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Experience Mardi Gras and New Orleans Jazz at ObesityWeek℠ social events
TOS & ASMBS
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.
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Donate to 2nd annual National Obesity Care Week, help ignite a national movement to improve obesity care
TOS & ASMBS
National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), the only awareness week dedicated to creating a national movement to improve obesity treatment and care, needs your help. NOCW was founded by The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery last year. Through the collective efforts of all who support this Campaign, NOCW can make a difference by:
  • Generating broad awareness of the complexity of obesity as a disease, and reinforcing the tremendous unmet needs among those who struggle
  • Sensitizing people to the role bias plays in preventing access to respectful, adequate medical care
  • Educating about effective obesity management strategies across the continuum of learning—from students to established healthcare professionals
  • Encouraging use of resources and tools to improve patients’ understanding of the full range of treatment options
  • Increasing comfort level in discussing and/or treating obesity in the medical setting
We urge you to join us to Change the Way We Care for those affected by obesity. Make a donation today online.

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ObesityWeek advanced registration closes Oct. 21
TOS & ASMBS
Register for ObesityWeek by Oct. 21 to take advantage of advanced registration discounts. ObesityWeek registration takes less than 10 minutes. Whether you're a researcher, clinician or integrated health professional, you can get the professional development you need to advance your career at ObesityWeek in New Orleans, Nov. 1 – Nov. 4. Don't forget to join TOS or ASMBS to save even more on registration prices.

Once you’ve registered, be sure to book your room for ObesityWeek. There are still a few rooms available at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the ObesityWeek headquarter hotel, but they are going fast! All hotels are within walking distance of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The deadline to book your room at a discounted rate is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Explore the online schedule, find out more about pricing and register today at ObesityWeek.com.

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Don't miss TOS's Opening Session at ObesityWeek, featuring a live jazz band and cash bar!
TOS
When booking your travel for ObesityWeek 2016, be sure to arrive in New Orleans in time for TOS’s Opening Session on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 5:00 – 6:30pm. This year’s TOS Opening Session will include a live jazz band and a cash bar to welcome you to the meeting in New Orleans style. The session will also include TOS award presentations and the early career grant challenge, where early career obesity professionals will pitch their research ideas to a panel of judges and the audience for a chance to win a research grant prize.

After the Opening Session, join conference attendees for the ObeistyWeek Welcome Reception from 7:00 – 9:00pm featuring hors d’ouvres and mingling with other obesity professionals.

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Mark your calendars for the ASMBS Featured Integrated Health Course: Multimodal Therapies
ASMBS
This pre-conference course on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 1:30 – 5:30pm is ideal for Integrated Health professionals interested in weight management therapy. It will analyze and discuss the range of weight management therapies available, such as standalone therapies and combination therapies. There are 3.50 CEU credits offered.
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Don't miss this year's TOS/ASMBS joint sessions
TOS & ASMBS
This year at ObesityWeek, TOS and ASMBS will be holding three joint sessions. In these sessions, TOS and ASMBS experts will: TOS and ASMBS also worked together this year to create an hour-long keynote discussion session designed to engage the full spectrum of ObesityWeek attendees: basic scientists, neuroscientists, clinicians, surgeons, integrated health professionals, population researchers and policy makers. The session will include a panel of leading scientists from TOS and ASMBS who will discuss a challenging case study with audience participation. The case will touch on complex issues related to surgery, weight loss and/or regain. This exciting discussion will take place on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11:00am – 12:00pm.
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Stay connected with ObesityWeek
TOS & ASMBS
Excited about ObesityWeek? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and then tell us what you are most excited about. Can’t wait to hear the latest research at the Scientific Sessions? Excited to connect with peers at the social events? Tell us using the hashtag #OW2016 to be featured on ObesityWeek's official Twitter account.

You can also sign up to receive ObesityWeek email updates, and keep an eye out for the ObesityWeek mobile app (coming soon!).

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New ObesityWeek Student Housing Forum makes it easier to find other students staying in New Orleans
TOS
On behalf of ObesityWeek, TOS has created a new Student Housing Forum in TOS Connect to help meeting attendees connect with other students looking for shared housing at ObesityWeek 2016, in New Orleans, LA. In the Forum, you have the opportunity to connect with other students and post requests for shared housing.

