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ObesityWeek℠ Goes Mobile! Letter from the Executive Director
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

ObesityWeek℠ is right around the corner, just two weeks away, and I'd like to give you a bit of an overview of some of the new technologies and communications we're incorporating into the conference this year. First, we'd like to involve all attendees, and Obesity Society members, in sharing the excitement during the event with fellow attendees and followers around the globe. We'll be live-tweeting and updating social media channels, including Twitter, @ObesitySociety, and Facebook, TheObesitySociety, using the hashtag #OW2013.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Congratulations to Nick Bellisimo, PhD, Recipient of the Egg Nutrition Grant
TOS
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant. Nick Bellisimo, PhD, and his co-investigator Stephanie E. Cassin, PhD, of Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada will receive the grant for their study: "Role of Dietary Protein in a Familiar Breakfast Meal on Subjective Satiety, Food Intake and Thermic Effect of Food in Normal Weight and Overweight/Obese Children." The grant is sponsored by the Egg Nutrition Center and is designed to fund a study that looks at the impact of macronutrient intake (carbs vs. proteins vs. fats) on overweight and obesity in children. The Award is up to $40,000, and is given to the recipient for a period of up to two years.
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Treat Obesity Seriously™ & Sign the Obesity Pledge
TOS
Have you signed the pledge to treat obesity seriously? We've recently added the Obesity Pledge to the website where you can demonstrate your commitment and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Add your voice to the many others who have signed on by saying:

"I believe obesity isn't just a problem. It's a disease that warrants serious evidence-based treatments. Nutritional and physical activity guidance. Intensive behavioral counseling. Drug therapy. And surgery. Agree to learn more and help more. I treat obesity seriously."

It's simple. Sign the pledge online with your mouse. Print your certificate and hang it on your office or practice wall. Share the pledge with your family, friends and colleagues. And, send a letter to your member of Congress expressing your support for legislation that treats obesity seriously!

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Unhealthy Wellness Programs? Keep an Eye on the Horizon
TOS
Healthy and unhealthy programs "are taking shape for the New Year as new laws and regulations governing them come into effect," says Ted Kyle, TOS Advocacy Committee Chair, in his recent blog post. The post was prompted by a CBS News story reporting "people who are slim and fit like the idea of slapping people with obesity with higher health insurance costs." A recent TOS position statement, authored by Kyle and Adam Tsai, MD, TOS Public Affairs Chair, provides guidance for these programs and advises against wellness penalties based on BMI. Read Kyle's blog post and the position statement here.
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Just Two Weeks Left to Register for ObesityWeek℠!
TOS
After five years in the making, it's hard to believe the inaugural ObesityWeek℠ conference is less than two weeks away! If you're not yet registered, you won't want to miss out on being part of history at the world's largest conference on obesity research, treatment and surgery. There's still time to register; pre-registration rates continue through Oct. 31. Find out more here and join us for pre-conference courses, scientific sessions, presentations on cutting-edge research, more than 125 exhibitors, and multiple networking opportunities. More than 1000 abstracts will be presented at the event. See you in Atlanta!
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eHealth/mHealth Section Invites You to the Section Business Meeting & Reception
TOS
All ObesityWeek℠ attendees with an interest in eHealth/mHealth are invited to join the two-hour Section business meeting and reception on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The session will include a keynote presentation by EMS Pioneer Award for Excellence recipient, Bonnie Spring, PhD, entitled "Technology Supported Obesity Interventions: How are We Doing?" During the event, the section will also award certificates to the best eHealth/mHealth posters, and there will be demonstrations of new eHealth/mHealth technologies by:
  • MEI Research will present its ActiPal smart phone software, which assembles modules for dietary intake, physical activity, body weight and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and direct participant interaction into a single program.
  • Renew Fitness & Nutrition will demonstrate it's robust interactive tool helping youth and adults better manage a healthy lifestyle through the application of national standards for positive nutrition and physical fitness habits.
  • MetaLogics will present it's affordable and easy-to-use caloric monitoring system, which increases knowledge of energy expenditure and empowers consumers to make the changes needed to achieve weight, fitness and overall health goals.
Don't forget to mark your calendar! Find out more about this event, and other Section and Committee events here.

