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Letter from the Executive Director
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

As members of the obesity research, prevention and treatment community, we all have an opportunity and responsibility to vote for those who represent us in The Obesity Society's (TOS) leadership — the TOS Council. TOS leaders come from every faucet of the obesity landscape, from bariatric physicians to nutritionists to basic scientists, and we rely on our members to select the best and brightest to represent us, inform our organization's goals and help us reach new milestones. The diverse representation on our Council allows us to call on experts across the obesity field, and better serve our members and the millions of people affected.
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2013 elections open soon - vote for your leadership!
TOS
TOS 2013 Council and Nominating Committee Elections e-ballot opens in mid-August. The e-ballot will be sent via email to current Fellows and Regular Members of TOS. Make sure your membership status is active so that you can vote for the Society's new leaders! Login to the TOS Member Center here to verify your membership status.
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Early registration for ObesityWeek℠ extended to August 23
TOS
The early registration deadline for ObesityWeek has been extended! Register by Friday, August 23 to take advantage of discounted pricing on ObesityWeek's Pre-Conference Courses and Scientific Sessions. Check out the online schedule for an interactive overview of everything the week has to offer. Then register online or download the printable registration form and reserve your spot.
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UPDATE: Venue announced for the TOS Social Event
TOS
We've scoured Atlanta for the best location to host this year's TOS Social Event at ObesityWeek, and we're pleased to announce that we've found the perfect location! The event will be held at STATS restaurant — located within a five-minute walk from the Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Hotel. STATS is a casual dining experience that offers a unique take on classic American favorites, and it's one of the only bars in the U.S. to feature a tap system, which allows guests to pour their own beers at their table.

This one-of-a-kind venue offers an indoor-outdoor setting for our social event, with a roof deck overlooking Atlanta. Specific activities will be announced soon; possibilities include wine-tasting and ObesityWeek trivia. You won't want to miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for an evening of socializing and networking! Drinks and snacks will be provided (not a full dinner). Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 14, 8-11 p.m., and don't forget to purchase your ticket for $40 when you register for ObesityWeek.

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TOS discusses biggest challenges, opportunites to improve patient health
TOS
Public Affairs Committee Chair, Adam Tsai, MD, discussed the challenges and opportunities for improving patient health in an online PhRMA forum. He relayed the importance of ensuring consistent, high-quality care across the healthcare environment and pointed to integrated health systems as a solution. In regards to obesity, he said, "in the case of an integrated system, patients can have access to treatment by a team of healthcare professionals, which is often necessary for this complex condition." Read the full editorial here.
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TOS is accepting late-breaking abstracts for ObesityWeek℠ in mid-August
TOS
The Obesity Society’s late-breaking abstract submission site for ObesityWeek 2013 is opening soon! Don’t miss this chance to submit your abstracts beginning August 15. 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 abstract submission period for 2013 will open on Aug. 15 and close Sept. 7. Visit this link for more information.

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Help keep our seniors healthy! Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
TOS
TOS is calling on every member to take action to support 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.

We are mobilizing members to visit with representatives and senators during the August recess. If you are interested in joining this grassroots effort, please contact Chris Gallagher at chris@potomaccurrents.com.

Learn more about the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.

