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A Message from the Executive Director
TOS
The Obesity Society (TOS) was founded on a commitment to encouraging research into the causes and treatment of obesity, and keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances. As part of this commitment, each year we award grants to promote, reward and encourage research in the field. These grants are intended to foster and stimulate new research in any area of investigation related to obesity.

In past years, TOS grants have been put toward scientific and medical research published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals and presented at prestigious scientific and research meetings. Most importantly, research conducted through the grants has benefitted the treatment of obesity and improved the quality of life for millions affected by the disease.

We're pleased to announce our call for applications for the 2013 Early-Career Research Grants. TOS is seeking applicants who have received their PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years, and are TOS members (see more details on the grants below).

Grants will be reviewed and recipients selected by the TOS Scientific Review Committee. Submissions will be judged based on novelty of research, scientific design, feasibility of producing meaningful research results within one year of the grant, and feasibility of meeting budget constraints. The recipients will be announced and honored during the Opening Session at the TOS annual meeting, as part of Obesity Week 2013, Nov. 11-16.

If you're interesting in applying, please visit our website for more details and plan to submit your Letter of Intent by the deadline, April 15, 2013.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Sincerely,
Francesca Dea
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TOS Announces Grant Opportunities for 2013!
Letters of Intent deadline: April 15th

TOS
As part of TOS's commitment to promoting, rewarding and encouraging research in the field of obesity, we’re pleased to share information about our upcoming grant opportunities. This year, we’re excited to announce two Early-Career Research Grants for up to $25,000 each that will be funded for the 2013 grant period. To apply you must meet the following criteria, which applies to the Principal Investigator only:
  • Member of TOS (domestic or international)
  • Junior investigator or post-doctoral research fellow:
    • PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years
    • No previous major research funds as PI (e.g. RO1, UO1, PO1, P510, and any extramural funding totalling more than $250,000 per year of direct costs)
  • Potential to generate future funding
  • Applications from postdoctoral research fellows must have a mentor who is a current TOS member
PhD must be obtained no earlier than Sept. 1, 2008. MD must be obtained no earlier than Sept. 1, 2005. Applicants may not be a post-doctoral fellow for more than five years.

Please click here for additional information and instructions.

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'Obesity & Pregnancy' Explores the Tie to Pre- and Post-Term Reproductive Issues
TOS
Interested in the tie between pregnancy and obesity? The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and TOS are co-hosting a new "hot topic" conference entitled, "Obesity and Pregnancy," May 15-17, open to clinicians, midwives, psychologists, nutritionists and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproduction. The conference program will include a balance of basic science, translational research and clinical practice. For more information and to register please click here.
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2013 TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam, Nov. 11-12, 2013 Atlanta
TOS
Get Ready for Your ABOM Certification Exam! The review course to be held during Obesity Week 2013 is designed as a tool to help physicians prepare. The 2013 course includes an updated approach from the previous year, with more coverage of certain domains, a discussion of sample test questions, as well as didactic lectures. Attendees will also have an opportunity to review the materials in advance. Register online at www.obesityweek.org starting April 1.
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TOS Announces Preconference Sessions at Obesity Week 2013: Mobile Health and Healthy Habits at Home
TOS
Save the Date – Nov. 12 2013 at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 11-16. Don't miss these exciting pediatric obesity pre-conference sessions on mobile health and healthy habits at home.
    Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity
    This full-day workshop, sponsored by FHI360, is designed to offer participants a primer on mHealth, including sessions on developing a trans-disciplinary team, collecting and storing "big data," and using real- and near-time data to customize interventions on the fly.

    Sponsored by TOS eHEALTH, mHEALTH Section (EMS), TOS Pediatric Section (POS), & the National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Strategic Partnership, this workshop offers participants access to tools, techniques, measurements, and collaborations to further their mHealth work. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the information exchange leading to the next generation of tools and research, as well as learn about relevant funding announcements and agency interests in mHealth.

    Establishing Healthy Habits at Home
    Intended for the general public, this outreach session sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation will give parents tools to prevent obesity from preconception through adolescence. It is an exciting opportunity to translate significant research in the field into practice.

Register online at www.obesityweek.org starting April 1.

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Call for Papers: Submit Your Research to Both Obesity Journal and Obesity Week
TOS
Get double-recognition for your papers at Obesity Week 2013! The editors of Obesity announced they will be holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. They are seeking submissions of high quality manuscripts, of which six winning papers will be selected for the authors to present during the session. The manuscripts will also appear in the conference Abstract Book, and the full papers will be included in the November issue of the journal. The deadline for submission is April 28, 2013 and the chosen authors will be notified by July 15.

We encourage all authors submitting a manuscript to the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium competition to also submit an abstract to Obesity Week 2013. The Journal's call for papers will be considered separately from the Obesity Week submissions.

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Vote for Obesity Week 2013 Social Event!
TOS
Whether it's dancing, music or trivia, we'd like to know what you like to do socially. Each year at our Annual Meeting, TOS hosts a social event for attendees to network, mingle and most importantly, have fun! This year we’d like for you to weigh in on what you'd like to do.

When you vote please keep in mind that, in addition to the social event, we will be hosting an off-site opening reception, as well as the After Dark event, which will be held at one of the conference hotels with live music and dancing. The TOS Social Event will be held on a different night — so attendees can enjoy all three. The social event is a ticketed event, at a cost of $40 per person. Please click here to cast your vote!

