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Free CME Meeting Series: Obesity Forum 2013
TOS
This upcoming forum is an interactive CME activity that will feature world-renowned specialists addressing the association between obesity and related comorbidities, overcoming barriers in managing overweight patients, as well as discussing the safety, efficacy, and appropriate use of newly approved medications to treat obesity. Key presentations will cover:
  • Is Obesity a Disease? The Hazards and Health Risks Associated With Being Overweight or Obese
  • Addressing the Association Between Obesity and Related Comorbidities
  • An Evaluation of Weight Loss Methods—Meal Replacements, Diet, Exercise, Commercial Weight Loss Programs, Pharmacotherapy, and Bariatric Surgery
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions for Obesity: Examining Current and Emerging Options
Registration is FREE and meals are included! Find out more here and sign up for upcoming events in New York (June 1, 2013) and Chicago (June 29). Events will also be hosted this fall in Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
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Treat Obesity Seriously Campaign Featured in American Medical News
TOS
TOS' new campaign, Treat Obesity Seriously, was featured in American Medical News, published by the American Medical Association. TOS launched the campaign earlier this month to encourage the treatment of obesity as a serious health condition, such as heart disease and cancer. Read the AM News article here and check out the campaign website here. Show your support by spreading the word!
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Why Did You Join The Obesity Society?
TOS
We asked and nearly 150 members answered! Here's what our members found the most valuable reason to join TOS:
    1. Enhance my credibility as a scientist/physician/other medical professional — 45 votes, 30.4%
    2. Funding opportunities through grants and awards — 38 votes, 25.7%
    3. A subscription to the official journal, Obesity — 30 votes, 20.3%
    4. Networking — 16 votes, 10.8%
    5. Discounts on registration for Annual Meeting/ObesityWeek℠ — 14 votes, 9.5%
    6. Discounts on page charges for Obesity — 5 votes, 3.4%

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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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Have You Visited Our Clinician Directory?
TOS
TOS' Clinician Directory is a fantastic tool for finding clinicians in specific fields and in specific geographic locations! The Directory includes Society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all areas of obesity and can assist patients in finding clinical care professionals. Access the TOS Clinician Directory here.

Clinicians make sure that you are included in this valuable resource. Sign up to become a member here, which will enable you to be listed in the Directory.

Current member clinicians can log onto the TOS Member Center here and add profile information to promote their practice.

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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 opened 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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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


The weight of a med student's subconscious bias
NPR
Quite a few medical school students have something against obese people, and most of those who have such a bias are unaware of it. That's the conclusion of study appearing in the July issue of Academic Medicine. It was conducted at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. The study's author says the subconscious judgments could affect how patients are treated.
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Countdown to ObesityWeek℠ 2013
Bariatric Times
Starting in 2013, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society will co-locate their respective annual meetings under one roof. ObesityWeek℠ 2013 marks the beginning of an annual collaborative event addressing obesity—a chronic and multifaceted metabolic disease. Leading up to ObesityWeek℠ 2013, Bariatric Times will feature interviews with members of the leadership team involved in organizing this historic event.
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Can you be fat but fit?
Yahoo Shine
Recent research suggests that being overweight or even obese may not, in and of itself, be the health threat we think it is. A 2012 study from the National Cancer Institute found that moderately obese people actually lived about 3.1 years longer than normal-weight women and men. Another study, published in the European Heart Journal, showed that when obese people are metabolically healthy, they are at no greater risk of dying from heart disease or cancer than those who are of normal weight.
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Childhood abuse linked with food addiction in adult women
Obesity
Women who experienced severe physical or sexual abuse during childhood are much more likely to have a food addiction as adults than women who did not experience such abuse, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity. The study's findings provide valuable new information regarding potential causes and treatments for food addiction and obesity.
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New 'Treat Obesity Seriously' campaign calls for action
Alere Wellbeing
The Obesity Society, the largest non-profit organization in North America representing researchers and clinicians who address obesity, has just announced a new campaign called "Treat Obesity Seriously." Organizations can heed this call to action on two fronts: by helping combat the stigma of obesity and by supporting employees with comprehensive weight loss programs.
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Diet drug trims hypertension too
MedPage Today
The weight loss achieved with extended-release phentermine/topiramate may also come with blood pressure reduction for hypertensive patients, subanalysis of trial results showed. Nearly half of the hypertensive, obese, or overweight participants in the CONQUER trial lost at least 10 percent of their body weight on a higher dose of the drug versus 1 percent on placebo at 56 weeks, George Bakris, M.D., of the University of Chicago, and colleagues found.
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Obamacare insurance won't cover weight-loss surgery in many states
Kaiser Health News in collaboration with NPR
Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed. That's especially the case in the Deep South where obesity rates are some of the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments, whether prescription drugs or bariatric surgery.
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Mom's obesity surgery may break cycle in kids
USA Today
Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery.
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25 belt-busting obesity facts
The Motley Fool
he Food and Drug Administration approved the weight-loss therapy Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals in June 2012. It took nearly one year for the company to gain marketing approval, but Belviq's launch is finally within sight. The drug will join Qsymia from VIVUS in breaking the newly accessible obesity market wide open.
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Study: Age amplifies damage from obesity
HealthDay News via MSN Healthy Living
After age 50, excess body fat hardens the arteries, potentially increasing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. The blood vessels of young people can adapt to the effects of obesity, but this ability is lost after middle age, British researchers found. As body fat accumulates, arteries become stiffer, they cautioned, suggesting years of being overweight could lead to irreversible damage.
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