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Addressing America's obesity epidemic on Capitol Hill
TOS
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a recent briefing on Capitol Hill with representatives of the American Medical Association, the YMCA of the USA and the STOP Obesity Alliance focusing on the growing impact of obesity and obesity-related chronic disease to U.S. health care system. This briefing was part of an ongoing series of timely discussions focused on proactively identifying and advancing approaches to healthcare that address all facets of chronic disease, the number one cause of death, disability and rising costs. Find out more here.
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Preconference sessions at ObesityWeek 2013: Mobile health and mechanisms in weight loss therapies
TOS
Don't miss these exciting pre-conference sessions on Nov. 12 at ObesityWeek in Atlanta (Nov. 11-16).
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2014 Weight Management DPG Symposium: Show me excellence - Gateway to weight management success
TOS
Mark your calendars! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is holding it’s 2014 Weight Management DPG Symposium March 21-23, 2014, in St. Louis, Mo. Efficacious weight management calls for professionals with skills to practice with diverse populations in a variety of settings. The event aims to maximize attendees’ ability to facilitate client achievements and enhance skills in translating research in nutrition, physical activity, behavior modification, and technology into best practices. Find out more here.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Overweight? Good luck getting into grad school
MarketWatch
In addition to soliciting glowing letters of recommendation, writing poignant application essays, securing financing and acing the admission exams, grad school hopefuls might want to add one more item to their to-do list, new research suggests: Lose weight.
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Weight Watchers appoints renowned weight management and obesity expert, Gary D. Foster, Ph.D, as Co-Chief Scientific Officer
PRNewswire via MarketWatch
Weight Watchers International, Inc. has announced the appointment of Gary D. Foster, Ph.D., as Co-Chief Scientific Officer. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Foster will partner with company veteran and lead creator of the PointsPlus® program and Weight Watchers International Co-Chief Scientific Officer Karen Miller-Kovach, MS, RD, in overseeing the company's science-based program, all clinical research initiatives, and continued program advances. Reporting to President and CEO Jim Chambers, Dr. Foster will also serve as a member of the Weight Watchers Executive Committee.
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Opinion: Medicare should cover obesity treatments
The Hill
Washington loves overcomplicating things. The tax code, famously, is more than 67,000 pages long. The Affordable Care Act exceeds 900 pages. Even the presidential proclamation for Grandparents Day went on longer than the Gettysburg Address. But not every problem needs a complicated solution, and there appears to be an endemic belief among policymakers that the holy grail of healthcare — higher quality for less money — requires Byzantine fixes. But that thinking is exactly backwards.
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A dangerous trajectory for medical innovation
McClatchy
The health of Americans and future generations is at risk. This seems incredulous given our track record in medical discoveries that improved health care and saved lives over the years. But our nation's research ecosystem is now in a precarious state as a result of federal policies and proposals that continue to undermine medical innovation. Sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts for federal agencies, is a self-inflicted wound on our country and the pain is acutely felt by patients who cannot afford unnecessary delays in the development of new therapies and cures for their illnesses.
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New York City ban on large sugary drinks fizzles again
USA Today
Large-size soft drinks are a sip closer to retaining their fizz in the Big Apple. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to ban large, non-diet sugary drinks from restaurants, fast-food spots, sports arenas, movie theaters and other outlets was rejected by a New York appellate court Tuesday, which said the move was illegal. Bloomberg, citing health issues, had proposed banning the sales of 16-ounce sugary beverages to counter obesity in the nation's largest city.
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New poll shows minority populations support clinical trials to improve health of others but participation remains low among African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians
Research America
Altruism is a strong motivating factor for clinical trial participation in the general population and even more so among several minority groups. A significant percentage of African-Americans (61 percent), Hispanics (57 percent) and Asians (50 percent) say it's very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47 percent of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America. These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups.
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Fruit juices and smoothies: Dangerous for your health?
The Chicago Tribune via The Columbian
The marketing for freshly pressed and blended juices promises instant energy, weight loss, a flood of vitamins and minerals — all in a single, portable, gulpable serving. Health-minded consumers seem to have bought the claims — and with them, gallons of juice. Jamba Juice, which sells juices and smoothies, reported $55.1 million in revenue for the 13 weeks ending April 2. Beverage giant Coca-Cola tapped the juice trend early by acquiring Odwalla in 2001, and in 2007 PepsiCo followed suit with Naked Juice.
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Study: Making fun of people for weight can actually contribute to obesity
New York Daily News
Fat-shaming doesn't encourage people to slim down — in fact, it can actually make them gain weight, according to a new study. Researchers from Florida State University's College of Medicine found that people who experienced discrimination based on their weight were 2.5 times more likely to be obese four years later.
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How many extra calories add up to obesity for kids?
HealthDay News via MSN
Overweight kids may be consuming far more calories than their doctors or parents realize, a study suggests. The study, which is published in the July 30 online issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, updates the mathematical model doctors use to calculate the daily calorie needs of children and adolescents. The new model tries to more accurately estimate the energy requirements for growing girls and boys. It also accounts for kids' higher metabolisms, relative to adults, and takes into account the drop in physical activity that happens with age as frenetic toddlers turn into sluggish teens. And last, study authors factor in the increased energy required to maintain a bigger body size with age.
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