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Letter from the President
TOS
Dear Fellow TOS members,

Obesity Week 2013 registration opens April 15! By now you are well aware that our annual meeting will be held in Atlanta, Nov. 11-16, in coordination with the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Your registration fee allows you to attend both society's annual meeting programs, high-profile joint sessions, and variety of free social events. Obesity Week brings a larger foot print — doubling the programming and the number of attendees, expanding the numbers of exhibitors and the level of corporate engagement, and broadening the impact of the science presented by our members through enhanced media and public attention.
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Submit letters of intent for TOS grant opportunities by April 15
TOS
As part of TOS' commitment to promoting, rewarding and encouraging research in the field of obesity, we're pleased to offer upcoming grant opportunities. These grants are intended to foster and stimulate new research in any area of investigation related to obesity. 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. Please click here for additional information and instructions, and submit your Letters of Intent by April 15!
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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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New guidelines for bariatric patients published in Obesity
TOS
The new guidelines, issued March 26 by TOS, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, have been revised to keep pace with the latest available evidence in the area of bariatric and metabolic surgery. Updated from 2008, the guidelines are particularly geared toward physicians who manage the pre- and post- operative care of bariatric patients, addressing issues such as candidacy for surgery, preoperative medical status, and prevention and management of potential post-operative complications. TOS member Adrienne Youdim, M.D., an author of the guidelines published in the March edition of Obesity, spoke in further detail on the topic with Medscape and MedPage Today. Read the full guidelines published online here.
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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 will be holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 15, 1:30 - 3 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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Capitol Update: TOS efforts continue to encourage recognition of obesity as a disease
TOS
This month, several TOS members will join other representatives from the obesity community in a workgroup on obesity treatment by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to help patients and health care providers make informed decisions about their care. In addition, TOS representatives are meeting with key staff from the Department of Health and Human Services to secure clear federal guidance on the coverage of obesity treatment as a medically necessary essential health benefit. Read more about these initiatives and other advocacy efforts in the Capitol Update 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.com starting April 15.
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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.com starting April 15.

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JAMA Symposium at Obesity Week 2013
TOS
During Obesity Week 2013, Nov. 11-16, JAMA will hold a special 60-minute symposium of obesity-related papers published in the journal. The Editors of JAMA are seeking top-quality papers focused on the basic and clinical science aspects of obesity treatment, identification of novel risk factors for the development of obesity, and obesity policy. In addition to reports of original research, systematic reviews and scholarly viewpoint articles will also be considered.

Edward Livingston, M.D., Deputy Editor of JAMA, is working with the Obesity Society Planning Committee to identify abstracts submitted through the TOS abstract submission site that may be suitable for the session. Authors of these abstracts will be invited to submit a paper to JAMA for expedited review and potential inclusion in JAMA in November 2013, as well as inclusion in the special JAMA session at Obesity Week 2013. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Interested authors can submit abstracts for inclusion in the JAMA session via the TOS abstract submission site when it opens on May 1, 2013.

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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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Clinical Management of Obesity (CMO) section announces Obesity Week events
TOS
The TOS CMO Section is a group of practicing clinicians working to address common problems faced by clinicians, and promoting ethical treatment of overweight patients. The Section is pleased to announce several programs during Obesity Week 2013, as follows:
  • Breakfast with the Professor
    Wednesday, Nov. 13
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • Breakfast with the Professor
    Thursday, Nov. 14
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • Evening Reception
    Thursday, Nov. 14
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by: Robard Corporation
Registration for these events will open with Obesity Week registration on April 15. We hope you'll join us for these exciting events!

