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Letter from the President
Boston: A Place for Learning & Re-Connecting

TOS
Dear Colleagues,

Boston. What a fabulous city: interesting people, a great food culture, bustling energy ... and ObesityWeek℠ 2014.

We have a lot of work to do in obesity and what better place for that good work than Boston? ObesityWeek℠ 2014, Nov. 2-7, is the place for collaboration, learning, advocating and re-connecting with old friends.

The science of obesity is charging ahead, providing new insights into causes, consequences, prevention and treatment. Combine that with TOS's burgeoning public affairs work and advocacy efforts on the hill, and in state capitals, and you've got a rich gumbo (or should I say lobster roll!) representing the diversity of perspectives and expertise that defines TOS.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


ObesityWeek Abstract Submission Site Opens May 1
TOS
Get ready to submit your latest research in obesity science, prevention and treatment to TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7, in Boston, MA. TOS will begin accepting abstracts for posters and presentations on May 1, 2014 and the site will remain open through June 15, 2014. Submit your abstracts to the following tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Nueroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Policy
Stay tuned for more information about how and where to submit your research at ObesityWeek.com

Don't forget to also submit your papers to the 2nd Annual Obesity Symposium at ObesityWeek 2014, where the authors of 6 winning papers will present. The deadline for online manuscript submission for this session is June 1, 2014. Find out more about the selection criteria and how to submit your article for the symposium here.

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2014 Obesity Society Grants Program — Call for Letters of Intent
TOS
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce two Early-Career Research Grants for up to $25,000 each will be funded for the 2014 grant period. The program targets junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research.

Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply by submitting Letters of Intent by the March 31, 2014 deadline. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by May 15, and the deadline for full proposal submission is June 15. Funding for the successful applications will be available on August 20, 2014. The award may be expended over a period of up to one year. Find more details and application instructions online here.

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Judge the Science, Not the Funding Source
TOS
TOS Secretary-Treasurer Martin Binks, PhD, published an editorial in the International Journal of Obesity this week about the debate over corporate sponsorships on research findings, calling the discussion "a necessary element of our scientific process." Dr. Binks goes on to point out the more and more frequent, and unfair character attacks on obesity scientists based on funding source and provides recommendations for "ensuring a strong, unbiased body of obesity research." Login to read the full article here.
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New Research Links Obesity to Ovarian Cancer
TOS
A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) found that women affected by obesity or overweight are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

According to the report, women who had a five-point increase in body mass index were 6% more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Of the four million women who participated in the studies that make up the report, 16,000 developed ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer joins a growing list of deadly diseases linked to excess body fat, including postmenopausal breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

The AICR estimates that maintaining a healthy weight could prevent as many as 120,000 cancer cases each year. For more information about obesity’s effect on cancer, be sure to review the infographic from AICR.

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NIH Opens Research Hospital to Outside Scientists
TOS
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is inviting non-government researchers to work alongside NIH scientists at the NIH Clinical Center for ten new projects. Scientists will have the opportunity to support projects on a variety of diseases and health conditions that affect children and adults worldwide, including problems associated with overweight or obesity.

Through these three-year, renewable awards of up to $500,000 per year, scientists from institutions around the country will be able to collaborate with government scientists in a highly specialized hospital setting. The NIH Clinical Center is the largest hospital in the nation devoted entirely to clinical research.

Outside scientists will be able to test promising laboratory discoveries using emerging technologies and tools, and collaborate on clinical protocols in partnership with NIH investigators to help advance disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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Sign up Now for the Nutrition Society's Summer Meeting
TOS
Registration is now open for the Nutrition Society's 2014 Summer Meeting, Carbohydrates in health: friends or foes, which will be held at the University of Glasgow, UK, from July 14 – 17.

The meeting will explore how dietary carbohydrates like cereals affect gut health, appetite, obesity and related disorders. Attendees of this meeting will be able to gain a wider understanding of new concepts in nutritional science and have the opportunity to network with colleagues from the industry.

Registration is open to both members and non-members. Visit the registration page to find out more.

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Register Today for the 2014 Cardiometabolic Health Congress
TOS
Many of the biggest health problems facing the world today stem from obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, when it comes to cardiovascular risk assessment, prevention, and clinical intervention, it can be difficult to distinguish between cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The 2014 Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC), taking place from October 22-25 in Boston, MA, will address the breadth and depth of this paradigm.

