ObesityWeek Daily
Oct. 31, 2016

Welcome to ObesityWeek! A message from TOS and ASMBS Presidents
The Obesity Society (TOS) President Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, FTOS and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) President Raul Rosenthal, MD, FASMBS offer you a warm welcome to ObesityWeek 2016, the fourth annual conference taking place here in historic New Orleans, Louisiana.
Take a few minutes to read the welcome letters from both presidents to get an update from the Society's and a feel for this year’s program.

Dr. Gordon-Larsen gives you an update on TOS's progress toward the goals outlined in the Society's 5-year strategic plan, and outlines some of the not-to-miss sessions on TOS’s side of the meeting.

Dr. Rosenthal walks you through some of the keynotes and featured speakers in the ASMBS program, including Camillio Ricordi, MD, Professor of Surgery and Medicine and Director of the Diabetes Research Institute, who will deliver this year’s Ed Mason Lecture.

Read both letters online here.More

Access free wifi & download the mobile app
ObesityWeek offers all of our attendees an opportunity to stay connected with free wifi throughout the Convention Center and access to the full program via our mobile app.

Connect to Wifi
Convention center internet is free in all areas, including meeting rooms! Look for available networks on your device and select OW2016. There is no password required.

Download the mobile app: Access the full program in your pocket
Get the full ObesityWeek program by downloading the mobile app in Google Play or the App Store. Start planning your schedule now and use the app throughout the week to navigate the conference, take notes, connect with attendees, explore exhibitors, and more. Search "ObesityWeek" in the app store from your device and download. Find out more here.More

Get Social! Stay connected with @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS at #OW2016
Help us share the excitement of ObesityWeek 2016 with fellow attendees and social media followers around the globe! TOS and ASMBS will be live-tweeting and updating social media channels throughout the week using #OW2016 via @ObesityWeek, @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS.

Once again this year, we're excited to have Live Tweet Boards (located at TOS and ASMBS Member Service Desks) to share the excitement. Stop by to see everything attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and media have to say about #OW2016. This is your chance to see your Twitter handle in lights and connect with fellow attendees. To have YOUR tweets appear on the #OW2016 Live Tweet Boards make sure to include the official ObesityWeek 2016 hashtag, #OW2016, in your tweet.

We hope you'll join us in spreading the word about the research, treatment and prevention of obesity presented at #OW2016! Find out more in our online social media guide. More

Become a #Take5 Ambassador
Did you know that lack of time and reimbursement are common reasons why obesity goes unaddressed in the healthcare setting? National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) offers you an opportunity to participate in a solution.

This week as part of NOCW, TOS and ASMBS call on all health professionals attending ObesityWeek to join us as a "Take 5" Ambassador. By participating in the "Take 5" challenge, as an obesity specialist, you are best positioned to share with your peers the importance of providing comprehensive care to people living with obesity. It takes 5 minutes to become a brand ambassador and start the conversation. The next step is to challenge 5 of your colleagues to do the same.

To learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit our booth on level 2 near TOS session rooms or visit, www.obesitycareweek.org.More

Celebrate leaders making a difference in obesity research, treatment and policy at ObesityWeek

TOS President Dr. Gordon-Larsen Honors Sen. Cassidy, MD
Each year, The Obesity Society chooses from among the best and brightest making a difference in obesity research, treatment and policy to honor at its meeting. This year, our award winners truly shine bright. Please join us to honor both long-standing and emerging TOS leaders whose work is making an impact in a wide arena from basic science to clinical research to policy development. All ObesityWeek attendees are encouraged to attend all TOS Award sessions, which include: Congratulations to the following recipients:
  • Presidential Medal - U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (Louisiana) and Thomas Carper (Delaware), and Joseph Nadglowski, President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition
  • 2016 George A. Bray Founders Award — Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS, Louisiana State University System
  • 2016 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award — Dale Alan Schoeller, PhD, FTOS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2016 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service — William H. Dietz, Jr, MD, PhD, FTOS, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • 2016 TOPS Research Achievement Award — Roger D. Cone, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2016 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award — Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, FTOS, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • 2016 Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship – Harvey J. Grill, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

    Take a moment to learn more about these and the many other recipients here.
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    Questions on site? Stop by TOS or ASMBS Member Services Booth
    Have questions while on-site, TOS and ASMBS staff are here to help! Please stop by the Member Services Booth (TOS Level 2 foyer; ASMBS Level 1, Lobby A) where staff will be on hand to answer questions about the conference, and also help you discover new ways to get more involved with both organizations.

    At TOS member services, take some time to meet the editors of the Obesity journal, receive a free, signed copy of "The Battle of the Bulge: A History of Obesity" by renowned obesity physician and researcher George A. Bray, MD (Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:30-11:30am and Thursday, 8:30-10:30am) and add your name to the Pledge to Treat Obesity Seriously.More

    Can't attend ObesityWeek? Enjoy it on the go!
    Pre-order today and pay only $599 to experience the unique, international event in the comfort of your own home. With ObesityWeek On Demand, you can access abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses and video sessions at your fingertips. With On Demand, you can earn up to approximately 120 CME credit hours. Order by Nov. 4, to receive this special offer.

