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A Message from Our President
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I am honored to be working on your behalf as TOS President. My colleagues and I on the Executive Committee and Council are working hard to support and consolidate the view that the Obesity Society is the preeminent scientific society for obesity research and obesity clinical education, and that TOS is an effective advocate for obesity treatments and their development, obesity care, and obesity research and against obesity bias. More

ASSOCIATION NEWS


Obesity Week 2013: Symposia submissions site open until Nov. 30
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It's time to start planning for Obesity Week 2013! The Obesity Society's Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee is now accepting suggestions for sessions. Submissions can be made by going to www.obesity.org and clicking on the button in the right-hand column.

Guidelines for Symposia Suggestions:
    1. Please identify a track or tracks that are appropriate for the symposia suggestion. Joint/cross-track submissions are desirable.
    2. Symposia submissions should NOT duplicate topics covered in the last TOS meeting.
    3. Suggested speakers (2-4) may include a mix of TOS members and non-members.
    4. DO NOT contact suggested speakers in advance as we cannot guarantee their inclusion in the program. Invitations will ONLY be made by members of the Program Committee.
    5. TOS Sections may review and submit symposia suggestions on behalf of their members. Such submissions will be given special consideration by the Program Committee for inclusion in the program (but this does not mean they will be accepted in their entirety). We encourage you to work with your Sections to help us design the best program.


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Take a survey: Are our research efforts up to the task?
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The TOS Advocacy Committee is gathering information about whether our research efforts are up to the task to fully understand the mechanics of obesity. Please take a few moments to complete the survey in the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K9X7P5B

Deadline for responding is November 17th!


Are you an Obesity Society Fellow?
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Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by The Obesity Society. The prestigious mark of FTOS distinction sets you apart by acknowledging your high level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. Once you become a Fellow, you will have earned the right to include FTOS among your credentials to convey to colleagues your achievement within a scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. For more information, please click here.

Research!America
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TOS is proud to say that we have just joined Research!America, an organization dedicated to making sure that decision-makers know that Americans care about research and are paying attention. As a members of Research!America we receive benefits that we can share with TOS members including:
  • Advocacy and messaging tools
  • Opportunities to work with Research!America on programs highlighting the benefits of medical research
  • Participation in Research!America's award winning voter education initiative
  • Access to all Research!America's polling data, white papers and presentations
Most importantly, participation with this new group is part of TOS' continued commitment to scientific research by supporting another avenue advocating for the need for funding and opportunities.




UAB Distinguished Professor David B. Allison elected to Institute of Medicine
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David B. Allison, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and associate dean for science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Membership is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. More

Obesity Action Coalition honors TOS members Rebecca Puhl and Ted Kyle
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In their first-ever Your Weight Matters patient convention, held in Dallas Oct. 25 through 28, the OAC presented five awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the organization, and TOS is proud to have two members included in the honors—Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D., Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, and Ted Kyle, R.Ph., Founder and Principle of ConscienHealth.

Puhl was honored with the "Bias Buster" Award for her work in fighting stigma in the realm of obesity. Her recent efforts have included working to change a childhood anti-obesity campaign in the state of Georgia which used disparaging images of teens with the condition, and challenging a decision by a hospital in Texas not to hire employees who have excess weight. She has also conducted research showing that shame and blame deter people with obesity from losing weight and improving their health. Puhl has served as a member of TOS Council and on the Advocacy Committee. She is widely considered the leading expert on bias related to weight.

Kyle, who was given OAC's highest honor, the "Member of the Year" Award, earned his accolade through untiring work advocating for obesity research, more evidence-based ways to treat and prevent obesity, and extended coverage for approved treatments. Kyle has spoken on behalf of TOS and OAC in several FDA hearings and on Capitol Hill. He chairs the TOS Advocacy Committee for TOS, serves as a member of the board of OAC and also on the Steering Committee of the STOP Obesity Alliance. He was honored by TOS with the Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service earlier this year.


Capitol Update
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Headlines:
  • TOS Urges Congress to Establish a Treat Obesity Caucus
  • Obesity Community Participates in White House Meeting on Employer Wellness Programs
  • Obesity Community Comes Together at OAC Inaugural Convention
To view the November Capitol Update, please click here.


Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program
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The Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program is an initiative led by the Early-Career Investigator Committee, which provides a forum for students, postdocs, and junior scientists to receive mentorship from senior investigators on their grant proposals. Established TOS investigators will voluntarily review the "Specific Aims" section of a grant proposal and give feedback to early-career investigators.

Pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior scientists who have held an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for ≤ 5 years and who are currently TOS members are eligible to participate. Early-career investigators should submit a face page (including 2-3 sentence narrative, 3-5 keywords, 2 names of suggested reviewers), specific aims page, list of co-investigators and a short bio-sketch or CV to: communications@obesity.org. The Early-Career Investigator Committee will match investigators with reviewers. Investigators should receive feedback within 30 days of the match.

