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Last chance for registration discounts at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
ASMBS & TOS
Advance registration for ObesityWeek closes Oct. 30! Attendees who wish to register after Oct. 30 will need to do so on-site. Registration is still accessible at the ObesityWeek website. Register now to avoid lines and increased pricing on-site.

This year at ObesityWeek, Program Books and Abstract Books need to be pre-ordered online with registration. A limited quantity will be available to those who register on-site.

Learn more about joining ASMBS and TOS to take advantage of special registration pricing.

Don't delay — register today!
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Check out the all-new Poster Education Theater at ObesityWeek
TOS
For the first time at our annual meeting, we have created a live oral poster pitch competition to be held during poster presentation times in the Exhibit Hall in the Poster Education Theater. Each day, the six top-ranked poster abstracts being presented in the traditional poster area that day will also be presented by the authors on stage using a 4-minute, 3-slide, oral format. We 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 new Poster Education Theater in the Exhibit Hall during the following times:
  • Wed, Nov. 4, 12:30-1:00pm
  • Thurs, Nov. 5, 6:30-7:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 6. 12:30-1:00pm
We hope to see you there!

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The Challenge: 42 million collective steps in 24-hours
ASMBS Foundation
In the United States more than 80% of adults do not get enough physical activity. Lack of exercise can lead to obesity (one of the leading causes of preventable death) and obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

On Monday, November 2, 2015 the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation is hosting a national pedometer challenge to bring attention to the obesity epidemic in America, and encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. We are asking YOU to help us meet our goal of 42 million steps (20,800 miles — the boundary of the United States) by pledging to track your step count on November 2nd, and submit your total by the end of the day. Registration is free and everyone is welcome to participate. Find out more.

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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 Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 – 7:30pm, and includes a panel discussion and Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the following panelists:
  • Gary Foster, PhD, FTOS, Weight Watchers
  • Richard Black, PhD, PepsiCo
  • Kelly Gilroy, PhD, Takeda
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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TOS Track 3 Feature: The gut microbiome, we are what they eat
Contributed by Christian Meyer, MD, PhD
Differences in bacterial species associated with the gut appear to be causally linked to adiposity and insulin resistance. Interventions that alter the gut microbiome, for example through diet and therapeutically modified bacteria, may hence be a viable approach for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

In this Interventional Track (Track 3) session, Dr. Sean Davies from Vanderbilt University will discuss the most recent findings on the relationship between gut microbiota, the environment and obesity, and how the gut microbiome may be engineered to prevent and treat this disease. Don't miss this informative lecture on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5:15 – 6:15pm.

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Calling all early career investigators: Register now for the Early Career Academic Pre-Conference Workshop
TOS
This free, pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 2:30 - 5:00pm will provide hands-on, interactive activities to help build attendees' confidence and skills as an early career investigator. Activities include a panel presentation on grant writing with NIH staff, and roundtable discussions on topics including building a research program, negotiating your first faculty position and writing high-impact manuscripts. All in academia or considering an academic path are invited!
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Add ObesityWeek On Demand to your regular registration now and save $800
ASMBS & TOS
ObesityWeek On Demand contains approximately 120 hours of ObesityWeek presentations covering a multi-track schedule of topics including abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses, video sessions and more.

ObesityWeek On Demand is a CME accredited online program that delivers the latest cutting edge science and clinical best practices presented during the meeting. ObesityWeek On Demand makes continuing education easy with online access, a USB drive for offline access and downloadable MP3 and PDF files.

TOS and ASMBS members can add ObesityWeek On Demand to their regular registration for just $299, a discount of $800 from the regular $1100 price. Order now and save.

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OAC hosts FREE one-day patient educational event at ObestityWeek
Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
In conjunction with Obesity Week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is offering individuals in the greater Los Angeles community the opportunity to learn at YWMLocal – Los Angeles 2015, a FREE half-day educational event presenting weight management strategies led by the country's leading experts, so attendees can rest assured that they are receiving information driven by science and research.

Attendees of YWMLocal – Los Angeles will receive valuable educational information on a broad spectrum of weight and health topics, including:
  • What weight management options to consider and how to choose the best option for you and your health
  • Helpful nutrition and dietary tips and guidelines
  • Motivating exercise information and demonstrations
  • Motivational and inspirational messages
  • And much more!
The OAC invites you to attend YWMLocal – Los Angeles 2015, a unique opportunity for you to learn information from your peers just as your patients do. The OAC also encourages you to share this event with your patients in or near the greater Los Angeles area, so they can join with you and take the next step in learning evidence-based information about their weight and health.

YWMLocal – Los Angeles 2015 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8:00am to noon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Register for this free event today!

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


New clues to how gene affects women's body shape, diabetes risk
HealthDay News via Health
Studies have shown that women with larger hips tend to have a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, and now scientists are getting a clearer picture of the genetics behind it all. Recent research has shown that a variant in a gene called KLF14 is associated with the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It also seems to be a master regulator of how and where a woman’s body stores fat: Women with one particular "allele," or version, of the gene variant tend to have slimmer hips, while women with another are more "pear-shaped."
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Mixed messages on sugary drinks may cause consumer confusion
Healio
Children and adults are consuming more sugar-sweetened beverages than ever, while the portion sizes of many sugary drinks have grown. According to the National Cancer Institute, 50 percent of people in the United States consume sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks on any given day, with 1 in 4 getting at least 200 calories from sugar-sweetened beverages.
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Obesity and food insecurity: A public health paradox
The Huffington Post
In September, the USDA issued a report with the finding that 14 percent of American households — 17.4 million families — were food insecure in 2014. "Food insecurity" means that these households had limited access to adequate food at some point during the year, due to lack of money or other resources. Last week, Hunger Action Month as well as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month came to a close.
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Weight-loss surgery may not increase health costs for diabetes
Reuters
Weight loss surgery may be a cost-effective way of lowering blood sugar for many diabetics, not just those who are severely obese, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers found that for people with diabetes, total healthcare costs did not rise in the years following weight-loss surgery, largely because of overall savings from less use of healthcare and medications. For people with normal or merely elevated blood sugar below the cut-off for diabetes, the surgery was linked to higher costs afterward.
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Lean times: Why was it easier to lose weight in the 80s?
The Guardian via MSN
It may be the final straw that kicks off intergenerational war. Hard-pressed millennials already resent their parents' generation for their free university education, generous pensions, higher employment rates and ownership of mansions they bought for £18.50. Now it turns out baby boomers even had it easier when it came to dieting. A new study has found those consuming a given number of calories were 10% heavier in 2008 than 1971.
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How screwy weekend eating may wreck your metabolism
Yahoo
Yes, the weekends are for relaxing — but letting your diet slide could spell trouble come Monday. In a new study in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers found that "metabolic jet lag" — a state of internal mayhem caused by switching both mealtimes and the number of hours during which you eat each day — is a common phenomenon after weekends, when all-over-the-place eating is the unfortunate norm.
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Why 'superfoods' aren't necessarily super for losing weight
The Huffington Post
As long as obesity remains a worldwide problem, there will be plenty of quick fixes marketed as the next great solution. Do this exercise. Try this supplement. Eat this food. Some of these "solutions" are obviously just gimmicks (we're looking at you Thigh Master, Shake Weight, and Ab Rocket), but what about all the hype surrounding certain "super" foods? Can eating more kiwi, avocado, grapefruit, pistachios or any other superfood really help anyone become healthier or lose weight?
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