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Letter from the Executive Director
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce the esteemed recipients of The Obesity Society's 2013 Named Awards. We created this program more than a decade ago to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity, with the end goal of helping to improve the lives of those affected. Each award recognizes the honoree for their scientific achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


ObesityWeek℠ promotion hits Times Square in New York City
TOS
As part of our work to promote the world’s largest event on obesity treatment and prevention, TOS issued a multimedia news release complete with photos, links and a video about the event. The video was posted to CNN's iReport, among other outlets and video hosting sites. In addition, images promoting the event were seen in Times Square. Check out the photos here, all taken from locations in Times Square as the ObesityWeek℠ image scrolled across the jumbotron periodically throughout the week of June 24.
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Featured TOS Fellow: Catherine Champagne, PhD
TOS
As part of TOS's commitment to advancing the careers of our Fellows, we're pleased to dedicate this section of the newsletter to their recent accomplishments, careers moves and other updates. This month's Featured Fellow is Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, Professor and Chief of Nutritional Epidemiology/Dietary Assessment & Nutrition Counseling at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System. Dr. Champagne was recently recognized for her work with the 2013 Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read below for a brief Q&A with her.

Why did you join TOS?
I’ve worked at the Pennington Center for almost 24 years and obesity is a major focus of the research conducted at the Center. TOS is the number one organization bringing together teams of professionals that are working to address the obesity epidemic.

What do you love most about your work?
My area of research is dietary assessment and nutrition counseling to address major challenges in people affected by overweight and obesity. Seeing these individuals respond to lifestyle changes is rewarding and it helps lower the risk for chronic disease. Now if only we could help them to maintain the weight lost — that is the challenge!

What do you see for the future of obesity science?
The obesity epidemic is not conquered yet. I still see poor dietary choices, sedentary lifestyles, and other factors that need to be addressed. This means that the professionals who comprise the TOS membership have a lot of work ahead across many disciplines.

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Fellow updates
TOS
  • Andrew S. Greenberg, MD, FTOS has been appointed as Associate Director, NIDDK funded Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Co-director of Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism Core.
  • Jennifer Linde, PhD, FTOS is serving as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee for the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity as of May 2013.

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Capitol Update: TOS creates traction on the Hill with new legislation and AMA support
TOS
June was a busy month in Washington for TOS, with the introduction of the Treat & Reduce Obesity Act, a new AMA policy calling obesity a disease, and a new proposed coverage decision by CMS. TOS continues to seek support for the Act, introduced by U.S. Senators, Tom Carper, D-Del., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., and U.S. Representatives, Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Ron Kind, D-Wis. The bill will provide Medicare recipients and 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. Read more about the legislation and other advocacy activities in this month's Capitol Update here.
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TOS featured in US News & World Report 'Debate Club'
TOS
Advocacy Chair, Ted Kyle, offers support for calling obesity a disease as part of the U.S. News & World Report "Debate Club," which refers to itself as a meeting of the sharpest minds on the day's most important topics. Mr. Kyle wrote, "Calling obesity what it is, 'a disease,' can help direct more resources to needed research, prevention and treatment. It can help to encourage healthcare professionals to recognize obesity treatment as a needed and respected vocation, and, overall, it can help to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by the millions affected."

The editorial also directs clinicians and policymakers to visit TreatObesitySeriously.org for more information and resources. Read the editorial here and all responses on the topic here.

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The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) to host reception during ObesityWeek℠
TOS
ABOM will host a reception on Friday, Nov. 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. For more information visit www.ObesityWeek.com.
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2013 TOS review course for the ABOM Exam, Nov. 11-12, 2013 in 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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Call for abstracts: Behavior Matters — The Impact and Reach of Behavioral Medicine (April 23-26, 2014)
TOS
The Society of Behavioral Medicine has issued a Call for Abstracts for its 35th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, themed Behavior Matters: The Impact and Reach of Behavioral Medicine. Submit your abstracts focusing on obesity, cancer, cardiovascular health, behavioral economics, health policy, dissemination and implementation, and mentoring/career development to showcase the significant impact behavioral medicine has on health and healthcare across diverse settings, populations, and cultures. Deadline for submission is September 12th. The meeting will take place in the historic city of Philadelphia, April 23-26, 2014.
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NIH Conference: Evaluating Bioactive Food Components (BFCs) in Obesity and Cancer Prevention
TOS
The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is pleased to announce its NIH-funded conference on "Evaluating Bioactive Food Components (BFCs) in Obesity and Cancer Prevention" in Ft. Walton, Fla. starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 and concluding at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Topics covered will include, translating BFCs in basic sciences to clinical, and BFCs in the real world.

Register by Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at http://www.norc.uab.edu/courses/conferences/conference2013 or norc@uab.edu. Women, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Limited travel stipends and a Poster Session available!

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Mexico surpasses US as world's most obese nation
Fox News
The United States no longer holds the title of the world's most populous, obese nation; that designation has been passed on to Mexico. According to a new report from the United Nations, nearly 70 percent of Mexican adults are overweight, and childhood obesity in the country has tripled within the past decade, Medical Daily reported. One-third of Mexican teenagers are also obese, and experts believe that four out of every five obese children will remain overweight for the rest of their lives.
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North America Weight Loss/Obesity Management Market worth $139.5 billion by 2017
PRNewswire via KCTV-TV
The North America Weight Loss/Obesity Management Market was worth $104 billion in the year 2012 and is expected to reach $139.5 billion by 2017. U.S. is the largest market, followed by Canada. The market will grow at a healthy pace in the next five years due to the increasing number of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and cardiac problems, increasing personal disposable income, government initiatives to increase awareness of health and fitness, and technological advancements.
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Negative public health campaigns may undermine weight loss goals
Medical Xpress
Public health campaigns that stigmatize obese people by using negative images or text do not motivate them to lose weight any more than more neutral campaigns, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, negative campaigns may backfire by undermining a person's belief that he or she is capable of losing weight.
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'Biggest Loser' contestant sued after allegedly gaining 'far too much weight'
MSN
"Biggest Loser" alum Tara Costa could have a weighty legal situation on her hands. Costa, who appeared on NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Couples 2" — and lost 155 pounds in the process — is being sued by a fitness company which claims that Costa violated a business agreement with them. Among the gripes in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Florida: That Costa "had gained far too much weight" to make personal appearances on behalf of the company.
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6 weight loss myths debunked
ABC News
For all the time and effort Americans put into dieting, we have a lot of misconceptions about weight loss. Read on to find out which six beliefs about shedding pounds it's time to lose.
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Rival obesity drugs seek out patients, and acceptance
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Between 1999 and 2012, the Food and Drug Administration gave its blessing to exactly zero new weight-loss drugs. Then, starting in June of 2012, the agency approved two such medications, in a span of 20 days. The FDA didn't become a giddy cheerleader overnight. In fact, both drugs — Belviq, by Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Qsymia, by Vivus Inc. — underwent a torturous path to approval because of concerns about their safety or effectiveness.
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Checking up on Games for Health 2013
Wired
Over the years, a number of alternate reality games and transmedia experiences have used their storytelling platform as a medium for serious gaming. In Conspiracy for Good, many of the game's live events were used as a lure to get players actively volunteering for non-profit organizations. In games like Indiana University's Skeleton Chase and the American Heart Association's Cryptozoo, the underlying purpose of the game was to get players more physically active.
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CMS questions value for bariatric centers of excellence
ConscienHealth
In a proposed decision memo, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services concludes that certification requirements for bariatric centers of excellence "do not improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries." And thus, CMS is proposing to remove the requirement for bariatric centers of excellence to receive reimbursement for Medicare patients.
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