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This edition of TOS eNEWS includes updates from ObesityWeek

TOS, AHA, ACC Release New Clinical Practice Recommendations for Obesity Treatment
TOS
Guideline offers roadmap to treat adults affected by obesity, overweight
On Tuesday, at the inaugural ObesityWeek event, The Obesity Society joined the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to release a long-awaited obesity treatment guideline. Per TOS President Harvey Grill, PhD, "it's been thirteen years since clinicians have had access to such a resource, far longer than any specialty is expected to wait for updated recommendations." During TOS's Opening Session, he referred to the effort as a "significant success that underscores the value of partnership."

The guideline says that physicians are an integral part of helping patients affected by obesity identify the best treatment plan, and it outlines the most effective programs. It also says there is no ideal diet for weight loss, but most people that want to lose weight should consume at least 500 fewer calories a day. A story in this morning's USA Today print edition by Nanci Hellmich highlights these findings with comments by TOS past-presidents Donna Ryan, MD, and Patrick O'Neil, PhD. Read the full story here.

The joint guideline commissioned by NHLBI is published simultaneously in Obesity, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. View the guidelines after 4:00 p.m. today here and use this citation when citing the research.
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Get Social! Stay Connected with @ObesitySociety at #OW2013
TOS
Help us share the excitement of ObesityWeek℠ 2013 with fellow attendees and social media followers around the globe! The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) will be live-tweeting and updating social media channels throughout the Week: @ObesityWeek, @ObesitySociety, @ASMBS.

This year, we're excited to have a Live Tweet Board (located at TOS Member Service's Desk) to share the excitement. Stop by to see everything attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and media have to say about #OW2013. This is your chance to see your Twitter handle in lights and connect with fellow attendees. To have YOUR tweets appear on the #OW2013 Live Tweet Board be sure to include the official ObesityWeekSM 2013 hashtag: #OW2013, in your tweet.

We hope you'll support us in spreading the word about the research, treatment and prevention of obesity presented at #OW2013!

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Employer Wellness Programs, Weight Outcome Hurdles and Obesity Treatment Access
TOS
During the Advocacy Forum on Tuesday at ObesityWeek led by Ted Kyle, exiting chair of TOS's Advocacy Committee, explored the benefits and pitfalls of employer wellness programs relating to obesity. Obesity Action Coalition president, Joe Nadglowski, was certainly not alone when referring to himself as a "skeptic" when it comes to the value of current programs. He urged employers to reward healthy behavior and begin with a work environment that encourages activity and healthy eating.

Workplace interventions of an hour a week can drive weight loss among 30-50% of participants, said panelist Jennifer Lovejoy, MD. She added that employers are in a "very confused place right now" with a lot of emphasis on personal responsibility.

In fact, a new study presented at ObesityWeek illustrates the imbalance between many wellness programs and an environment that's supportive for employees.

Today, Kyle presents the findings of his employer wellness study during a poster session in the ObesityWeek exhibit hall, which finds that wellness programs are commonly setting weight goals for employees. However, most often they are paired with employer health plans denying coverage for evidence-based obesity treatment. Read more about the study here.

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ObesityWeek: Early Development Pharmacologic and Device Session for Up and Coming Obesity Treatments
TOS
Is there a way to make weight loss easier? Ken Fujioka, MD, chaired a session highlighting the latest approaches from pharma and medical device companies. After 13 years with no new obesity drugs being released, Vivus has released Qsymia, a combination of phentermine and topiramate. It was approved by the FDA in July of 2012 and launched in September last year. Barbara Troupin, MD, told the crowd of nearly 200 attendees that a patient brochure is being given every time a patient is given the drug and 31,000 pharmacies are certified suppliers and ensure that a patient received the information every time the prescription is dispensed. She pointed out that a year on the market has revealed that any adverse events associated with the medication — dry mouth, headache, paraesthesia and insomnia — are due to mostly to tolerability and lower dosing can alleviate many of these symptoms. Around 90% of patients are able to lose weight on the lowest dose.

Another drug discussed, Beloranib, which inhibits a specific enzyme has been found to reduce hunger and food intake, reduce lipogenesis, inflammation and cholesterol synthesis and increase lipolysis. Thomas Hughes, PhD, presented findings from a clinical trial that showed that the agent seems to suppress leptin and stimulate adiponectin, among other finding.

