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Letter from the Obesity journal
TOS
Dear colleagues,

This week, The Obesity Society (TOS) took the next step to advance the treatment of obesity by publishing as a supplement to its July issue of the Obesity journal the Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Full Report. This full report provides the healthcare community with all of the background that went into the abbreviated, summarized version initially released. As you probably remember, in November 2013, TOS joined the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to release the long-awaited obesity treatment guidelines, which were a condensed executive summary of this larger, comprehensive expert panel report.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


New funding opportunity from NIH
TOS
Two divisions of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — have come together to offer a new grant opportunity for obesity researchers.

Qualifying research will address the long-term (five-year minimum) clinical outcomes of bariatric surgery using large datasets within healthcare delivery organizations. Clinical outcomes of interest to NIDDK include obesity, body composition and obesity-related complications within the NIDDK mission such as diabetes, metabolic liver disease, kidney and urological diseases. NIDA is interested in supporting those applications that examine the trajectories of substance use and associated high-risk behaviors among patients who have received bariatric surgery.

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the number of applications submitted. Application budgets are limited to less than $500,000 in direct costs per year, including any subcontract direct costs. The budget must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project, with a maximum project period of five years.

Submissions open Sept. 3, and a letter of intent will also be required. Find additional details here.

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OCC leaders meet with HHS Office of Civil Rights
TOS
On June 11, Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) leaders Ted Kyle, RPh, Dr. Walt Medlin, and Joe Nadglowski met with Deputy Director Robinsue Frohboese and other key staff in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to discuss potential civil rights violations that may be occurring within state health marketplace plans. At issue is how Section 1557, the civil rights section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could protect those affected by obesity.

Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability under "any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance … or under any program or activity that is administered by an Executive agency or any entity established under [Title I of ACA]…." Section 1557 is consistent with and promotes several of the Obama administration's key initiatives that advance prevention and wellness, reduce health disparities and improve access to healthcare services. To ensure equal access to healthcare, Section 1557 also applies civil rights protections to the newly created Health Insurance Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act.

OCC leaders educated OCR staff about the many coverage issues that the Obesity Care Continuum believe are discriminatory such as prohibitive patient cost sharing and one procedure per lifetime limits on bariatric surgery. OCR staff was very appreciative with OCC bringing these issues to their attention. However, given that OCR is currently crafting additional regulatory guidance surrounding Section 1557, they were precluded from discussing any possible patient protections that may be included in the new guidance, which is expected to be released later this year. Find ongoing policy updates from TOS and the OCC here.

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Deadline approaching for TOS and Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant
TOS
Weight Watchers is partnering with TOS to award one young investigator a research grant of $40,000 for a one-year period. The grant focuses on the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss intervention that includes digital tools.

The application deadline is approaching! Applications must be submitted to TOS by 11:59 a.m. ET on Monday, June 30. Domestic and international members of TOS at all career levels are eligible for the grant. Please note, Primary Investigators and mentors must be current TOS members. Find out more here.

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Do 'obesogenic' behaviors and stigma in children's movies promote unhealthy behaviors?
TOS
Contributed by Issy Esangbedo, MD, FAAP
Research has shown that children who watch more television have an increased risk of being overweight. This correlation may extend to other forms of screen time, but most studies have attributed the relationship between screen time and obesity to the sedentary lifestyle.

However, new research shows that the mechanism linking media exposure and obesity may go beyond the physical aspects of screen time. In a mixed-methods study by Throop and colleagues published in the July issue of Obesity, the prevalence of obesity-related behaviors and attitudes were examined in children's movies by assessing the top grossing G- and PG-rated movies from 2006 to 2010 (four per year).

Movies were assessed in 10-minute segments for the prevalence of key nutrition and physical activity behaviors based on the American Academy of Pediatrics obesity prevention recommendations for families and the prevalence of weight stigma. The segments with food depicted exaggerated portion sizes, unhealthy snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages. The movies also had a prevalence of screen time and weight-based stigma content. Overall, unhealthy segments outnumbered the healthy segments by 2:1. The authors concluded that these popular children's movies send a mixed message by promoting unhealthy behaviors while stigmatizing possible outcomes of such behaviors.

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Spotlight on TOS research: Obesity and mortality — are the risks declining?
TOS
New research from TOS member Tapan Mehta, Ph.D., analyzed whether the risks of obesity and mortality are declining. To determine this, Dr. Mehta and colleagues analyzed data from 17 U.S. prospective studies that spanned different calendar times and mortality follow-up periods.

The researchers found that Grade 1 obesity's (BMI 30 to <35) association with shortened lifespan has decreased over time for older white men, but not for younger, middle-aged men. When analyzing white women, researchers found a decrease in the association of shortened lifespan for both Grade 1 obesity and Grade 2-3 obesity (BMI ≥35) across all ages. This suggests that the risks of obesity and mortality are declining for older white men, and white women of all ages.

The full paper, which was published in World Obesity's journal Obesity Reviews, can be found here. If you are a TOS member and are interested in having your timely research featured in TOS eNews, please email communications@obesity.org.