The curriculum of CMHC 2014 seeks to provide the most effective, current strategies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity, thrombosis, chronic kidney disease, insulin resistance, hypertriglyceridemia and related comorbidities. For more information, visit www.cardiometabolichealth.org.

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New 'I'm In' Campaign from PhRMA Aims to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials
TOS
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the National Minority Quality Forum recently announced a first-of-its-kind national campaign to help increase diversity in clinical trials.

The "I'm In" campaign will raise awareness about the importance of clinical research and encourage diverse patient populations to participate in studies that could develop new life-saving medicines. Partnerships with patient advocacy organizations, provider groups, individual physicians, clinical trials sponsors and researchers will help to drive campaign awareness and involvement.

To learn more about "I'm In" visit the website and download toolkits for patient advocacy, physician organizations, and the media. You can also find the campaign on Twitter at @Join_ImIn and on YouTube.

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Interested in eHealth/mHealth? Join the TOS EMS Leadership Team
TOS
Although the TOS eHealth/mHealth Section (EMS) leadership team meets only once a month (via phone), it has an impact on the EMS and EMS-related activities at ObesityWeek.

The following positions are now open to interested candidates for 2014 - 2015:
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1 opening, 1-year term, then rotates to Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair for a total of 4 years): The Secretary/Treasurer actively participates in all meetings of the TOS EMS and takes notes during monthly phone meetings.
  • Councilor (2 openings, 2-year term): Councilors serve in an advisory role and support the efforts of the EMS through joining our monthly conference calls, coming up with great ideas, and helping to implement them.
  • Fellow/trainee (1 opening, student/post-doctoral representative; 1-year term): Fellow/trainee member has a great opportunity for involvement by participating in monthly calls, ObesityWeek planning, and writing the quarterly newsletter.
Please send nominations for the position of interest including contact information and a brief bio (200 words) of the nominee to Donna Spruijt-Metz (dmetz@usc.edu). Please consider nominating yourself and/or others for the 2014 EMS election.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The fat drug
The New York Times
If you walk into a farm-supply store today, you're likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That's because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals' bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.
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Study: Fried food more fattening depending on genes
USA Today
A diet full of fried foods isn't good for anyone, but it may result in more weight gain for people at a high genetic risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The study, published Tuesday in the journal BMJ, is the latest evidence that life isn't fair when it comes to navigating a world of french fries, soda and comfy sofas — because some people are genetically predisposed to become fatter than others indulging in the same bad habits.
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Experts: A plunge in US preschool obesity? Not so fast
Reuters
If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no one had a ready explanation for that astounding finding by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indeed, it seemed to catch the experts by surprise.
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Moving target: Obesity coverage under the ACA
ConscienHealth
Obesity coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved somewhat, but it’s a bit of a moving target says Obesity Society advisor, Ted Kyle, in a recent interview with the San Diego Union Tribune. "The good news is that all health plans now have to cover intensive behavioral treatment for anyone with obesity. But much of the details of who provides what services is something that the individual plans are defining and you can be pretty sure it will keep changing over time," said Kyle.
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Teacher John Cisna says McDonald's diet helped him lose weight — but is it actually healthy?
The Huffington Post
The award-winning documentary "Super Size Me," about a man who ate only McDonald's meals for 30 days, shook up the fast food industry when it came out in 2004. The film chronicled activist and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's alarming physical and emotional deterioration after averaging about 5,000 calories of McDonald's food a day.
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Study: Habits that feed child obesity are widespread
Chicago Tribune
At the tender age of two months old, many American babies appear to be taking their first steps on the road to obesity, helped along by parents who may be preoccupied, pushy or uninformed about the care and feeding of babies for optimal health, a new study says.
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Plant sugar may prove to be healthy sweetener
MedPage Today
Agavins, natural sugars derived from the stem of the agave plant, reduced weight and blood sugar in mice prone to diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from Mexico. In the study, male C57BL/6J mice were randomly distributed into seven groups of four mice. One group received a standard diet plus plain water. The others received a standard diet plus water supplemented with either glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup, agavins, or aspartame.
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