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Obesity & JAMA Journal Symposia: Don't Miss Top Quality Research Presentations at ObesityWeek℠
TOS
The Obesity Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association will hold back-to-back symposia where select researchers will present high-impact findings.

The editors of Obesity are hosting the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2013 in Atlanta. Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. They've selected six high-quality manuscripts for presentation during the session. The manuscripts will also be published in the November issue of the Journal. Find out more details here.

JAMA will host a special 60-minute symposium Friday, Nov. 15, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. of papers that focus on the basic and clinical science aspects of obesity treatment, identification of novel risk factors for the development of obesity, and obesity policy. The papers have been expedited for review and will be published in the November issue of JAMA. Find out more details here.

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ObesityWeek℠ Features Pre-Con Session for Parents: Establishing Healthy Habits at Home
TOS
Encouraging healthy eating today can lead to a child's lifelong relationship with food and give them the tools they need to lead a healthy, active life. As part of our efforts to improve healthy living, TOS is offering Atlanta parents an opportunity to help the whole family get healthy and stay healthy. At the ObesityWeek℠ public pre-conference, Establishing Healthy Habits at Home, parents will learn steps to help families eat healthier and integrate more exercise into the family's routine. They will find out more about foods that are tasty and healthy to satisfy that picky eater while staying on budget.

Please help us share information with Atlanta parents about "Establishing Healthy Habits at Home: a Workshop for Parents" at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration is free. Find out more about this one-of-a-kind event here and print out a flier to share with Atlanta families.

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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).
    Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity
    This full-day workshop offers access to tools, techniques, measurements, and collaborations to further your work in mobile health. Look forward to sessions including: developing a trans-disciplinary team, collecting and storing "big data," and using real- and near-time data to customize interventions on the fly. 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. We hope you'll join us for this workshop sponsored by TOS eHEALTH, mHEALTH Section (EMS), TOS Pediatric Section (POS), & the National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Strategic Partnership.

    Mechanisms in Weight Loss Therapies
    This half-day workshop is intended to help participants better understand the metabolic health benefits of various weight loss therapies. Sessions will cover how weight loss therapies can impact metabolic disease, reduce and prevent diabetes and high blood pressure, improve adipocyte and adipose tissue function, and much more! You won't want to miss this event presented by leaders in obesity medicine, including Dr. Harold Bays of the L-MARC Research Center, and Dr. Louis Aronne of Cornell Medical Center. We hope you’ll join us for this workshop is sponsored by Eisai, Orexigen and Takeda.

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Reception for Fellows in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition at ObesityWeek℠
TOS
An Obesity Medicine Fellows Reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Hazelnut Room at the Omni Hotel Atlanta. Clinical fellows in all Obesity Medicine and Nutrition subspecialty programs, as well as recent Fellowship graduates, Students and Residents who may be interested in Obesity Medicine training are invited to attend and meet with faculty and Obesity Medicine leaders from around the country.
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TOS Media and Communications Workshop at ObesityWeek℠
TOS
TOS invites our members to join in for a media and communications workshop at ObesityWeek℠ on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This session, held in Room A303 of the Georgia World Congress Center, will include a refresher on obesity communications. Presenters Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander will cover everything from tips for public speaking and communicating with reporters to effective one-to-one meetings and networking at small group events. Mark your calendars! You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn from the experts.
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Network and Connect at TOS Section Events at ObesityWeek℠
TOS
One of the greatest networking opportunities will take place at ObesityWeek℠, Nov. 11-16, in Atlanta. Each year during the event, the TOS Sections host events and activities where members with similar interests, expertise and/or educational background come together to recognize groundbreaking research, network and develop a plan to help advance TOS's goals.

