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Letter from the President
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

With two out of three adults in the United States affected by obesity or overweight, The Obesity Society (TOS) is launching an effort to encourage the treatment of obesity as a serious health condition, like heart disease and cancer. The new campaign, Treat Obesity Seriously, aims to create a shift in the way many Americans look at the disease. Through the effort we're working to educate policymakers on the need to recognize obesity as a serious condition and to facilitate policies that improve access to treatments and cost reimbursement. The campaign also provides clinicians with the tools to help diagnose obesity.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


TOS Launches 'Treat Obesity Seriously' to Encourage Treatment of Obesity as a Serious Health Condition
TOS
Through the newly launched "Treat Obesity Seriously" campaign, TOS is encouraging the treatment of obesity as a serious health condition — an important step in acknowledging its many negative health consequences. As part of the effort, we’re looking to policymakers to improve access for obesity treatment and providing clinicians with the tools to help diagnose obesity.

Through the site, clinicians can sign up to receive free tools to support conversations with patients about weight, which include a BMI prescription pad, an office poster and a BMI wheel calculator. Register here to get the tools by mail.

Check out TreatObesitySeriously.org for more information about the campaign, and share it with your friends and colleagues.

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ObesityWeek℠ Partners Announce Dr. Tom Farley as Keynote Speaker
TOS
ObesityWeek℠ partners are pleased to announce Dr. Tom Farley as a keynote speaker for this year's event! Speaking on his role as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, his presentation is entitled, "Saving Gotham: New York City's Attempts to Reverse the Obesity Epidemic."

Under Dr. Farley's leadership, the agency is working to address the social and environmental factors underlying the leading causes of death and disability. His efforts are seen in the innovative strategies in NYC developed to fight obesity and create a healthier food environment, such as:
  • Aggressive counter-advertising to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages;
  • A proposed demonstration project to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from allowable SNAP purchases; and,
  • A cap on the maximum size of sugar-sweetened beverages sold at food service establishments at 16 ounces.
You won't want to miss Dr. Farley during the second day of Scientific Sessions at ObesityWeek℠!

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Submit Your Abstracts for ObesityWeek℠ 2013
TOS
Calling all submissions of the latest groundbreaking research in obesity prevention and treatment! TOS is accepting abstracts for presentation during ObesityWeek℠ 2013. Find out more information about how and where to submit your abstracts here. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as either oral presentations or posters. The abstract submission website is open through June 15, 2013.

Submit your abstracts to the following tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health
  • Policy
We look forward to reviewing your top-notch obesity research!

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Food for Thought: Perspectives on Obesogens in Obesity
TOS
Perspectives on the proposed link between obesity and environmental chemical exposure are presented in the June issue of Obesity and provide much food for thought.
  • Jerrod Heindel and Thaddeus Schug describe existing literature that demonstrates the link between these "obesogens" and obesity, particularly during early development.
  • Richard Sharpe and Amanda Drake explain the important limitations to the current research on obesogens, including the generalizability from animal models to humans, as well as the concern that high fat diets may be confounded with environmental chemical exposure.
  • In yet another piece, Juliette Legler, introduces the ongoing OBELIX study, which includes both animal and human studies of potential obesogens to address some limitations of previous research.
  • Finally, in the editorial, Julia Gohlke and David Allison discuss the three perspective pieces and consider possible next steps in designing practical and ethical studies that would address un-answered questions about obesity and environmental chemical exposure.
We encourage you to check out these articles and share your thoughts in the TOS social community in MemberClicks.

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Capitol Update: TOS Continues to Advocate for Recognition of Obesity as a Chronic Disease
TOS
April was a busy month for TOS on Capitol Hill. Our representatives attended an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) strategy summit; discussed the treatment of obesity as a chronic disease as part of state essential health benefits (EHB) and Multi-State Plans (MSP) with key staff from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and, joined a special Workgroup on Obesity Treatment Options in Diverse Populations, sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Read more about these activities, and others, in the May Capitol Update.
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Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery Workshop, May 22-23
TOS
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are sponsoring a workshop on long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery. The purpose of this workshop is to review the current state-of-the-science in regards to long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, determine critical gaps in understanding, and strategize about methods to leverage existing clinical studies to fill those gaps. A variety of stakeholders are being invited to the workshop to present their viewpoints. This will be a 1.5-day workshop to be held May 22-23, 2013, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Check out the website to find out more and register.
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TOS Member, Dr. Domenica Rubino, Discusses Technologies That Can Help Track Weight Loss
TOS
In an online video segment with Max Macaluso, PhD, of the Motley Fool, TOS member Domenica Rubino, M.D., discusses four technologies that can help track and manage weight loss. Watch the segment to find out what they are.
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New Survey on Diversity with TOS Membership Application & Renewal
TOS
TOS' Diversity Committee wants you to know about a new, optional survey it has developed that will be administered when renewing or applying for membership. The new survey includes a few, brief questions intended to ensure representation of individuals of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity) at all levels of the Society. For questions or comments about the survey contact the TOS membership department.
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Call for Applicants: Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award and Pat Simons Travel Grants
TOS
The call for Ethan Sims and Pat Simons candidates opens today as part of the TOS abstract submission website opening. Candidates can apply for these opportunities in conjunction with abstract submission, as both are intended to help promote the work of young investigators at the TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2013.

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award
This award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator, based on his/her submitted abstract and oral presentation during the Annual Scientific Meeting. Five finalists will be chosen on the basis of the quality of their abstracts and finalists will be invited to present their abstracts during the Ethan Sims Young Investigator plenary session. These presentations will be judged by the TOS Awards Committee and the award winner will be announced at the conclusion of the session. All five finalists will be able to claim up to $1,000 in travel expenses (to the Annual Meeting), and the winner will receive a $1,000 prize.