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Drugs are an important tool in the medical treatment of obesity
TOS
When combined with diet and exercise, obesity drugs can play a vital role in the medical treatment of the disease, said TOS member Domenica Rubino, M.D. in an online video segment with The Motley Fool, a financially focused online publication. Dr. Rubino also discussed the leading causes of obesity and how new research is aiding in its medical treatment during an in-studio interview with the publication. Read more and watch the full video here.
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New research shows physicians' weight could impact credibility with patients
TOS
New research published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that a physician's weight could negatively impact his or her relationship with patients. Arya Sharma, M.D., member of the TOS Public Affairs Committee, spoke with American Medical News on the topic and suggested the best way for physicians to address this form of weight bias is to do it "head-on." Read more about the study and Dr. Sharma's thoughts here.
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New research shows promise for people impacted by severe mental illness and obesity
TOS
In a statement issued March 21, TOS Member Martin Binks, Ph.D., called "A Behavior Weight-Loss Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness" in the New England Journal of Medicine promising for an often underserved population. He said if we can successfully integrate weight-loss interventions into standard care of those with mental illness, as done in the study, "we are one step closer to improving the quality of life for a group of people who face an even steeper challenge when it comes to weight loss." Read more about the statement and the study here.
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TAKE ACTION: Sequestration brings cuts to NIH, FDA, other health research agencies
TOS
With sequestration, annual cuts to NIH, FDA and other U.S. health research agencies are impending. As a result, it could impact grantees, vendors, and the pharma, bio and device industries that partner with researchers to develop the products patients await. In an effort to remind members of Congress that sequestration is not a "new normal," Research!America asks that we remind them to correct this mistake before more damage is done by sending a letter through this link. They are also holding a Rally for Research in Washington on April 8. Find out more and register for the event here.
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TOS members present at IMMUNOLOGY 2013
TOS
Immunometabolism is arguably one of the most exciting new directions in obesity and type 2 diabetes research. In an effort to better understand the roles of immune cells and immune-mediated inflammation in obesity and type 2 diabetes, TOS representatives will participate in the Guest Society Symposia at IMMUNOLOGY 2013 in Honolulu, May 3-7, 2013. TOS members, Gerald Denis, Ph.D., and Barbara Nikolajczyk, Ph.D., will present a symposium on Immunometabolism: The Role of the Immune System in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
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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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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Scientists worry sequester puts American research prowess at risk
Los Angeles Times
The American scientific community is at one of the most exciting junctures in modern science; able to sequence the human genome, and with the help of advanced computers, researchers are making more progress each day on curing or preventing a variety of diseases. But much of this progress is being slowed — or stopped entirely — because of the government budget cuts known as sequestration, scientists say.
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Analysis concludes effective medical obesity treatment could reduce Medicare spending
Los Angeles Business Journal
VIVUS, Inc. announced that a new study demonstrates that effective medical treatment providing 10% to 15 percent weight loss could lead to significant improvements in Medicare spending by reversing or reducing significant health consequences such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia in obese or overweight patients.
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Group-based incentives may produce more weight loss
Reuters
Employees offered financial incentives to lose weight may drop more pounds when they're competing as part of a group of colleagues, a new study suggests. Researchers compared two incentive scenarios. Under one, employees got $100 for each month they met the goal of dropping at least one pound per week. Under the second scenario, $500 was set aside each month for a group of five co-workers and the ones who met their goal got to split the prize.
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A breath test to determine obesity?
KHOU-TV
Could the bacteria in your stomach be making you fat? Studies point to a specific microbe that causes the body to hoard calories. A new test can reveal if you have it, and now researchers are looking to a common medicine as a possible fix. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai have found that breath can tell them a lot about what kind of microbes are living in the gut.
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Study: 'Good' bacteria in excess may increase obesity risk
KABC-TV
A new study suggests that too much "good" bacteria in your digestive system may increase your risk for obesity. Some people eat and eat and never seem to gain weight — until metabolic changes occur. Many think it's because of age, but now new evidence suggests an association between weight gain and an overabundance of "gut bacteria" called Methanobrevibacter smithii.
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High-carb children's diet leads to lifelong obesity
Medical Daily
Research on laboratory animals may have large implications for the state of obesity in America today. Researchers from the University of Buffalo have found that when rats were fed a high carbohydrate diet early on in life, they were unable to shed excess weight later on, even if they were put on a calorie-restricted diet. Their research implicates early life conditioning to how the body will react to food later on in adulthood.
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Professor: Airlines should charge 'fat tax' on obese travelers because their extra weight burns more fuel
Daily Mail
A pay-what-you-weigh airline pricing scheme should be introduced because heavier people cost more in fuel to fly, a professor has claimed. Heavier passengers would pay more for their plane tickets and lighter ones less under plans put forward by Dr Bharat P Bhatta. Writing in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management publication, Bhatta said weight and space should be taken into account when airlines price their tickets.
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