Throughout the year, TOS Sections plan activities that commence at our Annual Meeting, this year at ObesityWeek℠. Whether you're interested in eHealth/mHealth, obesity & cancer or any of the eight other obesity specialties covered by our sections (or all of the above) you can find your niche at one (or all) of the upcoming ObesityWeek℠ Section events. You won't want to miss these opportunities to meet prestigious Section award recipients, dine and network with others in your specific research area, and hear from some of the leading scientists in the field. Find out more about these events here, and don't forget to add them to your agenda when you register for ObesityWeek℠.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


US obesity rate levels off, but still an epidemic
USA Today
Obesity among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of skyrocketing growth, new government data show. In 2012, about 34.9 percent of the people in this country were obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. That is not significantly different from the 35.7 percent who were obese in 2010. In both 2010 and 2012 about 78 million adults were obese; more than 50 million of those were white, according to the latest statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Calorie numbers may not mean what we think they do
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Richard Wrangham, a primate expert at Harvard University, discovered an interesting thing when he tried to eat like the chimpanzees he was studying. Their raw diet was deeply unsatisfying. He was so hungry he had to return to human foods. The experience led him to propose that cooked food played a pivotal role in human evolution, helping us diverge from other primates. He theorized that humans — the only animals that can't live on a raw, wild diet — could extract more usable energy from cooked foods because they were easier to digest. That would have allowed us to feed bigger brains. Also, chimpanzees spend six or seven hours a day chewing, so we were able to do more civilized things with our time.
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Combo drug Qsymia tops for weight loss
MedPage Today
Overweight people who took the phentermine/topiramate combination diet drug Qsymia lost more weight than people taking a placebo or either drug alone in a study funded by Qsymia manufacturer VIVUS. Over 28 weeks of treatment, the percentage of study participants who lost 10 percent or more of their body weight was 38.8 percent among those taking Qsymia 7.5/46 mg and 42 percent among those taking the 15/92 mg dose.
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San Francisco joins sugary drinks fray with tax proposal
Reuters
San Francisco may become the latest U.S. city to try to curb the consumption of sugary drinks with a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax on beverages seen as a culprit in rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes. Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday formally proposed asking voters in November 2014 to impose a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other drinks with added sugar sold in the famously liberal northern California city.
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Weight-loss surgery beats obesity better than diet, exercise
Bloomberg via The Washington Post
Weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise as a treatment for obesity, according to a review of health studies involving almost 800 people. Surgery such as gastric banding, gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy led to on average 26 kilograms (57 pounds) more weight loss after two years than non-surgical treatment, which included diet, exercise, behavioral therapy and medicines, according to an analysis of 11 studies of 796 obese people. The research was published in the British Medical Journal.
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Removable 'gut sleeve' might become a future weight-loss tool
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
People struggling with severe obesity are increasingly turning to bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery. But the procedure is invasive, irreversible and not without risks. A new study conducted on rats describes a nonsurgical approach using an experimental "gut sleeve" procedure. It's hoped that if the procedure eventually works in humans, it may provide a more effective and less expensive alternative to weight-loss surgery, and reduce related health problems.
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Mexico tackles obesity epidemic with tax on junk food
Bloomberg
Mexico is turning to its tax system to tackle the highest obesity levels in North America or Europe, with plans to raise levies on the fatty foods and sugary sodas that contribute to more deaths than drug violence. The lower house of Congress passed President Enrique Pena Nieto's fiscal plan on Oct. 17 after adding a five percent tax on junk food. The duty is on top of a one peso per-liter tax on soft drinks included in the administration's original proposal. The bill heads to the full Senate for a vote as early as today after upper house committees approved it this morning.
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Experts: Help your children manage media use
HealthDay News
American children and teens have almost constant exposure to a wide range of media — such as smart phones, social media and television — and kids' use of such media must be carefully managed, child experts say. Excessive media use has been associated with obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior problems, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Obesity could shorten lifespan for pancreatic cancer patients
The Huffington Post
Obesity is linked with a slightly shorter lifespan for people with pancreatic cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found that people with a body mass index that indicates obesity live two to three months less, on average, than non-obese pancreatic cancer patients. Interestingly, the association held true even after taking into account known life-expectancy factors such as the patient's age and stage of the disease.
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