Eligible candidates for this award must be currently registered for an undergraduate or graduate degree, be currently training in a post-doctoral fellowship, or have completed their educational studies (including fellowship) no more than three years before submission of the abstract. Ethan Sims Award candidates must submit a CV and request a letter of recommendation from a member of The Obesity Society.

Pat Simons Travel Grants
As part of its commitment to young investigators in the field of obesity research, TOS will award a number of travel grants of $500 each to attend the annual meeting. The exact number is set each year by the TOS Council. Potential winners will be selected from the ranking of the submitted abstracts and will need only to return a form signed by their institution acknowledging that the winner is either a graduate student or has received a PhD or MD within the past five years. A copy of the Pat Simons acknowledgment form is available on the TOS website here.

Submission Deadlines
Candidates must submit abstracts via the submission site by the regular abstract deadline of June 15, 2013. All additional materials are due to TOS’ national office by June 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET. Materials may be submitted via email to annualmeeting@obesity.org or via faxed to 240-485-1977.

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Job Listings Exclusively for the Obesity Community
TOS
Attention employers, recruiters and job seekers! TOS offers an opportunity to connect you with others exclusively in the obesity community through our online Job Center. Jobseekers can post an anonymous resume, search for jobs and create a personalized job alert. Recruiters can post jobs and search for the best candidate all with the click of a button. Check out the TOS Job Center here.
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Clinical Management Section Announces Two ObesityWeek℠ Events
TOS
The Clinical Management section, chaired by Dr. Pankaj Vij, FACP, announces two evening receptions at ObesityWeek℠:

Clinical Management Reception, Nov. 14, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. — This reception is open to all TOS members and will feature an educational program by Dr. John Hernreid. During this reception, the 191 physicians who have passed the ABOM examination since it was established will be honored in a lapel pin ceremony. Dr. Robert Kushner, Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity and past president of TOS, will present the pins.

Clinical Management ABOM Reception, Nov. 15, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. — This reception for all ABOM Diplomates will feature a presentation on new and novel therapies by Dr. John Cleek.

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Early-Career Investigator Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek℠
TOS
TOS' Early-Career Investigator Committee invites all early-career investigators, including students, trainees, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty members, and new investigators to our Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek℠. The breakfast will provide early-career investigators an opportunity to dine with senior investigators and discuss topics such as: identifying funding opportunities, balancing responsibilities, developing networking strategies, and selecting a next career step. Breakfast is provided free of charge by the Early-Career Investigator Committee.

The Roundtable Breakfast will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Make sure to reserve a space when you register for ObesityWeek℠.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


New 'Treat Obesity Seriously' effort encourages treatment of obesity as a serious health condition
The Wall Street Journal
With two out of three adults in the United States considered obese or overweight obesity scientists and clinicians are asking that obesity be treated as a serious health condition, such as heart disease and cancer, to bring us closer to combatting the epidemic. The Obesity Society, the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity, is launching the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign to encourage a shift in the way Americans look at the disease. The effort is aimed at educating policymakers on the need to recognize obesity as a serious condition and providing clinicians the tools to diagnose and treat obesity.
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Arena's weight loss drug Belviq gets DEA nod
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Belviq, Arena Pharmaceuticals' weight-loss drug, has received the last regulatory approval necessary to begin sales. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, and will be Arena's first product on the market. Arena said Tuesday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has classified Belviq as a Schedule 4 controlled substance, indicating a relatively low risk of abuse.
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4 technologies that can help track weight loss
Motley Fool
Biotech company VIVUS has struggled to pick up sales of its obesity medication Qsymia since the drug was launched in September 2012. In an effort to encourage both physician and patient adoption, VIVUS has not only established two free trial programs, but has also launched the "Q and Me" mobile app, whose aim is to help patients comply with their prescribed weight loss treatment, track food intake, and set exercise goals.
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Study: Weight gain tied to personality changes
The Huffington Post
Your weight may be linked with your personality, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers from the Florida State University College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health found that people who have experienced weight gain were more likely to be both impulsive and deliberate in their actions.
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Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases risk of lacerations during childbirth
ScienceDaily
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of lacerations during vaginal childbirth, according to a study conducted by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center. Among more than 1,000 women who participated in the study, 126 experienced a significant increase in their body mass index, both +1 and +2 category changes, according to the criteria established by the World Health Organization. Of those women, 85.5 percent experienced lacerations compared to 69 percent with no change in BMI category.
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Can hidden food or dairy allergies cause weight gain?
EverydayHealth.com via Loveland Reporter-Herald
It sounds like a gag question, but stop and think about it. Do you feel bloated and way-too-full after you eat a scoop of ice cream? Are you gaining weight even though you are sticking to a low-calorie, low-fat diet? If so, hidden food or dairy allergies may be responsible. They can cause weight gain, the perception of weight gain — namely gas and bloating that can make it hard to zip up your jeans, and other belly woes.
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2 sides of the same coin
Good Times
In 1968, with 10 million Americans suffering from hunger, CBS News aired Hunger in America, a documentary that exposed the severity of the problem and led to national mobilization. School food programs and food stamps resulted, and hunger took a significant plunge by the late 1970s. But that positive trend didn't last. Today, nearly 50 million Americans, including a fourth of all children, don't know where their next meal is coming from.
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Americans continue to voice strong support for SNAP and strong opposition to cuts
Food Research and Action Center
As the House and Senate Agriculture Committees prepare to take up the Farm Bill, new polling data released by the Food Research and Action Center show that support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains high. Seven in 10 voters say that cutting food stamp funding is the wrong way to reduce government spending.
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