To access the Forum, first register for the meeting and then look for the link to the ObesityWeek Student Housing Forum on the confirmation webpage. Already registered? Look for an email with instructions explaining how to access the Forum. Additional ObesityWeek hotel information is available here.

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TOS and ASMBS members, our bookstores want your publications
TOS & ASMBS
Make your book, tape, CD, DVD or other publication available for purchase during ObesityWeek. If you are interested in selling your book at the ASMBS bookstore, please complete the Bookstore Agreement Form and email to amie@asmbs.org or fax to 352-331-4975 by Friday, Oct. 7. If you are interested in selling your book at TOS’s bookstore, please contact hemsath@msn.com.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Bariatric surgery: The solution to obesity?
The New Yorker
"Half my life has been about trying to lose weight," Henry Roberts said. He was telling me about his decision to have a surgery that would reduce the size of his stomach by 75 percent. Roberts (a pseudonym) is five feet six, and when we met he weighed two hundred and seventy pounds, giving him a body-mass index of 44; a BMI. between 18 1/2 and 25 is considered healthy. "I tried every diet, every regimen. I even had urine from a pregnant woman injected into me—that was a fad once. Have you ever tried a Weight Watchers cannoli? Weight Watchers didn’t work for me, either, and I found the meetings humiliating." Roberts, who is 68 and retired from his job as a public-school guidance counselor, lives in an immaculate, art-crowded apartment in the West Village.
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An app to stop cheating on a diet
The Inquirer via Philly.com
More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. But most of those who are trying to lose weight are probably failing, given the bleak data on people who manage to keep off excess weight. One of the many aids developed to help are weight loss apps for smartphones. Their usefulness is mixed, but the hunt is on to find more effective tools.
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Get ready for ObesityWeek 2016
Bariatric News
Get a glimpse into the future of obesity research and treatment when more than 1,000 research abstracts are presented on new and emerging obesity treatments, the science of weight loss, new prevention strategies, metabolic surgery, the genetics of obesity and public policy at the largest international conference on obesity. Thousands of leading researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals will gather for the fourth annual ObesityWeek conference at the New Orleans Ernest N Morial Convention Center in Louisiana from Oct.31 – Nov. 4 2016. The weeklong conference will feature the largest exhibit hall of its kind, showcasing the latest innovative products, services and technologies from obesity-focused companies and organizations worldwide.
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How one advocacy group plans to battle weight bias in media
Miami Herald
Obesity is a disease whose sufferers are no different from those afflicted with breast cancer or asthma, James Zervios maintains, but you wouldn’t know that from the way they are portrayed in media. Stock images of obese people that accompany stories about weight often depict them as deranged over-eaters, lazy couch potatoes or lumpy, headless bodies, he said. "They’re choosing these pictures that are really stigmatizing, when we know people with obesity have active lives. They’re firemen. They’re policemen. They’re productive members of society. They eat food in a normal way. And, of course, every one of them has a head," Zervios said.
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Rapid improvement in insulin sensitivity with bariatric surgery
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
For obese patients without diabetes, bariatric surgery improves insulin sensitivity, with more pronounced improvements for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass than for laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, according to a study published online Aug. 29 in Diabetes Care. Amalia Gastaldelli, Ph.D., from the CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology in Pisa, Italy, and colleagues compared the short-term effects of bariatric surgical procedures with a very low caloric intake on IS and insulin secretion.
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FDA approves swallowable intragastric balloon for obesity
Healio
The FDA has approved the Obalon Balloon System, a swallowable intragastric balloon for weight loss in adults with obesity for whom diet and exercise has failed, the manufacturer announced. The Obalon Balloon System involves a balloon folded within a capsule that is swallowed and inflated with gas by a micro-catheter once it reaches the stomach, according to a press release. Two additional balloons are then swallowed and inflated over the next three months, and all three balloons are then endoscopically removed after the six-month treatment period. The treatment is intended to be paired with a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program.
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Obesity score 3-2 for the Affordable Care Act
ConscienHealth
Speaking at the 13th Annual Bariatric Summit in Nashville recently, Ted Kyle tallied a score of three pluses and two minuses for people living with obesity under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. On the plus side of the ledger, Kyle identified three key gains, while two glaring negatives offset the gains.
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