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Leading researchers present at 4th annual Obesity Journal Symposium
TOS
The editorial team of Obesity, the leading peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field, hosts the 4th annual Obesity Journal Symposium today from 3:30–5:00pm in EMCC Room 215-216. The Editors have selected five winning papers that provide the latest insights into preventing and treating obesity through innovative research designs. An author of each winning paper will give a 10-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute discussion. The papers are featured in a special section of the November 2016 issue of Obesity.

Congratulations to this year's winners: Additional details are available here.
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#OW2016 Research Spotlight: Childhood obesity increases during summer breaks
TOS
Children are at greater risk of gaining unhealthy amounts of weight during summer vacation than during the school year, according to a new study published in the Obesity journal and presented here today at the Obesity Journal Symposium. Researchers studied more than 18,000 kindergartners over two years and found that obesity increased only during the two summer vacations and not at all during the school years.

“Educators have long worried that summer break leads to knowledge loss, and now we know that it is also a time of excessive weight gain for our youngest schoolchildren,” said Paul von Hippel of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, who conducted the research with Joseph Workman of the University of Oxford. “Our findings raise questions for parents and policy makers about how to help children adopt healthy behaviors during the long summer vacation to stop unhealthy weight gain. Our results also suggest that we cannot reverse the obesity epidemic if we focus only on what children are doing and eating while they are in school.”

Between the start of kindergarten and the end of second grade, obesity increased from 8.9 to 11.5 percent of children, and overweight increased from 23.3 to 28.7 percent. None of the increase happened during the school years; all of it happened during the two summer breaks. Read more in the press release here.

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Integrated Health Keynote, Presidential Address & Town Hall, Nov. 2 at 1:30pm
ASMBS
Make sure to attend the annual Integrated Health Presidential Address delivered by Integrated Health (IH) President Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN, today at 1:30–3:00pm in EMCC 208-210. In addition, ASMBS is proud to host Dr. Kelly Brownell, PhD, as the IH Keynote Speaker. Dr. Brownell is the Vice President of the Community Health Kaiser Permanente, with over 20 years conducting research on obesity.
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Open Today: Exhibit Hall features more than 265 exhibit booths!
TOS and ASMBS
ObesityWeek features the largest exhibit hall of its kind, showcasing the latest innovative products, services and technologies from companies and organizations worldwide. Attendees can look forward to products and solutions in more than 265 exhibit booths during the following times:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:30am – 4:15pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 9:45am – 3:45pm
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 10:15am – 4:00pm
Find the list and floor plan here.

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ASMBS International Reception, Nov. 2 at 6:15pm
ASMBS
Network with renowned professionals in metabolic and bariatric surgery from around the world tonight at 6:15pm in the EMCC Lounge. This cocktail reception will serve light hor d'oeuvres, and winners of this year’s International Awards will be recognized at the event.
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Book signing with renowned obesity physician and researcher George A. Bray, MD
TOS
One of the founders of The Obesity Society George A. Bray, MD, is holding a book signing today and tomorrow:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:30–11:30am
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30–10:30am
Stop by TOS Member Services Booth in the Level 2 foyer to pick up a free, signed copy of The Battle of the Bulge: A History of Obesity or The Low-Fructose Approach to Weight Control while they last!

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Tonight: Explore a subspecialty, congratulate poster award winners at TOS Section events
TOS
Each Section of The Obesity Society holds various meetings and networking events at ObesityWeek where a number of researchers are honored with poster awards. Stop by the Hilton New Orleans Riverside to check out each Section’s poster award winners and network with others in the field. Each event tonight is open to all!
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Check out the Early Career Poster Education Theater at ObesityWeek
TOS
Come watch and vote on early career presenters competing in a live oral poster pitch competition to be held during poster presentation times in the Exhibit Hall. Each day during Poster Education Theater, top-ranked abstracts being presented in the traditional poster area will also be presented on stage using a four-minute, three-slide, oral format. The Obesity Society created this opportunity to give our future leaders a chance to refine their presentation skills in this innovative format and to give you, as part of the audience, an opportunity to vote on the best research. Prizes will be awarded to the presentations receiving the most votes. 



