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ObesityWeek™ 2013 Highlights
Letter from the Executive Director

TOS
Dear Colleagues,

As part of our planning for ObesityWeekTM 2014, we're taking a look at our successes from 2013 and moving forward strategically to further improve upon an already successful event. Today, I'm pleased to provide you with a look into some key figures from the 2013 conference, including a breakdown of attendees, exhibitors/sponsors and abstracts. Here are a few highlights.
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Look AHEAD: Largest U.S. Weight-Loss Study Shows Long-Term Weight Control is Possible with Intensive Lifestyle Intervention (ILI)
TOS
The largest United States weight-loss study using diet and exercise alone shows long-term weight loss is possible through intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) for weight management. These results are part of the newly released 8-year findings of the Look AHEAD study published in the January issue of Obesity, the official journal of The Obesity Society. Researchers found that ILI produced clinically meaningful weight loss (>- 5%) over eight years in half of individuals with type 2 diabetes and believe the intervention can be used for long-term management of obesity-related co-morbid conditions.

Study author and Obesity Society member Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, said, "This study shows intensive lifestyle programs that involve frequent treatment visits in the first year, and weight-loss maintenance programs in years 2 – 8, can help keep the weight off over the long-term and reduce comorbid conditions."

Find out more in the press release here.

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TOS Commends Actions of Food Industry to Reduce Calorie Content in Food
TOS
In a statement issued earlier this month, TOS President Steven Smith, MD, commended the actions of corporations who "cut trillions of calories from food products, making good on their promise to cut 1.5 trillion calories by 2015."

"These corporations are taking a big step toward improving the health of the food environment and we look forward to their continued efforts," said Dr. Smith. He encouraged other companies to sign onto the effort because "initiatives to combat obesity cannot succeed without the engagement of the many industries that have the power to positively impact the health of billions of people."

Read the full statement here.

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TOS Supports FTC Efforts to Protect Consumers
TOS
In a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission, TOS President Steven Smith, MD, commended the "proactive stance" of the agency for "protecting consumers from products with false weight loss claims." The agency recently took action against the makers of several weight loss products for intentionally misleading consumers into supposed weight loss aids, such as Sensa and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG).

"Weight loss is difficult to achieve, and the large number of companies that take advantage of the vulnerable population trying to lose weight by selling weight loss products that are not rooted in scientific evidence, and not effective, has been a growing concern for our membership," continued Dr. Smith.

Read the full letter here.

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Capitol Update: Bipartisan Bill Introduced on Managing Chronic Care Under Medicare
TOS
On January 15, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Peter Welch (D-VT), introduced the Better Care, Lower Cost Act. This bipartisan legislation aims at providing better care at a lower cost for the millions of Medicare beneficiaries living with multiple chronic conditions. The Obesity Care Continuum is in the process of reviewing the legislation in full for any potential benefits for those affected by obesity.

You can find out more about the legislation in the January Capitol Update and read more about the HHS Final Rule on 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the new National Black Council of State Legislators (NBCSL) policy on access to obesity treatment options here.

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New ABOM Item Writing Committee Established for Exam Question Development
TOS
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announces the formation of a new Item Writing Committee that will write new items for the ABOM bank of examination questions. Congratulations to TOS members sitting on the inaugural Committee, including Drs. Sarah Armstrong, Scott Butsch, Sayeed Ikramuddin, Scott Kahan, Richard Lindquist, Jennifer Seger, and Sean Wharton.

Members will be trained by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on refining item-writing techniques and enhancing the quality of items in examinations and programs. To maintain absolute confidentiality and separation between the examination writers and all preparatory or review courses for this examination, ABOM committee members are not permitted to teach, lecture, provide seminars, assist, make comments or in any way participate in such courses while serving the Board and for a period of 3 calendar years following the end of service. Find out more about the ABOM at www.abom.org.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Media focus on obesity may backfire for some women
HealthDay News via WebMD
Feeling a little fat after the holidays? Beware. Reading a news story that seems to devalue people who are overweight might make you more likely to reach for snacks to soothe your anxiety. Media stories that focus on topics such as the financial impact of obesity on society or the importance of better self-control for weight loss could spur weight gain among women, a small new study of college students contends.
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Beige fat catches eye of UGA researchers
Albany Herald
White cells store globs of fat and make bellies jiggle. Brown cells burn fat and keep mice slim. In between is a type of fat called "beige," which may be a key to fighting the bulge. This prospect is so trendy that a beige-fat expert was featured in November during the nation’s largest meeting of obesity experts and bariatric surgeons.
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28 CME Credits Available

Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS),
February 26 – March 1, 2014, Las Vegas
Topics: Metabolic/Bariatric, Colon, Hernia, and Foregut.
Keynote Speaker Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, President of AACE


Study: Parents are a greater force behind obesity than fast food
The Christian Post
A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is shattering widely held beliefs that fast food and other unhealthy foods are to blame for the dramatic rise in obesity rates. The study entitled, "The Association of Fast Food Consumption with Poor Dietary Outcomes and Obesity Among Children: is it The Fast Food of the Remainder of the Diet?" was conducted by Barry Popkin, a Professor of Nutrition at UNC's Gillings School of Public Health and was recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Obesity rates are falling among rhe affluent and well-educated, but rising among the poor
Think Progress
Several encouraging reports from the last two years indicate that America is making some headway in the fight against youth obesity. But a new study by Harvard researchers suggests that the gains have been economically stratified — and the obesity rate is actually increasing for poor adolescents, even as it falls among teenagers with affluent and more-educated parents.
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Study finds obesity rates may be under-reported, especially in some regions
MPB
Obesity rates in Mississippi and across the U.S. may actually be higher than usually reported. But a new study published this week says the Magnolia state’s obesity rates may not be the worst in the nation. The study, published in the journal Obesity, says there may be regional differences in how American mis-report obesity.
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Cash or credit? How kids pay for school lunch matters for health
New England Public Radio
American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the most recent studies. In fact, the closest thing we have to good news about childhood obesity is that kids are not gaining weight as rapidly as they were some years ago. Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating.
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Renewed calls to tackle obesity worldwide
Medscape (Login required)
The International Association for the Study of Obesity is drawing attention to the growing need to tackle rising levels of obesity and related noncommunicable diseases in virtually all countries of the world. In a statement issued last week, IASO policy director Tim Lobstein, Ph.D., called on all governments to take a strong leadership stance on this issue. The IASO has come up with a 10-point action plan to reduce preventable deaths while improving economic performance, said Dr. Lobstein.
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Health chat: Obesity
Voice of America
Health information and discussion.
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Matthew Hulver named head of Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Associate Professor Matthew Hulver was recently named the head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. "Matt's past experiences, his research that is relevant to the many health and exercise issues that are prevalent in our society, and his enthusiasm to lead and manage the department, will be great assets to his new role as department head and will help our college continue to be a leader in food systems and health," said Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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