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TOS
If you haven’t visited ObesityWeek.com lately, you’re missing out on a lot of new details for ObesityWeek 2016. The newly launched conference website is your resource for conference updates, timelines and collaborative opportunities. On ObesityWeek.com you can now find:
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Join TOS & ASMBS and save
TOS
Did you know that members of The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) get special discounts to attend ObesityWeek? Both organizations support professionals and specialists working in the field of obesity, offering networking and leadership opportunities, as well as access to news and resources. Find out more about member benefits and decide which organization is right for you.
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Making the most of your abstract submission
TOS
TOS abstract submission period for ObesityWeek 2016 is open and closes Monday, May 2. As you prepare to submit your abstract, you are also likely developing your work for a submitted manuscript. If you are, you should consider submitting your full manuscript for consideration for the 4th annual Obesity Journal Symposium (open until June 1). The editors of our journal are looking for the year's top papers to showcase during this special event held during ObesityWeek. So, submitting both an abstract and a full journal manuscript will give you the opportunity for rapid publication of your work and increased attention from your colleagues.

Young investigators and experienced researchers alike are welcome to submit their current work in any area of obesity research for the annual competition. Four winners will be selected to present their findings during the Symposium at ObesityWeek, which will be held Wed., Nov. 2, 3:30 – 5:00pm. The winning papers will also be featured in a special section of Obesity – prime real estate on the first pages of the November 2016 issue, with hard copies distributed on site in New Orleans. TOS also promotes the winning studies to the media and the obesity research community, as well as in our newsletters and ObesityWeek meeting materials.

This year Obesity is offering two valuable new benefits for Symposium entries. First, the four winning speakers will receive complimentary ObesityWeek registration. In addition, all papers accepted by the journal, but not chosen as winners during judging in July, will be published immediately as "Original Articles" – a fantastic opportunity.

The deadline for Symposium consideration is June 1, and full instructions are available here.


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Reminder: Nominate a colleague for TOS's awards before April 27
TOS
TOS's awards program promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards reflecting different aspects or points in the careers of obesity researchers will be presented at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2016.

TOS encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work. You can find descriptions of each award, as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination, here.

TOS's Awards Committee will review nominations and winners will be announced by the end of June. Nominees are not required to be TOS members. See a list of previous award recipients here.

All award nominations must be received by Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

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Save the date for National Obesity Care Week 2016
TOS
Join our efforts for the 2nd annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 – to coincide with ObesityWeek. TOS and ASMBS, both founding partners of this important initiative, look forward to continuing this national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. More than 30 organizations are part of the effort, which was co-founded with our partners the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance.

It’s time for a change in obesity care. With severe obesity on the rise, our nation, led by the healthcare community, must attack this disease from multiple angles and unite to overhaul the treatment of obesity. NOCW encourages healthcare professionals to use the NOCW’s trusted medical tools and resources available online to facilitate more active engagement with patients living with obesity.

We need more voices – your voice – to reach our goal of achieving better care. Find out more about how you can get involved here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Obesity in teens seems to raise risk for illness, death in middle age
U.S. News & World Report
Overweight teenagers may face an increased risk of dying from heart disease or stroke by the time they reach middle age, a large new study suggests. The study of more than 2 million Israelis found that those who were overweight or obese as teenagers were two to three times more likely to die prematurely of cardiovascular causes, compared to those who'd been thin as teens.
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How to spot "sigh-ence" headlines
Examiner
If you are like most folks who read websites, magazines, and newspapers today, you may be totally confused by the sensational headlines that deal with well-being, health, obesity, exercise, nutrition, stress and a whole host of other related topics. It seems that on Monday, obesity is caused by one thing and by Wednesday, it's something else. Eat this, not that, and a day or two later, it's just the reverse. Yes, "journalists" poorly schooled in science murder science. It's enough to make us toss out the whole idea of listening to experts. But wait. Before you do that, consider the points below.
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5 best tips to help you mentally prepare for bariatric surgery
Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials
If you are considering bariatric surgery, a physical exam will help make sure your body is healthy enough for the procedure. But physical health isn't the only requirement. Your emotional state is just as vital for a successful surgery and the weight loss to follow, says bariatric and metabolic nurse specialist Karen Schulz, CNS. You may need to tackle a few issues to make sure you're mentally prepared for surgery, Ms. Schulz says.
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People don't know how tall they are, or how much they weigh, and that's confusing obesity research
Quartz
The rapid increase in obesity rates across the world over the past few decades poses a big problem. This increase has not only proved expensive, costing nearly $275 billion annually, but there is also a social cost. The stigma associated with being overweight makes it harder for obese people to be healthy—not to mention stresses them out. A lot of time and money has been spent over the past 30 years trying to create a better understanding of the factors behind this increase.
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Impaired brown fat may cause obesity, but there's a way to fix it
Medical Daily
Brown adipose tissue, also known as brown fat, has been the focus of a lot of studies that are looking to solve the world's obesity problem. Research presented at Friday's International Liver Congress in Barcelona showed that people struggling with obesity can manage their weight and improve glucose tolerance by stimulating brown fat's energy consumption. The bodies of humans and other mammals are home to two types of fat: brown fat and white fat. Brown fat's most important function is to generate body heat by burning white fat. Understanding brown fat's role in the human metabolism and what causes it to burn calories could lead to an effective method for weight loss.
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Worldwide diabetes population reaches 422 million
Healio
Age-standardized diabetes prevalence in adults has increased – or at best remained unchanged – in every country since 1980, leading to a near quadrupling of adults with diabetes worldwide, according to an analysis of hundreds of population-based studies. "An aging population and rising levels of obesity mean that the number of people with diabetes has increased dramatically over the past 35 years," Majid Ezzati, MEng, Ph.D., chair in global environmental health at Imperial College London, said in a press release. "Rates of diabetes are rising quickly in China, India and many other low- and middle-income countries, and if current trends continue, the probability of meeting the 2025 UN global target is virtually nonexistent."
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Why are public weight loss programs not effective?
MedPage Today
Public health programs such as First Lady Michelle Obama's "Lets Move" aren't going to win the fight against obesity because they require high levels of personal resources, according to U.K. researchers. However, interventions that limit people's choices rather than rely on their self-motivation, such as regulating how stores sell unhealthy foods, might work better, stated Jean Adams, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in England, and colleagues.
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