The deadline for the 2012 program is Nov. 14, 2012, 4:00 p.m., EST. Early-career investigators will need to have all materials submitted by this time in order to be matched.

For more information and to download the application materials, visit: http://www.obesity.org/about-us/eci-grant-review-program.htm. The website provides a list of the senior TOS members who have agreed to serve as reviewers. Early-career program applicants need to identify at least two potential reviewers from this list.

The Early-Career Investigator Committee invites established experts in obesity and surrounding fields, who are also TOS members, to participate as potential reviewers. As a senior investigator this is a great way to show your commitment to developing the next generation of scientists. If you are willing to participate as a reviewer for the Early-Career Grant Review Program, please contact us via email at: communications@obesity.org and send us a list of your areas of expertise. This will help us to match pairs accordingly.


Bylaw amendments approved
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September 2012, Fellows and Regular members of The Obesity Society voted to amend the Bylaws based on the recommendations from a special Bylaws Task Force appointed by Dr. Patrick M. O'Neil, Immediate Past President. The purpose of the amendments was to bring the Bylaws up to date so that the Society remains in keeping with its governance policies and practices. The majority of the recommended amendments were not major, but mainly to clarify the language of the Bylaws. The amended Bylaws may be viewed here.


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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Rise in extreme obesity creates new level of treatment complexity
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More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. If current trends continue, no state will have an obesity rate lower than 44 percent by 2030, according to estimates by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health. As clinically challenging as it is for primary doctors to treat obese patients — defined as those with a body mass index of 30 or higher — the problem is compounded when caring for patients with morbid obesity. These are patients with a BMI greater than 40, and their numbers are growing rapidly. More

Kansas City hospital bans sugary drinks, soda
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A Kansas City children's hospital has announced plans to ban sales of soda and sugar-filled juices from its cafeteria, gift shop and vending machines in a bid to fight childhood obesity. Officials at Children's Mercy Hospital said the ban will take effect in January. More

Study finds exercise adds to life expectancy, even for obese
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Even for the severely obese — those with a body mass index above 35 — exercising for about 2.5 hours a week at moderate intensity or for 75 minutes at vigorous levels puts average life expectancy a notch above that of a normal-weight person who is sedentary, the research shows. It's no surprise that exercise is good for you and will help you live longer. But the study published by the journal PLoS Medicine sounds a loud wake-up call to "healthy weight" couch potatoes who believe their good BMIs will ensure them a long life. More

Study tests practical approach to reducing preschoolers' screen use, with mixed results
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A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children spent in front of a screen didn't accomplish that goal, but it did cut back on the meals they ate in front of a television, a new study found. That's good news according to the lead author, because people tend to eat more and eat unhealthy food while watching television. "The relationship between screen time and obesity is linked to eating in front of a screen," said Dr. Catherine S. Birken, a pediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. More

Combining exercise and economics in the study of childhood obesity
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University of Maine professor of economics Todd Gabe's study suggests that the incidence of obesity is likely to increase from 7.8 percent of Maine's kids and teens to an estimated 25.7 percent as they grow into adults. "We've all heard about the nationwide obesity epidemic," says Gabe, "and these figures bring the problem — especially the challenge facing our children as they become adults — closer to home." More

Study: Doctors biased against overweight patients
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Doctors have similar levels of bias against people who are overweight as the general public, a new study says. Additionally, physicians are likely not aware of their own biases, the study showed. "The most striking thing is that physicians are like others in society, and hold negative attitudes about weight," said study researcher Janice Sabin, an assistant professor at the University of Washington. "Our study did not look at behavior, so we don't know whether or not this actually affects the patient-provider relationship," she added. Previous research identified weight biases in doctors, but the new study found that their level of bias is similar to that of the public. More

Eating in restaurants tied to higher calorie intake
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In study findings that may not surprise many people, kids and teens ate more calories — including more fat and more sugar &mdsah; on days when they had a meal from a fast-food or sit-down restaurant. "Parents (should) realize that restaurant consumption is not a straight-off substitute for eating at home. Restaurant consumption and fast-food consumption should not be the norm," said lead researcher Lisa Powell from the University of Illinois at Chicago. More

Americans fighting fat, but odds stacked against them
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If you look hard enough, there are signs that Americans are finally getting the message about how heavy and out-of-shape they are. More than half of Americans (55 percent) say they are trying to drop some weight, up significantly from 43 percent in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted for the International Food Information Council Foundation. But while the concern about obesity may have hit the national consciousness, it hasn't really shown up on the bathroom scale for most Americans yet. More
 

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