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Letter from the President
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

It's mid-summer and many of us are vacationing, approaching it or wishing for it, which also means thoughts about our November 2013 annual meeting, ObesityWeek℠, are far from our minds. Not so for your Program Committee, TOS staff, Executive Committee, Council, Committees and Sections, as they have been working hard to make ObesityWeek℠ 2013 (Atlanta) an extraordinary event. The weeklong meeting promises world-class, cutting-edge obesity science. And, as a result of the expanded number of attendees from the two scientific meetings coming together (TOS & ASMBS) there will be greater opportunities to interact and network with obesity researchers, policy experts and industry leaders; more preconference educational opportunities and industry-sponsored events; and our largest exposition hall ever showcasing new and innovative products, services and technologies.

I want to remind those who haven't yet registered that the early (lower-rate) registration period that opened on April 15 will end in less than three weeks, on Aug. 11. The TOS Scientific Advance Program is complete (you can find it here) and we've received 927 abstract submissions by the June 15 TOS abstract submission deadline. These submissions are currently being organized into oral and poster sessions by the members of our Annual Program Committee and are part of the integrated program.
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ObesityWeek℠ offers more choices, but the same intimate learning environment
TOS
ObesityWeek℠ is a draw to even more researchers, clinicians, and integrated health professionals with expanded choices in sessions and events, and a wider range of expertise among speakers, according to Alison Field, ScD, TOS's Program Committee Chair tasked with leading the development of the unique program for the TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠. This week, she provided us with some new insight into the TOS programming and events at the inaugural conference, Nov. 11-16, in Atlanta.

"While ObesityWeek℠ is a new, larger concept, we've worked hard to ensure the conference continues to offer the same intimate learning and networking environment, while drilling down in more areas," said Ms. Field. "And because both organizations will be present, TOS members will certainly find new value in the ability to attend the ASMBS sessions, and vice versa."

This year's TOS program also adds a new track, Policy, which comes as a result of heightened interest in the area by TOS members and other meeting attendees. "You can't talk about obesity without talking about policy and exploring how we change behavior on a societal level," she continued.

According to Ms. Field, the research abstracts submitted to the TOS program are "high quality" and range from bariatric medicine to clinical trials to behavioral medicine. They are certain to offer excellent opportunities for attendees to talk with researchers about their results. This year, the Program Committee scheduled the poster sessions and presentations around other sessions so everyone can attend without conflict, and food will be provided so attendees can eat while they explore and network. Find out more about ObesityWeek℠ here, and don't forget to register before early-bird closes on Aug. 11!

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Take action! Urge Congress to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
TOS
On June 19, 2013, 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., introduced HR 2415/S 1184, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. 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. Find out more about the bill here.

We need your support! Visit the Obesity Action Coalition's (OAC) Legislative Action Center here to contact your legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor and support final passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.

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Prepare for the ABOM through online learning: 3 new eModules now available!
TOS
We're pleased to announce the release of three, new online learning modules designed to familiarize physicians with obesity medicine. The course topics include: Nutrition, Practice Management and Pediatric Assessment. These courses are part of TOS's efforts to help physicians prepare for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine. Seven more courses will be published in 2013. Access the new courses online here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Are you interested in attending an in-person ABOM prep course? The ABOM review course held during ObesityWeek℠ 2013 can help you 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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Childhood obesity as a risk factor for bone fracture: A mechanistic study in Obesity
TOS
Injury prevention studies that form the basis for child protective and restraint systems are typically restricted to normal weight children. However, a study published recently in the journal Obesity uses a novel approach to test for risk of bone fracture injuries in children affected by obesity restrained with the usual protective systems in vehicles.

Jong-Eun Kim and colleagues used computer simulation to test bone fracture risk in children affected by obesity and determine whether they are at greater for fracture than their non-obese counterparts in response to the same impact. The simulation models took account of the momentum effect of the body mass and the cushion properties of soft tissue thickness. Researchers found that, despite the protective adiposity effects, children with obesity had a greater risk of pelvic bone fracture than normal weight children in sideways falls. As a result, these findings should be considered when designing child restraints. Check out this descriptive video of computer simulations of impact here.

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Genetic and environmental factors likely contribute to higher obesity rates among Mexican population
TOS
Earlier this month, TOS weighed in on the news that Mexico has overtaken the U.S. for the highest obesity rate. The report issued by the United Nations wasn't the first to make this call either — a national Mexican survey reported the figures earlier this year.

Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, TOS Council Member, At-Large-Mexico, said in a statement, "This increase in obesity among the Mexican population could be a result of a combination of factors, including genetic and environmental." Read the full statement here.

In addition, TOS Development Committee Chair, Martin Binks, Phd, spoke with ABC News about the topic. "As more Mexicans move from rural to urban communities they become more sedentary and they eat a steady diet of unhealthy, highly caloric foods," said Dr. Binks. Read the full story here.

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Former TOS President, James Hill, PhD, joins Curves 1st Science Advisory Board
TOS
Curves International, Inc., the largest weight loss and fitness club chain in the world just for women, recently announced the formation of its first Science Advisory Board. Former TOS President, Dr. James Hill, joins other nationally known experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, metabolism and wellness coaching to "educate consumers about the growing body of emerging research highlighting the health benefits associated with the Curves fitness and nutrition program." Find out more in the news release here.
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TOS reaches international audience on childhood obesity, comments on caloric guidelines study
TOS
Congratulations to TOS Development Committee Chair, Martin Binks, PhD, who expanded TOS reach on the topic of childhood obesity. Recently, Dr. Binks spoke with Etejah TV Channel (Iraq) at length on the topic. Watch the full segment via YouTube here.

