cake (my weakness), I'll cut back somewhere else. After all, a calorie's a calorie, right? Not quite.
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Distractions diminish food cravings
MedPage Today
Researchers have sharpened their focus on the brain's reward centers with the hope of developing new strategies for dealing with obesity. Two studies reported here at the ObesityWeek meeting show that cognitive strategies for turning attention away from food cravings help patients turn off the desire to indulge — at least temporarily.
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2 major milestones for obesity drug treatment
Letter from the Executive Director — Sept.17, 2014
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.

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Study: Today's parents less able to spot obesity in their kids
HealthDay News
Parents have become less able to realize when their child is overweight or obese, a new study finds. In fact, parents interviewed between 2005 and 2010 were 24 percent less likely to spot a weight problem in their child than parents interviewed between 1988 and 1994, the researchers said.
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Study: Many women with obesity face stigma every day
HealthDay News
Women who are overweight and obese are likely to experience frequent, daily insults and humiliation from strangers, family and friends, according to a new study. Fifty overweight and obese women kept week-long diaries that reported a total of 1,077 "weight-stigmatizing" events, with an average of three negative events per individual over seven days.
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The 'Dr. Oz effect': Senators scold Mehmet Oz for diet scams
NBC News
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently extols weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got a harsh scolding from several senators at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.
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'Walkable' neighborhoods reduced obesity, overweight, diabetes
Healio
People who live in neighborhoods where walking is convenient reported lower rates of diabetes, obesity and overweight, according to study data presented at the American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions.
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FDA considers appetite-curbing implant for severely obese
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
A new implant designed to curb the appetite by electrically stimulating stomach nerves is under review by a key advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device is aimed at severely obese adults who have failed to slim down using traditional methods, but don't want, or can't have, weight-loss surgery, the manufacturer, EnteroMedics Inc., said in its application for FDA approval.
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Severe obesity in US children on the rise, multipronged solution needed
CBS News
Childhood obesity is on the rise in the U.S. after all, according to a new report published in JAMA Pediatrics. Most alarming, the study finds an increase in the number of children with severe forms of obesity, whose body mass index measured 120- to 140-percent higher than children of average healthy weight.
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Health plans are major obstacle to weight-loss surgery
The Seattle Times
While the number of obese Americans persists at record levels, the number of patients undergoing weight loss surgery hasn't budged in a decade. Surgeons blame a combination of factors for the stagnating numbers, including the economic downturn and a social stigma against resorting to surgery to treat weight problems. But insurance coverage is the largest hurdle, they say.
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How a little chill in the air could help you lose weight
NPR
When it comes to tackling obesity, eating right and staying active are usually the way to go. But a research team in the Netherlands says there's an environmental factor that might help and that is often overlooked: the cold. We're not talking bone-chilling temperatures that'll make you shiver endlessly, but a milder cold between 62 and 77 degrees.
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Weight-loss companies charged with false advertising
CNN
That "miracle" weight-loss product you've seen on TV may not live up to the hype. The Federal Trade Commission has charged four companies with deceptive advertising related to their weight loss products. "Operation Failed Resolution," as the FTC calls it, is an effort by the federal agency to crack down on companies' misleading claims about products that allegedly help consumers slim down.
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