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Letter from the President
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

As The Obesity Society President, I am elated by the decision of the AMA to designate obesity as a disease. The wave of news and conversation that this decision has prompted is truly remarkable. Indeed, it is impossible for the average American to have missed out on this conversation, as it has been widespread and continues to reverberate on TV, radio, online, and in social media.

Despite some commentators taking contrary perspectives, the overall impression I get from what I've witnessed is that there is broad support for the AMA's position on obesity. The most notable impacts of this decision are likely to be seen in the empowerment of primary care physicians to begin the conversation about obesity with their patients and, relatedly, of insurers to broaden coverage of obesity treatments.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Is Obesity a Disease? TOS Weighs in on the Debate
TOS
With passage of a new American Medical Association policy classifying obesity as a disease, TOS spoke out to applaud the AMA for the action and reinforce its long-held support for this vital recognition. The new policy "can help to ensure more resources are dedicated to needed research, prevention and treatment; encourage healthcare professionals to recognize obesity treatment as a needed and respected vocation; and, reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by the millions affected," said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Chair of TOS's Advocacy Committee. Many among the TOS leadership joined Mr. Kyle in offering support for the new policy in the media. Read the full statement on the topic here, find the 2008 TOS policy here, and a TOS white paper here.
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Treat and Reduce Obesity Act Provides Medicare Recipients with Improved Access to Obesity Screening, Counseling & Medication
TOS
TOS joined several other leading obesity organizations to offer support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, introduced June 19 by U.S. Senators, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and U.S. Representatives, Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ron Kind (D-WI). "This legislation will provide Medicare recipients and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling services, and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management," said Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Vice-Chairman of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Board of Directors and Chair of TOS' Advocacy Committee. Read more about the Act in the full statement here.
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Free CME Event in Chicago, June 29: Obesity Forum 2013
TOS
Vindico hosts its second interactive CME activity featuring 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 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 the upcoming event in Chicago (June 29). Events will also be hosted this fall in Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

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TOS Response to NEJM Study: Weight Loss Helps Improve Quality of Life for People with Type 2 Diabetes
TOS
"Even modest weight loss can lead to improvements in diabetes and other markers of health," said Steven Heymsfield, MD, TOS Development Committee Member and Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in a statement issued earlier this week. The TOS statement was in response to a New England Journal of Medicine article, "Cardiovascular Effects of Intensive Lifestyle Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes," where study participants who lost 5-10 percent of starting weight and increased their fitness showed: 1) reduced need for medication; 2) improved mobility; 3) reduced severity of sleep apnea; and, 4) improved sexual functioning. Read the full statement here.
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TOS Members Enjoy 20% Off Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity
TOS
Co-authored by TOS Past-President, Bob Kushner, MD, this is a guide to obesity and its clinical management providing clear, didactic, clinically focused information for all healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and management of patients with obesity. It's intended for registrars and residents in endocrinology and metabolic disease, as well as all other health professionals who regularly manage obese patients, such as specialist obesity and diabetes nurses, dietitians, and general practitioners with an interest in obesity management. Visit the TOS website here to find out more and secure the discount code to purchase the book for 20% off.
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Congratulations to the New TOS Fellows!
TOS
  • Gerald Denis, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Holly Hull, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
  • Paul Arciero, PhD, Skidmore College
Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS and sets you apart by acknowledging your high level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. Find out more information about becoming a Fellow 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
Letters of intent are due by July 8, and successful applicants will be announced by August 16. 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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The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) to Host Reception During ObesityWeek℠
TOS
ABOM is pleased to host a reception on Friday, November 15, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This reception will include a lapel pin ceremony to recognize ABOM diplomates. The guest speaker is Dr. John Cleek, Vice Chair of ABOM and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Please note the date change from an earlier announcement. For more information visit www.ObesityWeek.com.
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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 eating 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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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) ObesityWeek℠ 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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Complimentary, Live Online CME Presented by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
TOS
Johns Hopkins presents a free online CME session entitled, Lipid & Arial Fibrillation Virtual Education Summit, Thursday, June 27th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. This is a chance to engage live with Dr. Roger Blumenthal, Dr. Christopher P. Cannon & Dr. Clyde Yancy. Register here — there is no cost to participate.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


CNBC Nightly Business Report: Obesity a disease?
CNBC via YouTube
On CNBC Nightly Business Report, the American Medical Association classifies obesity as a disease — and it could have implications for doctors, patients, insurers and health care costs.
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US doctors' group labels obesity a disease
HealthDay News via
In an effort to focus greater attention on the weight-gain epidemic plaguing the United States, the American Medical Association has now classified obesity as a disease. The decision will hopefully pave the way for more attention by doctors on obesity and its dangerous complications, and may even increase insurance coverage for treatments, experts said.
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Lawmakers float bill for Medicare to cover obesity treatment
Reuters via Yahoo News
A day after the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that would require Medicare to cover more obesity treatment costs. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, spearheaded in the Senate by Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, and Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, would aim to curb costs for obese patients by requiring Medicare to cover treatments such as prescription drugs for weight management, and make it easier to receive weight-loss counseling.
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Target obesity with healthcare reform
USA Today
The Medicare Board of Trustees just released its latest report on the program's finances and the results are terrifying. Despite a decline in health care costs, the Medicare Trust Fund will be bankrupt in 2026. For the program to survive for future generations, innovation will be essential. The old medical paradigm of diagnosing and treating diseases must give way to a more holistic approach aimed at eliminating risk factors that lead to disease. The best place to start is by addressing the growing problem of adult obesity.
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Clinicians and surgeons come together to host the world's largest event on obesity
Leading Scientists
To promote the science behind obesity prevention and treatment, The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery are combining resources to host the world's pre-eminent meeting on obesity, ObesityWeek℠ Nov. 11-16, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For the first time, both organizations will co-locate their respective annual meetings under one roof for the most comprehensive agenda in obesity research, treatment and prevention.
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The big fat truth
Nature
More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them.
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Shades of grey
Nature
Who knows how many New Year's resolutions to diet were strangled at birth by Katherine Flegal? A group led by Flegal, an epidemiologist at the US National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., published a paper that suggested that a bit of extra weight may be no bad thing. In fact, the study — and the media coverage it generated — indicated that people deemed "overweight" live longer than those who could fit into a pair of jeans a size or two smaller.
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Top science journal rebukes Harvard's top nutritionist
Forbes
In an extraordinary editorial and feature article, Nature, one of the world's pre-eminent scientific journals, has effectively admonished the chair of the Harvard School of Public Health's nutrition department, Walter Willett, for promoting over-simplification of scientific results in the name of public health and engaging in unseemly behavior towards those who venture conclusions that differ to his.
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Beliefs about cause of obesity may impact weight, eating behavior
ScienceDaily
Whether a person believes obesity is caused by overeating or by a lack of exercise predicts his or her actual body mass, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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