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Letter from the Executive Director
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

The foundation of The Obesity Society was built on a commitment to encouraging research into the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. As part of this commitment, we're regularly working to secure and promote new grants through the Society's Grants Program.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Abstract Submission Site Closing June 15: Submit Your Research to ObesityWeek℠ 2013
TOS
Don't forget to submit your abstracts for presentation during ObesityWeek℠ 2013! The Obesity Society is accepting abstract submissions through June 15, 2013.

Submit your abstracts to the following tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health
  • Policy
Our team of experts will review and accept abstracts to be presented as either oral presentations or posters. Find out more information about how and where to submit your abstracts here.

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New Grant Opportunity! Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant
TOS
TOS is seeking grant proposals for studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient intake (carbs vs. proteins vs. fats) on overweight and obesity in children. The grant is a one-time, $40,000 grant for a period of up to two years. Research proposals should focus on the following:
  • Macronutrient make-up of diets of obese vs. normal weight children
  • Impact of high protein vs. high carb diet on body weight and composition in children
  • Optimal protein intake in children
Find additional details on the grant and application requirements here. This grant opportunity is part of TOS' Grants Program, which demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity. Find out more about the program here.

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Capitol Update: Final Regulations Issued for Employer Wellness Incentive Plans
TOS
In late May, the Obama Administration released final regulations governing nondiscriminatory wellness programs in employer group health coverage — designed to "reward" employees for meeting specific goals related to health indicators such as cholesterol, smoking cessation and weight (BMI).

Earlier this year, TOS joined a coalition of patient and healthcare provider groups, to submit a joint comment letter regarding proposed regulations on employer wellness programs. The coalition urged the government to put in place clear legal protections against wellness plans penalizing employees in order to ensure that individuals affected by excess weight or obesity are not stigmatized or discriminated against because of their weight. Thankfully, the Administration made critical clarifications to the proposed regulations — resulting in stronger patient protections and possibly even avenues for future coverage of obesity treatment services such as obesity drugs and bariatric surgery.

Morgan Downey, long-time patient advocate for those affected by obesity, drafted an analysis of the final regulations on his website — The Downey Report. Morgan's analysis provides a more in-depth analysis of the final regulations.

Read more about this and the many other efforts TOS is working on in Washington in the June Capitol Update here.

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Belviq Available in Pharmacies
TOS
On June 11, Belviq became available in pharmacies for eligible patients in the United States by prescription. The weight-loss medication was approved on June 27, 2012 to be used alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults affected by obesity, or considered overweight with at least one weight-related medical condition.

TOS President, Harvey Grill, PhD, told USA Today that Belviq and the other new prescription drugs on the horizon, are "new 'tools in the toolbox' for doctors who are treating patients affected by obesity." Read the full news story here.

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Gary Foster Named to USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
TOS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Gary Foster, former TOS president (2007-2008), as one of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee's recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans — the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards, and education. Read more about the appointments here.
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Obesity CME Event Draws Nearly 500 Clinicians
TOS
On June 1, 2013, Vindico Medical Education and TOS sponsored a symposium entitled: Obesity Forum 2013. This symposium was supported by educational grants from Vivus, Takeda and Orexigen and co-chaired by Robert Kushner MD, FACP, and Louis J. Aronne MD, FACP, with a faculty of Donna Ryan, MD, Christopher Still, DO, Caroline Apovian, MD, and Timothy Garvey, MD. The didactic, interactive, case-based and audience-driven program featured a review of the pathophysiology of obesity — its comorbidities, as well as the new and emerging therapies.

Additional Obesity Forum CME events will be taking place around the country throughout the remainder of 2013. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from leading obesity experts. Find out more and register here.