Visit the Early Career Poster Education Theater in the Exhibit Hall during the following times: Vote for the winner each day at WWW.POLLEV.COM/OBESITYSOCIETY

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Don't miss the Early Career Industry Panel and Reception
TOS
Again this year, ObesityWeek attendees will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders who have applied their scientific and/or clinical backgrounds to build successful careers in industry. The Early Career Industry Panel takes place tonight from 6:30–7:30pm in Grand Salon A4 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and includes a panel discussion and Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the following panelists:
  • Tamara Darsow, PhD, American Diabetes Association
  • Allison Grupski, PhD, Envolve People Care
  • Erin Whalen, PhD, Novo Nordisk
Immediately following the Industry Panel is an Early Career Reception, where refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Those interested in learning more about careers in industry will have the opportunity to speak with corporate sponsors in this relaxed setting. 



You do not have to attend the Industry Panel to come to the Reception. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Learn to leverage communications and media to support your work
TOS
The Obesity Society invites you to join us for the Media & Communications Workshop. Get a refresher on obesity communications & secure new tools to take it a step further by better:
  • Integrating social media
  • Communicating with reporters
  • Improving public speaking
  • Establishing effective one-on-one meetings, and more!
Presenters Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander have decades of experience as journalists, media trainers and science communicators and have hosted The Obesity Society's communications/media training workshop numerous times.

Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the experts. This year’s workshop will be held today in EMCC R03 at 12:00–1:30pm.

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Get your professional headshot taken by our photographer in Booth 911
TOS
Stop by the headshot photo booth #911 in the Exhibit Hall to take a photo that can be used for professional and promotional opportunities, including your TOS Connect profile!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 11:00am–2:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, noon–3:00pm

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Look ahead at tomorrow:
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Americans blame obesity on willpower, despite evidence it's genetic
The New York Times
Americans believe that obesity is tied with cancer as the biggest health threat in the nation today. But though scientific research shows that diet and exercise are insufficient solutions, a large majority say fat people should be able to summon the willpower to lose weight on their own. The findings are from a nationally representative survey of 1,509 adults released on Tuesday by NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research institution.
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ObesityWeek convenes in New Orleans
Biz New Orleans
More than 4,500 leading researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals will gather for the 4th annual ObesityWeek conference at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Attendees will get a glimpse into the future of obesity research and treatment as more than 1,200 research abstracts are presented on new and emerging obesity treatments, the science of weight loss, new prevention strategies, metabolic surgery, the digital health technology and public policy at the largest international conference on obesity.
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Can we harness our genes to burn more calories?
Market Wired via EINNewsDesk
Researchers say they have identified a potential pathway in our muscle tissue to improve the rate at which our bodies burn calories. The study is one of the first to explore the tie between genetics and calorie burn, a relatively new area of biological study. The findings of the study will be unveiled during a poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek SM 2016 in New Orleans. "Obesity research continues to show that our ability to gain or lose weight may not be completely reliant on individual behaviors, but perhaps our genetic traits," says lead author Paolo Piaggi, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals to present ARX-04 analysis for treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in patients with obesity at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting
PR Newswire via KRVE-TV
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain, announced an upcoming poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, which is taking place Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Ethicon advances obesity solutions through research, surgical training and innovation showcased during ObesityWeek
FreshNews.com
Ethicon joins world-renowned experts in bariatric surgery to share the latest breakthroughs in science and innovation that are advancing surgery in the fight against obesity and metabolic diseases during ObesityWeek 2016, the combined annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society. Ethicon will highlight the growing body of research and evidence on the benefits of bariatric surgery, a new sleeve gastrectomy training module on the Touch Surgery app, and its comprehensive portfolio of bariatric surgery products aimed to improve patient outcomes.
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