    Attend ASMBS 27th Annual Mason Lecture, Passing of the Gavel and Presidential Address
    Please join ASMBS in a special session, featuring honored Mason Lecturer Camillo Ricordi, MD, and ASMBS President Raul Rosenthal, MD, FASMBS. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the past year with Dr. Rosenthal, and welcome our upcoming President, Stacy Brethauer, MD, FASMBS.More

    Experience Mardi Gras and New Orleans Jazz at ObesityWeek social events
    ObesityWeek offers attendees multiple opportunities to network and connect throughout the conference. Attendees registered for the scientific sessions receive one complimentary ticket to both the Welcome Reception and the AfterDark Party. Additional guest tickets can be purchased for $40 each.

    The 2016 Welcome Reception will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:00 – 9:00pm at Mardi Gras World where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras. At this evening event you will drink and dine with your colleagues while perusing more than 40 years of historic show-stopping floats featured in Mardi Gras parades, among other attractions.

    Relax, unwind and celebrate all that you learned at the conference with your friends and colleagues at the AfterDark Party. This evening event, Thursday, Nov. 3, 9:00 – 11:59pm, offers live music and dancing to wrap up the final night of the meeting. This year’s event will be held at Generations Hall, an elegant New Orleans style venue complete with the French Quarter’s finest décor.

    Beyond the Welcome Reception and AfterDark Party, both TOS and ASMBS offer multiple free and low-cost social events to help attendees network with those in their specialty or interest area, including TOS Section receptions and the ASMBS International Reception & Award Ceremony. Keep an eye on the schedule for more details.More

    Things to do nearby in New Orleans
    The Convention Center / Warehouse Arts District is alive with activities celebrating the arts. Museums such as the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art can be found in the Warehouse District, as well as dozens of art galleries, restaurants and shops. And as a designated Louisiana Cultural District, there is no sales tax charged on any original works of art sold in the Arts District! Find out more at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. More

    A look ahead at tomorrow
    Planning your ObesityWeek schedule? Here are some TOS sessions you won’t want to miss tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 1:


    6 things to look for at ObesityWeek 2016
    ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans is barely a week away. ASMBS and the Obesity Society have wedged an incredible wealth of new information into this short week. Sorting through the options is already a challenge and program information just keeps coming. More than a thousand research abstracts will be presented.More

    ObesityWeek 2016 to probe medical, surgical weight loss
    Obesity Week 2016, this year's joint annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society, will showcase research ranging from the weight-loss expectations of bariatric-surgery patients to how appetite "reset" may explain weight-loss plateaus. The more than 5000 attendees expected in New Orleans, Louisiana, will be able to choose from more than 1200 research abstracts (in posters and talks) as well as many sessions providing in-depth, broader insight into challenging aspects of treating patients with obesity.More

    Barriers to obesity care and how to create a support team
    The New York Times column "Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care?" offered the answer in the headline: "Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat." The column cited current statistics that suggest one in three Americans are living with obesity, with the growth path on an uptick for two decades, and the author’s conclusion was that the health care system is failing this population in terms of "attitudes, equipment, and common practices." A person with obesity who needs a knee or hip replacement will likely be told to lose weight before the doctor will operate. From the doctor’s perspective, there’s a higher rate of complications and problems during surgery if the patient is living with obesity. More

    How healthcare communicators should change the conversation about obesity
    PR Week
    James Zervios, VP of marketing and communications at the Obesity Action Coalition explains why obesity is often poorly communicated in mass media. "I've spent my career working in the nonprofit sector, and as VP of marketing and communications for the Obesity Action Coalition I’ve seen first-hand the importance of clearly communicating your message in the face of stigma and bias. While more than 93 million Americans are impacted by obesity, the disease is often poorly communicated in mass media due to stigmatizing imagery and the lack of people-first language."More

    ObesityWeek 2016 is here! A look at what to expect
    Connect Magazine
    More than 5,000 surgeons, doctors, integrated health professionals, scientists, policymakers and other experts on obesity will gather in the Big Easy during the first week of November for ObesityWeek 2016. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society have again joined forces to focus the world on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.More

    Obesity Care Week is coming up
    New Jersey Herald (Opinion)
    To increase awareness of obesity as a disease that requires a respectful, thoughtful and comprehensive approach to treatment, the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 has been designated National Obesity Care Week. Educational materials can be found at www.obesitycareweek.org. Drawing attention to obesity as a disease may change how the public and medical community see people who are overweight or obese.More

    Putting a number on your appetite
    In the complex jungle of systems that influence the development and prevalence of obesity, two physiologic mechanisms stand out: metabolic rate and appetite. In new research from NIH to be presented at ObesityWeek 2016, Kevin Hall and colleagues have put a number on the role of appetite in making sure that people regain most of the weight they lose through dieting.More

    Novo Nordisk to present eight abstracts at the 4th annual ObesityWeek in New Orleans
    Novo Nordisk, a global leader in obesity care, today announced that data from eight abstracts, including six posters and two oral presentations, will be shared at ObesityWeek 2016, the 4th annual combined congress of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. Of note, early responder data from the SCALE™ clinical trial program was selected as one of five manuscripts to be presented at the congress's Obesity Journal Symposium, comprised of selected papers providing the latest insights into preventing and treating obesity. More