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Letter from the President
TOS
Dear Colleagues,

For those of you who attended the recent ObesityWeek conference — congratulations! You were part of not only an important milestone in our Society's history, but also one of the finest scientific meetings of the year. The comments I heard in the halls of the Georgia World Congress Center were uniformly positive and I'd like to acknowledge the hard work of the program Committee with a special shout out to Alison Field who worked tirelessly to form a splendid program.
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TOS Announces New Section: Bio-Behavioral Research
TOS
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the addition of a new Section: Bio-Behavioral Research. The purpose of this Section is to support and encourage research on the complex interactions between biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence obesity, and to advocate for an approach to research, treatment, and prevention that considers and integrates both behavioral and biological aspects of obesity and obesity-related disease. Find out more and join the Section here.
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ObesityWeek 2014 Symposia Submission Site Open
TOS
It's time to start planning for ObesityWeek 2014! The Obesity Society's Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee is now accepting suggestions for sessions. We hope you’ll share your suggestions for possible symposium topics and speakers. Please keep in mind that the Committee is not requesting formal symposium submissions, but rather suggestions for topic areas and possible speakers. This differs from other societies that either accept or reject symposium submissions in their entirety. Even if accepted, submissions may be modified by the Program Committee to fit the overall Program. Please submit your ideas here before the Dec. 22, 2013 deadline.
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ABOM Candidates Increase by Nearly 30 Percent
TOS
The 2013 Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians is currently being administered (Dec. 7-14, 2013) at computer-based testing centers throughout the country. The ABOM has seen an almost 30 percent increase in the number of candidates from 2012. If you haven't signed up to take the exam, don't forget to sign up for next year! The registration deadlines for 2014 are July 21, 2014 (early) and Sept. 15, 2014 (regular) and the exam will take place Dec. 6 – 13. Find out more and register here.
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Congratulations to the Newest Fellows of The Obesity Society (FTOS)
TOS
TOS is pleased to welcome the following members to TOS Fellowship:
  • David E. Arterburn, MD, MPH, FTOS, Group Health Research Institute
  • Katherine W. Bauer, PhD, MS, FTOS, Temple University
  • Jacqueline Jacques, ND, FTOS, Metagenics
  • Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, FTOS, Yale University School Of Medicine
  • Prabhakaran "Babu" Balagopal, PhD, FTOS, Nemours Children's Clinic & Mayo Clinic College Of Medicine
  • Margarita Teran-Garcia, PhD, FTOS, University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Bruce W. Bailey, PhD, FTOS, Brigham Young University
Featured Fellow: Schiko de St Jeor, PhD, RDN
TOS Fellow, Sachiko de St Jeor, PhD, RDN has been named the 2013 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Find out more here.

Are you a TOS Fellow? Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS and sets you apart by acknowledging your high-level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. Find out more here.

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FREE ACCESS: Obesity Treatment Guidelines
TOS
Long-awaited treatment guidelines on how to manage overweight and obesity are published in the journal, Obesity. The Obesity Society is pleased to have played a critical role in the development of these guidelines, as health professionals have waited 13 years since the last guidelines from the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute were released.

This is a very important publication for the Obesity journal and we hope that you will join us in spreading the word by sharing the link to the Obesity guidelines here. If you would like to cite any part of the guidelines in written text, please refer to the citation information here.

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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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Obesity.org Makes List of Top Bookmarked Nutrition Sites
TOS
TOS website has been chosen as one of the best online resources for professionals working in nutrition and dietetics. Check out the full list here.
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Funding Opportunity: Prader-Willi Syndrome Research
TOS
The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support research relevant to Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hypothalamic dysfunction, hyperphagia, intellectual disability, and behavioral and psychiatric problems. FPWR is particularly interested in supporting innovative research that will advance the understanding of PWS and lead to the development of new therapies to alleviate the symptoms associated with PWS.

Applicants may request up to $70,000 in direct costs for one year of support, with the possibility of a second year of support following competitive renewal. Details of this Request for Applications can be found here. Application instructions, forms, review criteria and additional information can be found here. The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 13, 2013.

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Job Listings Exclusively for the Obesity Community
TOS
Attention employers, recruiters and job seekers! TOS offers an opportunity to connect you with others exclusively in the obesity community through our online Job Center. 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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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Diet drugs work: Why won't doctors prescribe them?
The New Yorker
The inauspicious history of diet drugs no doubt contributes to doctors' reluctance to prescribe them. In the nineteen-forties, when doctors began prescribing amphetamines for weight loss, rates of addiction soared. Then, in the nineties, fen-phen, a popular combination of fenfluramine and phentermine, was pulled from the market when patients developed serious heart defects. Current medications are much safer, but they produce only modest weight loss, in the range of about five to ten per cent, and they do have side effects. Still, doctors aren't always shy about prescribing medications that cause side effects and yield undramatic results.
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Experts want more than obesity screening, prevention under Affordable Care Act
Cronkite News
The Affordable Care Act provides for obesity screening and prevention, but some experts say that isn't enough. They want required coverage to include doctors who specialize in treating obesity. Cronkite News reporter Shayne Dwyer has the story.
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Experts debate the validity of 'healthy obesity' studies, claims
WAOK-TV
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of all American adults are considered obese. CDC researchers have traditionally expressed concern on the matter, noting that the 35.7 percent of adults in the U.S. struggling with obesity are at risk of "heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer."
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Obesity guidelines call for individualized dietary, lifestyle interventions
Healio
Caroline M. Apovian, M.D., professor of medicine and pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and co-author of the obesity management guidelines recently released by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and The Obesity Society, discusses the new recommendations at ObesityWeek.
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Mediterranean diet without breakfast best choice for diabetics
ScienceDaily
For patients with diabetes, it is better to eat a single large meal than several smaller meals throughout the day. This is the result of a current dietary study at Linköping University in Sweden. In the study the effect on blood glucose, blood lipids and different hormones after meals were compared using three different macronutrient compositions in patients with type 2 diabetes. The three diets were a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet and a Mediterranean diet.
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CVD risks with obesity drug meet FDA criteria
MedPage Today
Preliminary results from the cardiovascular outcomes trial of a combination pill containing naltrexone and bupropion — the Light Study — indicated that the obesity drug did not double the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events compared with placebo, Orexigen Therapeutics announced in a press release.
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John Morton, MD, discusses the impact of gastric bypass on aging
Healio
In this video, John Morton, M.D., FASMBS, director of bariatric surgery at Stanford University and president-elect of the ASMBS, discusses his study on the impact of gastric bypass on the aging process, presented at ObesityWeek 2013. The study was the first to assess the effect of surgical weight loss on aging.
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