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TOS Weighs in on New York Super-Sized Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Ruling
TOS
In a recent New York City ruling, a judge blocked Mayor Bloomberg's size restriction on super-sized sugared beverages in the city drawing attention from critics and advocates across the board. TOS past-president, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, weighed in on the debate supporting Bloomberg's efforts as having "increased the national conversation about the impact sugary beverages have on our nation's health." Read the full statement here.

In addition, TOS Advocacy Committee Member, Stephen Cook, MD, discussed the implications of the ruling on WWIX Radio in Rochester, New York. Click here to listen in to the conversation (segment is about half-way through the podcast).

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Importance of Treating Obesity as a Disease Raised in TOS Letter to the Editor
TOS
In a letter to the editor to The Times & Democrat, a local newspaper in TOS past-president, Dr. O'Neil's home state of South Carolina, he relayed the importance of treating obesity as a disease, like others such as diabetes and hypertension. In the letter, Dr. O'Neil said, "The more willing we are to accept obesity as a chronic disease, the closer we will be to finding solutions." Click here to read the full letter.
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Research in Obesity Shows Not All Calories Sited in the Nutrition Label
TOS
A study in the latest issue of Obesity found that caloric content in the most commonly consumed energy-dense snack foods in the United States is slightly higher than what's listed on the nutrition label. Researchers, including TOS member, Susanne Votruba, RD, PhD, compared the calories listed on nutrition labels of a convenience sample of pre-packaged snack foods to what was measured in a laboratory setting.

Across all snacks, median serving size was 1.2 percent greater than what was stated on the label, which was not significantly different. However, after differences in serving sizes were taken into account, actual calories measured were 4.3 percent higher than those stated on nutrition labels, on average. In a sample of foods tested for macronutrient content, carbohydrate content measured was 7.7 percent higher than that given on the label. Carbohydrate content accounted for 40 percent of the additional calories, and serving size accounted for 55 percent.

While these deviations are within FDA guidelines, consumption of these energy-dense snack foods is common, and thus, consumers should be aware that accuracy of labeling varies, in some cases, leading to greater than expected caloric intake. Sign in to Obesity to read more about this study and the many others published this month!

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3rd Canadian Obesity Summit Takes Place May 1-4, 2013
TOS
The Canadian Obesity Network (CON) invites you to attend the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit, in Vancouver, May 1-4, Canada's only interdisciplinary conference on obesity. CON is dedicated to the prevention and management of obesity and the Summit will focus on improving health systems and services, developing evidence-based policies to prevent obesity, and clinical approaches for the management of obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. For more information please click here.
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Primary Care Congress for Cardiometabolic Health, April 23-25, 2013
TOS
This Congress, presented by Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School, is open to those interested in improving their knowledge, skills, clinical care, and outcomes at the primary care level. The program will examine the components of cardiometabolic syndrome, its related clinical conditions, and approaches to control these conditions. It will include discussions of cutting-edge basic and clinical science that build upon the latest data and evidence-based clinical care recommendations, and emphasize practical applications through the discussion of care parameters and actual cases. To find out more about the Congress and to register please click here.
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Call for Nominations: ILSI North America Future Leader Award
TOS
As part of its work to foster the career and development of outstanding new scientists, the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI N.A.) is soliciting nominations of individuals to be considered for the 2014 Future Leader Awards. The two-year grant ($15,000US per year) is available for research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and food safety, and nutrition and food science. The deadline for submission of all nomination materials is Friday, June 21, 2013. For more information please click here or contact Courtney Kelly at 202-659-0074 ext. 143 or via email at ckelly@ilsi.org.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


New York City large-soda ban blocked by judge
BBC News
A court has blocked a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks — including soda — from restaurants in New York City, a day before the law was to take effect. Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the measure was "arbitrary and capricious", after industry groups sued the city. The law would forbid the sale of drinks larger than 16 ounces (473ml) in food-service establishments. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the judge was "totally in error" and has vowed to appeal against ruling.
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Study: Money talks when it comes to losing weight
Mayo Clinic
Weight loss study participants who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lost more weight than study participants who received no incentives, according to Mayo Clinic research that will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session.
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Study finds loophole in self-regulation of junk food ads
The Hill
There's a gaping loophole in a voluntarily program that's aimed at limiting junk food ads on children's television, according to researchers at Yale University. The criteria set by business organizations are too narrow to effectively shield children and teenagers from being bombarded with junk food ads, according to research by Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.
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Celebrity endorsement encourages children to eat junk food
University News
A study by the University of Liverpool has found that celebrity endorsement of a food product encourages children to eat more of the endorsed product. It also found that children were prompted to eat more of the endorsed product when they saw the celebrity on TV in a different context.
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SpongeBob wanted for crimes against children
Examiner
SpongeBob SquarePants, the popular Nickelodeon character is the star of an unflattering new full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter that spotlights the growing childhood obesity epidemic. The ad was developed by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Center for Digital Democracy, Children Now, Prevention Institute, and Voices for America's Children.
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Skim milk may not lower obesity risk among children
TIME
Got milk? It turns out that low-fat versions may not be the answer to helping kids maintain a healthy weight. Long a staple of childhood nutrition, milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which can help to build bone, and experts believed that lower-fat versions could help children to avoid the extra calories that came with the fat in whole milk.
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Early consumption of carbs heightens obesity risk
Laboratory Equipment
Consumption of foods high in carbohydrates immediately after birth programs individuals for lifelong increased weight gain and obesity, a Univ. at Buffalo animal study has found, even if caloric intake is restricted in adulthood for a period of time. The research on laboratory animals was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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