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Attention all students, postdocs, junior faculty and other early-career investigators!
TOS
This year's ObesityWeek℠ annual meeting, held Nov. 2-7 in Boston, is chock full of opportunities for early-career investigators. Get a sneak peak of the early-career activities below, and start planning your ObesityWeek itinerary today:
  • Careers in Academia Workshop (11/3, 2:30 - 5 p.m.): This free pre-conference workshop provides early-career investigators in academia, or considering an academic path, the opportunity to meet, learn from and mingle with TOS Fellows and other early-career investigators.

  • Early-Career Investigator Roundtable Mentoring Workshop (11/5, 7 - 8:30 a.m.): Enjoy breakfast and in-depth discussions with TOS Fellows.

  • Careers in Industry Panel Discussion (11/6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.): Ever wonder whether a career in industry is right for you? All are invited to this discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build their careers.

  • Early-Career Happy Hour (11/6, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.): Wrap up ObesityWeek with drinks, food and socializing, on us!
Registration for ObesityWeek and these early-career activities will be available when ObesityWeek registration opens in July. Keep an eye out for updates in future editions of the TOS eNews.

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
TOS
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth Section is sharing the latest research in its eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
    Collins SA, Yoon S, Rockoff ML, Nocenti D, Bakken S. Digital divide and information needs for improving family support among the poor and underserved. Health Informatics Journal. 2014 Jun; Epub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24935213

    Mohr DC, Schueller SM, Montaque E, Burns MN, Rashidi P. The behavioral intervention technology model: an integrated conceptual and technological framework for eHealth and mHealth interventions. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2014 June; 16(6):e146. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24905070

    Zheng YL, Ding XR, Poon CC, Lo BP, Zhang H, Zhou XL, Yang GZ, Zhao N, Zhang YT. Unobtrusive sensing and wearable devices for health informatics. IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering. 2014 May; 61(5):1538-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24759283
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Anne Gilmore (anne.gilmore@pbrc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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TOS Council nominations and Committee applications close Friday
TOS
Do you want to do more with your TOS membership? TOS has several open positions on its Council and Committees, but time is running out to get involved! The deadline for Council nominations and Committee applications is this Friday, June 27.
  • Nominate someone for Council or the Nominating Committee: TOS has several open positions for its Council and Nominating Committee. Nominees must be Fellows or regular members of TOS in good standing. North American and international residents are eligible for office. Find out more about the nomination process here.

  • Apply to join all other Committees: TOS has several other Committees to assist the Council in planning and administering the programs and activities of the Society. Appointments to the Committees, except the Nominating Committee, are made by the president-elect prior to the annual meeting in November 2014. TOS members are now invited to consider and volunteer for committee service. Find out how to apply here.

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ABOM early application deadline July 21
TOS
Are you taking the ABOM exam this fall? CME credit hours from TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek (Nov. 2 – 7) will be valid for the 2014 ABOM examination application with meeting registration documentation submitted with all other application requirements. Applications must be submitted via the online application portal here. The early application deadline is approaching: July 21.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


FDA panel backs appetite-curbing implant for severely obese
HealthDay News
A new implant designed to curb the appetite by electrically stimulating stomach nerves may have moved closer to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval recently. The device is aimed at severely obese adults who have failed to slim down using traditional methods, but don't want, or can't have, weight-loss surgery, the device's manufacturer, EnteroMedics Inc., said in its application for FDA approval.
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Confessions of a yo-yo dieter
Better For You
If saying "I do" to my husband was the best moment of my life thus far, sharing a big ole greasy cheeseburger with him immediately after reciting said vow was a close second, Veronica Graham writes. I lost more than 20 pounds for my wedding, driven primarily by fear of wearing a white dress in front of everyone I know and a professional photographer. I trained like an athlete, working out for at least an hour every day and banishing anything remotely junky from my kitchen. I trained for a 10K in the process, something I'd never done before.
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Senator scolds Dr. Oz over weight loss products
NBC News
Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, appears on Capitol Hill to talk about weight-loss products that he endorses to his audience.
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'Walkable' neighborhoods reduced obesity, overweight, diabetes
Healio
People who live in neighborhoods where walking is convenient reported lower rates of diabetes, obesity and overweight, according to study data presented at the American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions. Those who relied on a car to navigate their neighborhood were more likely to report Type 2 diabetes and a high BMI, the presenter said.
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1 in 10 moms-to-be develop pregnancy-linked diabetes: CDC
HealthDay News via MedLine Plus
As many as one in 10 pregnant women in the United States develop the pregnancy complication called gestational diabetes, a new government study estimates. Gestational diabetes develops in women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar during pregnancy. The increased prevalence of gestational diabetes has closely paralleled the rise in obesity, according to background information in the study.
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ADA: Obesity gene tied to high food intake in kids
MedPage Today
A certain genetic variant that predisposes patients to obesity was associated with higher total energy intake in children and adolescents, researchers reported. In a meta-analysis of several studies, an FTO gene variant was significantly associated with both a higher body mass index as well as with total energy intake in children, Qibin Qi, Ph.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said recently.
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Survey: Nurses harsh on overweight patients
MedPage Today
Nurse practitioners responding to a survey indicated a critical attitude when dealing with overweight and obese patients, researchers reported. Peggy Ward-Smith, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, said more than 50 percent of the clinicians surveyed agreed with negative statements about overweight patients.
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