In addition, TOS Past-President, Pat O'Neil, and TOS member, Cathy Nonas, discussed a new study that questions the ability of caloric guides to curb bad eating habits with WWL Radio of New Orleans, reaching audiences across the Gulf Coast region. Listen in to the interviews here.

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TOS is accepting late-breaking abstracts for ObesityWeek℠ in mid-August
TOS
The Obesity Society will be accepting late-breaking abstract submissions for ObesityWeek℠ 2013, beginning mid-August. Abstracts may be submitted in the following tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health
  • Policy
Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as oral presentations or posters. The late-breaking abstracts submission period for 2013 will open on Aug. 15 and close Sept. 7.

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Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit, Oct. 18-20, 2013
TOS
With the prevalence of cardiometabolic syndrome affecting more than one in three adults in the US, primary care practitioners increasingly play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Continuing medical education is critical in staying up to date on best practices, the latest research and new advances in managing patients with cardiometabolic syndrome.

The Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS) was established as a live educational platform to supplement Consultant, an established resource for primary care for over 50 years. Expert faculty in primary care will provide provocative lectures and stimulate discussion on the four major cardiometabolic risk epidemics: hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and obesity. Attendees of this conference will have various, unique and intimate educational and networking opportunities that simply can't be found anywhere else. Find out more and register here.

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TOS is seeking a Director of Education
TOS
A new position is open at TOS! We are seeking a Director of Education to oversee TOS continuing education programs and guide and support the efforts of volunteers developing and reviewing education content. The ideal individual is analytical, self-motivated and highly experienced at developing new education programs and working well in an association environment. Find out more about the position and how to apply here.

Are you interested in posting a job exclusively for the obesity community? TOS offers an opportunity to connect you with the perfect candidate through our online Job Center. In addition, jobseekers can post an anonymous resume, search for listed jobs and create a personalized job alert. Recruiters can search for the best candidate and post jobs all at the click of a button. Check out the Job Center here.

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University of Pittsburgh opens new Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center
TOS
In late June, the University of Pittsburgh opened a new 20,000 sq. ft. research center, home to its Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center. It is an $8 million, state-of-the-art facility complete with faculty, staff, and graduate students all devoted to encouraging physical activity and helping people lose weight. Read more about the center in the Pittsburgh Tribune here.
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Call for papers — Special issue on Obesity and the Body Weight Set Point Regulation
TOS
Authors are invited to submit articles for the special issue, "Obesity and the Body Weight Set Point Regulation," to be published in April 2014 by The International Journal of Endocrinology, a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of endocrinology. Investigators are invited to contribute research papers and review articles on this subject involving animal and/or human studies. You can find a list of topic areas and submission instructions and dates here.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Giving McDonald's eaters calorie guides did not curb bad eating habits
CBS News
Educating people on the number of calories they should eat may not help them make better choices. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health showed that providing people with calorie guidelines did not help them make better food choices, even when calorie counts for each item were available on the menu.
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Weight is a factor in graduate school admissions
ScienceDaily
Want to go to graduate school? Your weight could determine whether or not you receive an offer of admission. The study by Bowling Green State University Ph.D. candidates Jacob Burmeister and Allison Kiefner; Dr. Dara Musher-Eizenman, a professor of developmental psychology; and Dr. Robert Carels, an associate professor of clinical psychology, appeared in the May edition of the journal Obesity.
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Study finds mortality rates significantly less at accredited bariatric centers
PRNewswire via Pharmacy Choice
A new study found non-accredited bariatric centers had an in-hospital mortality rate that was more than three times higher than accredited centers with similar volume. The study, in press for publication in the journal Surgical Endoscopy, provides new insights into the positive impact accreditation and certification can have on the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services considers reversing its 2006 decision requiring certification for facilities that perform bariatric surgery on Medicare beneficiaries.
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Obesity likely to become 'disability' under ADA
Lawyers.com
The American Medical Association last month voted to classify obesity as a disease, a move lawyers say will likely expand the reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act further.
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Should insurers cover obesity now that AMA says it's a disease?
Detroit Free Press
Michigan's heaviest patients may one day be better able to tap into medical help for weight loss after a decision last month by the American Medical Association to designate obesity as a disease. "It's a long time in coming," said Dr. Wendy Miller, director of the Weight Control Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
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Infographic: Americans exercising more, but obesity still climbing
Before It's News
Following a nine-year study from the University of Washington, theres good news and bad news in regards to America’s fitness levels. The good news is that people in the United States are more active now than in recent years; we’re exercising more. The bad news: we are still getting fatter and fatter.
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Hitting in childhood tied to adult obesity and heart disease
MedPage Today
Children who were punished physically had higher risks for cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity in adulthood, researchers found. Compared with adults who were not punished physically as children, those who received harsh physical punishment in childhood were 24 percent more likely to be obese and 35 percent more likely to have arthritis, according to Tracie Afifi, Ph.D., of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and colleagues.
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Scientists: Obesity gene makes people fat by triggering hunger
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Scientists have unraveled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening up potential new ways to fight a growing global health problem. A common variation in the FTO gene affects one in six of the population, making them 70 percent more likely to become obese — but until now experts did not know why.
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Researchers identify genetic link to obesity in mice
Drugs.com
A rare genetic mutation linked to severe obesity has been identified by researchers who conducted experiments in mice and genetic analyses of people. The team at Boston Children's Hospital found that mice with the genetic mutation in the Mrap2 gene gained weight even though they ate the same amount of food as mice without the mutation. The gene appears to be involved in regulating metabolism and food consumption, the researchers said.
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