Other presenters, included Shelley Sullivan, MD, who presented AspireAssist System, a type of feeding tube inserted from a port in the skin to the stomach; and Donna Ryan, MD, who discussed the SMART Device (Sensory Monitored Alimentary Restriction Therapy), a mouthpiece worn while eating.

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ASMBS Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary at ObesityWeek
TOS
With the start of ObesityWeek 2013, ASMBS celebrates its 30th anniversary! Since its founding in 1983, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has strived to better serve bariatric surgeons, integrated health professionals and their patients. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, ASMBS has launched asmbs30.org, a website dedicated to commemorating the past 30 years of perseverance and progress. You can view ASMBS's Presidential Gallery, explore their 30-year timeline, and learn about the largest society for metabolic and bariatric surgery in the world. If you would like to support the ASMBS foundation, you can light a candle to honor ASMBS's 30th anniversary, and keep the organization moving forward.
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Get the Latest ObesityWeek Updates Online
TOS
ObesityWeek is the world's largest hub for research on obesity and bariatric surgery. Throughout the week we will be releasing information on the posters, abstracts, and other presentations on the research featured during ObesityWeek. You can find all of this information online at ObesityWeek.com.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Doctors urged to treat obesity like any other ailment
USA Today
There's no ideal diet that's right for everyone, but that shouldn't stop the nation's doctors from helping their heavy patients battle weight issues as aggressively as things like blood pressure, according to new obesity treatment guidelines out.
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Simple tips to get kids to eat better, exercise more
USA Today
If childhood obesity expert Melinda Sothern could wave her magic wand and help kids live healthier lives, she'd want parents and children to dine together every night. "Research is clear that family meals equal healthier weights, emotional stability and better school performance," she says.
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ObesityWeek comes to Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Login required)
About 4,000 doctors, scientists, policymakers and other health experts will gather at the Georgia World Congress Center next week to tackle what has become a growing national health crisis: obesity.
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ObesityWeek parses dietary lifestyle and weight loss
MedPage Today
Obesity experts are anticipating answers on whether a vegan or vegetarian diet will offer better weight loss than a pescatarian or omnivorous one, experts told MedPage Today in the run-up to ObesityWeek here. The New DIETs Study is the first randomized trial that will compare how these four diets — none of which restrict calories — can influence body weight.
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Weight-loss surgery 'generally encouraging' after 3 years
Medscape (Subscription may be required)
Three years after more than 2000 severely obese men and women underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, overall weight loss was substantial and sustained, researchers report.
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Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy of Alere Health shares why employers need more than wellness programs at ObesityWeek conference
Rock Hill Herald Online
Wellness programs alone are too broad to guarantee lasting changes for people with obesity, according to Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, senior vice president of clinical and quality support at Alere Wellbeing, a leading provider of behavior change solutions.
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Surgical measures in prediabetes, metabolic syndrome could improve life of patients
Healio
Surgery might be the right choice for some patients in the prediabetes stage and those diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, preventing or delaying diabetes, one presenter said. Moving forward in this area would be best achieved by cooperation between diabetologists and bariatric surgeons, he said.
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Treating obesity seriously at ObesityWeek
Dr. Arya M. Sharma
This week I am in Atlanta, where the first ever ObesityWeek is being co-hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. What you have, are two major obesity conferences running back-to-back with a slight overlap, thus bringing together those of us primarily engaged in obesity research, behavioral and pharmacological interventions with those of us, who are primarily involved in bariatric surgery.
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Former Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy G. Thompson, brings together healthcare organizations to partner on increasing access to safe and effective obesity treatments
Obesity Action Coalition
Today, more than 93 million Americans are impacted by the disease of obesity; however, a majority of them have very limited access to safe and effective treatment options. This limited access is only furthering the debilitating effects of obesity and decreasing the quality of life and health for those affected.
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10 highlights of ObesityWeek not to miss
ConscienHealth
The first ever Obesity Week meeting opens on Monday in Atlanta and runs for the entire week at the Georgia World Congress Center. With both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society meeting at once, you'll need to plan very carefully if you're going to be sure you don't miss the highlights of the week.
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