The Forum ties closely into the Treat Obesity Seriously initiative, a campaign by TOS encouraging the treatment of obesity as a serious health condition, like heart disease and cancer. Through the campaign TOS is providing free resources for clinicians to diagnose obesity and direct patients to the many solutions available to successfully manage weight, including the BMI prescription pad, "Obesity is a serious disease" office poster, and BMI wheel calculator. Find out more about the campaign and sign up to get the materials by mail here.

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Obesity and Pregnancy a 'Fantastic Learning Experience'
TOS
As part of our work to strengthen global efforts to understand and treat obesity, TOS combined efforts with the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) to host the Obesity & Pregnancy Hot Topic Conference, May 15-17. This was the first meeting born from our collaborative efforts with IASO and it was quite a success. The meeting expounded on the problem of maternal obesity and explored interventions available to pregnant women affected by obesity. Attendees called the program the "best organized program ever attended!" and a "fantastic learning experience." Click here to view speaker slides and view the final program here.
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PCORI: Call for Patient & Stakeholder Reviewers
TOS
The Patient Centers Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is renewing its call for Patient and Stakeholder Reviewers. PCORI recruits and trains patients and other stakeholders to review applications for PCORI funding. They have a particular need for Nurses, Health Care Administrators, Therapists (of all stripes), Public Health Professionals, and Primary Care Physicians. You can find more details here. Applications for reviewers will be accepted throughout the year, but the deadline to apply to take part in the next review is July 1.

The institute also released a Request for Proposals related to the establishment of the coordinating center that will play a crucial role in the data infrastructure initiative. Find out more details about the RFP here. The deadline for submission is July 31.

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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 ObesityWeek℠ 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.
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ObesityWeek℠ Features Pre-Con Session for Parents: 'Establishing Healthy Habits at Home'
TOS
This 120-minute preconference session will offer parents tools and techniques to help them identify and implement strategies to establish healthy habits in the home. Developed and presented by leading experts, including Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Steven Heymsfield, MD and Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, parents can learn how everyday actions can have an impact on health. Click here to find out more and to register.
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Preconference Sessions at ObesityWeek℠ 2013: Mobile Health and Mechanisms in Weight Loss Therapies
TOS
Save the Date — Nov. 12, 2013 at ObesityWeek℠ 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 11-16. Don't miss these exciting pre-conference sessions:
    Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity
    This full-day workshop 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.

    Mechanisms in Weight Loss Therapies
    This workshop, presented by key opinion leaders in obesity medicine, will help attendees better understand the mechanisms by which weight loss therapies may improve the health of patients.

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News from the IOM: Educating the Student Body
TOS
A recent IOM report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, makes recommendations to increase the amount of time children engage in physical activity in the school environment and explores the science base on the relationship between physical activity, health outcomes, cognitive development, and academic achievement. The report was developed in response to a recommendation of the IOM's Standing Committee on Obesity Prevention, which concluded its work this month with a final workshop on health equity and obesity. Access the full report here, view a brief summary of the report here, and see the recommendations, or watch a short video infographic on the report here.
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Final 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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IASO Accepting Nominations for 2014 Scientific Excellence Award
TOS
IASO invites nominations for its Awards for Scientific Excellence 2014, to be presented during the 12th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 - 20 March 2014. Please view the details and nomination information about the award here.

IASO travel bursary awards are also available to assist scientists and clinicians to attend ICO who would otherwise be precluded from participation for financial reasons. Find details on how to apply here.

To get regularly news and updates from IASO sign up for the newsletter here, and follow IASO on Twitter here.

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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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Clinical Management of Obesity (CMO) Section Events
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 host several programs during ObesityWeek℠ 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 is part of ObesityWeek℠ registration online at www.obesityweek.com. We hope you'll join us for these exciting events!

