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Submit your late-breaking research to ObesityWeek
Do you have new data that was not available during the regular TOS and ASMBS abstract submission periods? There is still time to submit your research for presentation at ObesityWeek.

ASMBS presents new Late-Breaking News and Novel Procedures session

Breakthroughs in surgical techniques lead to higher success rates and better patient outcomes. The place to present and explore such advances in bariatric surgery is the Late-Breaking News and Novel Procedures session, a new session at ObesityWeek introduced by ASMBS. Abstract submissions are being accepted now until July 19. This deadline is fast approaching, and spots are limited. Find more details here and contact Teresa White at for further information.

TOS's late breaking abstract submission site opens August 3-17
If you collected new data after May 11, you may participate in TOS's late-breaking abstract submission process, Aug. 3 – 17. Late breaking abstracts must describe new and high impact research based on data that was not available for the May deadline. Find out more.

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Don't delay! Registration and housing are available for ObesityWeek 2015
Step 1. Register for ObesityWeek 2015
Step 2. Book Your Hotel Room

With registration for ObesityWeek 2015 now open, it's time to start thinking about your conference housing. Blocks of rooms at discounted rates have been reserved at select Los Angeles hotels for attendees and exhibitors. Many of these hotels are just a short walk from the LA Convention Center, and others provide regular shuttle services for guests.

Attendees will be provided a link to access the ObesityWeek 2015 lodgings portal upon confirmation of registration.

Don't forget — TOS and ASMBS members get an even steeper discount on registration. Find out more about how to join and save here.

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30+ live surgeries to see at ObesityWeek 2015
ASMBS – Program Feature
Mark your calendars to attend the many live surgeries planned for ObesityWeek 2015. More than 30 live surgery cases will be aired, a record number for an ASMBS event. Experts around the world perform the surgeries, with the majority taking place in California.

The live surgeries will be held during two pre-conference courses and one scientific session.
  • As part of a course on revisions and conversions, being called "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", attendees will watch difficult surgeries where surgeons must convert to a new procedure or make revisions.
  • In the "Not as Easy as it Seems" course, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries, including conversions and revisions, will be done using various techniques.
  • In the scientific session "State of the Art", attendees will see three hours of special, unusual and new techniques related to bariatric surgery, including endoscopic and robotic techniques.
Find our more here. Please note that faculty is subject to change without notice.

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Evidence-based childhood obesity treatment: Improving access and systems of care
TOS – Program Feature
Contributed by Sarah Barlow, MD, MPH

Throughout the country, clinical providers and healthcare systems are struggling to provide effective treatment for obesity in childhood. On Thursday, Nov. 6, a symposium at ObesityWeek will present a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2-day conference "Evidence-based childhood obesity treatment: Improving access and systems of care." At this conference, funded by a grant from AHRQ and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, the Pediatric Obesity Section of The Obesity Society, and the Institute of Medicine's Innovation Collaborative on Integrated Clinical and Social Systems for the Prevention and Management of Obesity, leaders from a host of invested disciplines focused on the promise of and barriers to delivering evidence-based treatment to children with obesity and their families in order to develop a strategy to address the gap between need and access to care.

Participants included research leaders in family-based behavioral treatment, physicians with clinical programs, and representatives from critical stakeholders, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Psychological Association, Children’s Hospital Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Council on Exercise, Medicaid at both a federal and state level, YMCA, hospital administrators, obesity advocacy groups, patient representatives, and health economists. Denise Wilfley, PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, is PI on the grant, with support from Sandy Hassink, MD, Stephen Cook, MD, William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Jeanne Lindros, MPH, and Amanda Staiano, PhD. The symposium will give insight into the barriers to and facilitators of implementation of USPSTF recommendations for multi-component treatment for childhood obesity in the current health care economic environment.

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Nov. 2 & 3: TOS gets you ready for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam
Certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. Here's what you need to know about the 2015 certification exam:
  • The exam will be offered December 5-12, 2015 at computer-based testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • The application deadline is August 24, 2015.
  • You can access the application portal here.
  • You can learn more about ABOM eligibility requirements here.
  • Before you can take the ABOM Certification Exam in December, you must obtain 60 CME credits.
As a pre-conference to ObesityWeek, TOS offers a Review Course for the ABOM exam for 15.5 CME credits. Taught by the industry's top educators, the Course is designed to strengthen physicians' obesity knowledge and offers sample exam questions, didactic lectures, and a 100-page educational workbook for attendees to take home.

ObesityWeek attendees may use the CME credits from the meeting to count toward their 60 CME credits required to sit for the ABOM exam, even though the conference takes place after ABOM's final application deadline of August 24. Find out more.

Register for ObesityWeek 2015 and TOS's Review Course for the ABOM Exam here.

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Level 2 partners host specialized symposia
ObesityWeek is pleased to announce our nine Level 2 partners for our 2015 conference. Look forward to specialized learning opportunities in obesity-related sessions coordinated by these leading partner organizations.
  • Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics WM DPG
  • American Heart Association/Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health/Obesity Committee
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
  • International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient
  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior
  • World Obesity Federation
More details on partner symposia are coming soon!

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Experts debate metabolically healthy obesity at ObesityWeek
TOS – Program Feature
A recent NHANES analysis showed that 17% of adults with obesity in the U.S. were metabolically healthy. Who are they? Are they biologically different? Are they resistant to obesity associated morbidity and mortality, or are they ticking time bombs?

Dozens of papers have appeared that address these issues, many in very prominent journals. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, ObesityWeek attendees will have an opportunity to hear two sides of this topic during the debate, "Should the metabolically healthy with obesity/overweight be recommended for weight loss?"

This is an opportunity for health care providers and researchers to think through the issues and understand the science behind the arguments.

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For Type 2 diabetes, surgery may boost hope
Doctors usually advise patients with Type 2 diabetes to eat better and exercise more, but these lifestyle changes may not be enough in some cases. A new study found that weight loss surgery may be more effective in treating Type 2 diabetes than lifestyle changes alone.
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CDC: Only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and veggies
HealthDay News via MSN
Only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, a new government report shows. Just 13 percent of U.S. residents consume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The news on the vegetable front was even worse. Less than 9 percent of Americans eat two to three cups of vegetables every day as recommended, the report showed.
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How to talk about obesity
The Huffington Post
A thoughtful article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compares the process of building proficiency in patient communication with surgery: both require a methodical approach that includes training, study, preparation, practice, and continual attention to improvement. Yet, while we intuitively appreciate the need to systematically learn and practice the mechanics of surgical procedures, we don't put the same emphasis on building and refining patient communication skills, especially when it comes to the complex subject of obesity.
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If current trends hold, childhood obesity will hit 70 million by 2025, warns UN health agency
Bloomberg Business
Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization said today, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. "Childhood obesity can erode the benefits that arrive with social and economic progress," WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan told the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which is meeting in Hong Kong. "Childhood obesity must be accepted as a significant and urgent threat to health that is relevant in all countries. Governments must take the lead."
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Few people heading toward diabetes know it
Only about one in eight people with so-called pre-diabetes, often a precursor to full-blown disease, know they have a problem, a U.S. study found. Lacking awareness, people with the elevated blood sugar levels were also less likely to make lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise or eating less sugary food that might prevent them from ultimately becoming diabetic.
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Initial weight loss could predict long-term success
New research using data from the reputable Look AHEAD study suggests doctors may want to look at results from a patient's first two months of intensive lifestyle intervention to help predict his or her long-term success. These secondary analyses conducted by Unick and colleagues published in the July issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society examined the association between initial weight loss (first two months of treatment) and long-term weight loss (eight years after initial treatment).
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