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TOS abstract submission closed, submit COIs before June 1
TOS
Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract to TOS’s annual meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2016. Although abstract submission is now closed, you still have until 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, June 1 to submit your Conflict of Interest (COI) form. If you haven’t done so already, you can submit your COI here. TOS requires all COI forms be completed by June 1 or the abstract will not be reviewed.

Acceptance notifications will go out in late July. Late breaking abstracts will open in late summer.

We look forward to seeing all the great research in New Orleans!
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Calling all integrated health professionals: Attend ObesityWeek 2016!
TOS
Integrated health professionals of all types are welcome to attend ObesityWeek, the annual scientific meeting of TOS and ASMBS that gives you the option to explore subjects ranging from technology and behavior changes to multimodal therapies. You will also get to enjoy the diverse educational opportunities, networking events and scientific synergies created through the collaboration of these leading obesity organizations. Keep an eye out for registration in June at ObesityWeek.com.
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ObesityWeek 2016 Exhibit Hall to feature all-new physical activity and nutrition area
TOS
This year, ObesityWeek attendees will have a chance to explore an all-new area of the Exhibit Hall with a focus on physical activity and nutrition. Here you’ll be able to connect with food, beverage and fitness companies that have products, services and initiatives that focus on health promotion to positively impact obesity. It will be located in the front, right corner of the Exhibit Hall (aisles 700 – 900) and open during all exhibit hall hours, Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Friday, Nov. 4.

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at ObesityWeek? Find out more here.

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Don't miss TOS's Early Career Industry Panel and Reception at ObesityWeek
TOS
Obesity professionals early in their careers will find countless learning opportunities at ObesityWeek that will allow them to continue growing in their careers, including the Early Career Industry Panel and Reception.

The Early Career Industry Panel is a discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build careers in industry. Plan accordingly as it will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Immediately following the panel is a reception for early career obesity professionals. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be available. You do not have to attend the Industry Panel to come to the reception, but those who are interested in learning more about careers in industry will have the opportunity to speak with our corporate sponsors in this relaxed setting. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Both events are free and all are welcome to attend. Make sure to sign up for both events when registration opens in June.

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ObesityWeek... known by no other name
TOS &ASMBS
During the past several years, a trend has emerged where for-profit companies started reaching into the nonprofit world to host scientific meetings on obesity research and treatment. Some of these meetings are named so similarly that many in the field are confused into attending the wrong meeting. Given the concern, ObesityWeek partners aim to ensure our members, colleagues and other potential attendees recognize ObesityWeek 2016 as the combined annual conference of TOS and ASMBS – rather than by any other name.

Per TOS past president, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, "Misled attendees also pay an opportunity cost, as they likely miss attending the authentic scientific conference they were looking for, which would have probably cost less."

Here are some of the meetings not be confused with ObesityWeek:
  • OMICS 6th World Congress on Obesity, Aug. 8 – 12, Toronto, Canada
  • 7th Obesity & Endocrinology Specialists Annual Meeting, Oct. 10 – 12, Manchester, U.K.
  • 8th Global Obesity Meeting, Nov. 14 – 15, Dubai, UAE
  • MomentEra Global Congress on Obesity, Nov. 21 – 23, Dubai, UAE
  • 9th International Conference on Obesity Medicine, Nov. 28 – 29, Melbourne, Australia
  • 10th International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity & Weight Management, Dec. 8 – 10, Dallas, Texas
ObesityWeek 2016 is the only annual meeting of TOS and ASMBS, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Promoting people-first language at ObesityWeek 2016
TOS
Encouraging the use of people-first language in obesity has been a priority for TOS and ASMBS, especially at ObesityWeek where obesity research is so prominently displayed. People-first language places the focus on individuals who have a condition, rather than defining them as the condition. This can be easily examined by looking at "obese" (e.g., obese children) compared to obesity (e.g., children with obesity).

With preparations under way for ObesityWeek 2016, we want to encourage those attending to ensure appropriate use of people-first language. This meeting serves as a critical opportunity to promote by example. Recognizing the importance of the issue will hopefully lead to improved use of people first language in ObesityWeek 2016.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Why the conversation about obesity needs to change
New York Magazine
When you lose weight, your body not only needs fewer calories to begin with, because it's smaller, but there's also a survival response that makes maintaining your new number extra hard: Your metabolism slows down and your hunger hormones go up. Your body fights to get you back to where you were, even if it's not a weight that would be considered healthy. Experts in weight management know about these bummer metabolic adaptations and tell their patients about them upfront, says W. Scott Butsch, an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at the Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. But the public doesn't often hear this message, and the lack of knowledge does no favors for the perception of obesity, and obese people.
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Converting cells to burn fat, not store it
ScienceDaily
Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In a study published in the journal Genes & Development, a team led by researchers from the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University focus on a protein known as folliculin and its role in regulating the activity of fat cells. By knocking out the gene that produces folliculin in fat cells in mice, the researchers triggered a series of biomolecular signals that switched the cells from storing fat to burning it.
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Researchers find potential breakthrough in binge-eating disorder treatment
Medical Xpress
Transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, has proved effective for binge-eating disorder for the first time, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. tDCS is a type of neuromodulator that delivers constant, low-current electricity to a targeted portion of the brain. While it has been tested and proved effective for many disorders and health issues, including depression, Parkinson's disease and autism, this UAB study is the first to effectively prove its potential as a treatment in patients with binge-eating disorder, or BED.
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Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer
National Institutes of Health
A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. The risk of developing seven cancer types was 20 percent lower among the most active participants as compared with the least active participants. These findings, from researchers at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society, confirm and extend the evidence for a benefit of physical activity on cancer risk and support its role as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention and control efforts.
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Obesity may pose lower mortality risk than previously thought
Healio
The BMI value linked to the lowest all-cause mortality among Danish adults has increased in the past 40 years, indicating a possible need for a revision of the definition of BMI categories, according to recent study findings. "Compared to the 1970s, today's overweight individuals have lower mortality than so-called normal-weight individuals," Børge G. Nordestgaard, M.D., DMSc, professor of genetic epidemiology at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, said in a press release. "The reason for this change is unknown."
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Another ding for the Body Mass Index
ConscienHealth
A study published by JAMA about the relationship between body mass index and mortality puts another ding in the already dubious practice of using BMI by itself as a measure of health. And along the way, the research was twisted into some pretty bad headlines. The study examined the relationship between body mass and all-cause mortality in three cohorts of individuals in Denmark over a period of three decades. The objective was to determine the BMI associated with the lowest mortality rate in each of the three decades studied. The study found that the BMI with the lowest mortality increased from 23.7 in the 1976-78 cohort to 27.0 in the 2003-2013 cohort.
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BMI 27: The new normal?
MedPage Today
The body-mass index value associated with the lowest risk for all-cause mortality is now 27, up from 24 in the 1970s, according to a large Danish cohort study. That means the lowest-risk BMI is now in the overweight category, said Børge Nordestgaard, M.D., of Copenhagen University, Denmark, and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, compared to BMIs in the conventional normal range, the hazard ratio for all-cause mortality associated with a BMI of 30 or higher has dropped from 1.3 to about 1.0 over the same time period, the Danish scientists said.
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