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


4 Steps to Combating Weight Bias Among Physicians
Becker's Hospital Review
According to a recent study in Obesity, patients with obesity are 52 percent more likely to "doctor shop," or switch both primary care and specialty physicians frequently, because of perceived physician bias and overall negative interactions with healthcare providers. These negative interactions come with a high price — not only does switching physicians compromise care through a lack of continuity, but these patients are more likely to end up in the emergency department and incur higher healthcare costs.
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2 New Diet Drugs Can Boost Weight Loss By 5 Percent to 10 Percent
USA Today
With the arrival of a diet drug to pharmacies today, there are now two new prescription medications to treat obesity — the first new ones available to heavy patients in more than a decade. The drugs offer to boost weight loss a modest 5% to 10%, but become another "tool in the toolbox" for physicians trying to help America out of its obesity crisis.
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Bad Encounters May Prompt Obese Patients to Doctor-Shop
American Medical News
Negative health care experiences could lead obese patients to switch primary care doctors repeatedly in search of a practice where they feel accepted, said Baltimore internist Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH. Such encounters may include off-putting comments, unsolicited weight loss advice and offices with blood pressure cuffs, chairs and exam tables that are not large enough to accommodate obese patients, Gudzune said.
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Neighborhood features could prevent obesity
Bio-Medicine
Living in a neighborhood that supports a healthy lifestyle can make a measurable difference in preventing obesity, according to a longitudinal study recently published in the journal Obesity. The five-year study found that significantly fewer people became obese when living in neighborhoods with healthier food environments, compared to those who had fewer healthy food options within a mile of their homes.
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The Future of Getting Paid to Be Healthy
The Atlantic
When a 2014 portion of the Affordable Care Act comes into effect, employers will be able to use financial rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors. Last week the Obama administration released its final rules regarding these employer-based wellness programs. Still, critics are concerned that an annual premium adjustment isn't likely to change behavior, and will just end up penalizing those with poorer health.
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Study: Higher State Health Spending Positively Correlates to Higher Obesity Rates
MU News Bureau
Americans are gaining weight at an alarming rate, with obesity increasing from 12 percent of the nation's population in 1990 to 23 percent by 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite an increase in state public health funding to combat these growing rates around the country, obesity continues to rise. A new University of Missouri study has found that as states spend more money on health care, obesity rates actually increase. Charles Menifield, a professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, says his findings strongly suggest that governmental spending efforts in fighting obesity have not been successful.
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Sugar: Obesity Villain or Has-Been?
ConscienHealth
Don't look now, but consumer power may be accomplishing what activists like Bloomberg could not do by themselves — a real reduction in sugar consumption. Two recent analyses suggest that consumers are turning away from sugary foods for both adults and children. USA Today and the NPD Group report this week that consumption of almost every category of sweetened foods is down over the last 15 years for both children and adults, with the greatest decline seen in children. The only exceptions are sweetened yogurt and fruit snacks, which sneak under the radar of many consumers because of a healthy halo they wear.
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The Fat-Shaming of School 'FitnessGrams'
Salon
Here's a brilliant idea. Let's send out official letters to kids all across the country, telling them what's wrong with their bodies. That won't mess with their heads, right? What's that, you say? That sounds like a crap idea? Well, too late, folks. They're already in your offspring's hands. This year, children across the country received — often with little discussion or explanation — a cheerfully named FitnessGram telling them the results of a physical fitness assessment test, including a judgment of whether "You have a healthy weight," or you're "underweight," "overweight" or "obese." Surprise, middle-schoolers! Here's a little something else to make your life just that much more awesome.
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Google Spices Up Search With Nutritional Data
Mashable
Google announced during a presentation in New York City it will be bringing more nutritional information to search. Users can now type in — or use voice commands via the Google Search app on their mobile devices and the Chrome browser — to ask the search engine questions about calories, carbohydrates and other information.
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New York City Health Commissioner: Limiting Soda Size Is The Right Way To Protect The Health Of New Yorkers
Forbes
There's been a lot of discussion about the nation's epidemic of obesity, but not enough about a second epidemic riding its wake: diabetes. Like obesity, Type 2 diabetes is preventable. In New York City they are trying to fight this epidemic, and they hope the court system will allow them to do so.
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