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Louisiana governor declares Oct. 30 – Nov. 5 Obesity Care Week
TOS
As the second annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) draws closer to coincide with ObesityWeek℠ 2016, the founding partners are thrilled to announce that the State of Louisiana has declared Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2016 as “Obesity Care Week.” The founding partners, including The Obesity Society, reached out to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards who officially passed the proclamation, which urges that "healthcare professionals, policymakers, patients and families regard obesity with the same level of seriousness with which other chronic diseases are regarded."

Louisiana has the fourth highest obesity rate in the U.S., making this recognition especially poignant as NOCW aims to raise awareness of the need for a comprehensive approach to care for those living with the disease of obesity.

Last year, NOCW was recognized by the city of Los Angeles, California, where ObesityWeek 2015 was held. If you’re interested in joining or contributing to NOCW efforts, find out more here.

One way to get involved is to participate and inspire your colleagues to engage in the "Take 5" challenge, which aims to help healthcare providers have a productive conversation about obesity in ways that will support patients and change practices. As obesity professionals, you are best positioned to share with your peers the importance of providing comprehensive care to people living with obesity. It takes only five minutes to become a brand ambassador and start the conversation.
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Last Chance: Advance registration closes on Oct. 21
ASMBS & TOS
Register by Oct. 21 to take advantage of advanced registration discounts. ObesityWeek registration takes less than 10 minutes. 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!

Download the mobile app
You can now access the full ObesityWeek program in your pocket by downloading the mobile app in Google Play or the App Store. Download the app before the conference to plan your schedule, and then use it throughout the week to take notes, connect with attendees explore exhibitor lists, maps and more.

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Continue learning beyond ObesityWeek with On Demand
ASMBS & TOS
ObesityWeek On Demand is a comprehensive CME-accredited program with approximately 120 hours of presentations from ObesityWeek 2016, delivering a multi-track schedule of topics including abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses and video sessions.

On Demand’s technology makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere. Your order includes a USB drive so you can access your sessions even when an internet connection isn’t available. Here’s how easy it is to use.

OnDemand includes:
  • Slides with synchronized audio – It’s like being at the live meeting.
  • Online access from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Start watching on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.
  • CME Credits Available. Watch a session and then click on the CME Test button. Earning credits is easy, fast and convenient.
  • PDFs of presentations are easily downloaded onto your computer for easier review and note taking.
  • MP3 audio files can be loaded onto your favorite MP3 player, so you can listen to sessions while on-the-go.
Pre-order by Nov. 4 and pay only $599 to experience this unique, international event in the comfort of your own home. That’s a $600 savings off the regular price!

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ASMBS and TOS offer joint sessions spanning obesity care
ASMBS & TOS
TOS and ASMBS partnership has allowed us to offer joint sessions that cover the full spectrum of obesity for ObesityWeek attendees, including basic scientists, neuroscientists, clinicians, surgeons, integrated health professionals, population researchers and policymakers. Here are a few of the symposia with a focus on transdisciplinary care:
  • Weight regain with bariatric surgery – Weight regain is a challenge for many obesity therapeutics, including bariatric surgery. This symposium will present the biological barriers to long-term, weight-loss maintenance and discuss how metabolic adaptations to weight loss can lead to weight regain. Speakers in this session will also discuss two different surgical approaches and the use of pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapies to improve long-term outcomes.
  • Measuring core variables in adult weight-loss trials – In this session, speakers will discuss individual variability in weight control success following behavioral and pharmacological treatment, as well as bariatric surgery. Rational for using core constructs and measures for long-term, weight-loss trials will be discussed, followed by speakers engaging in a panel discussion.

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IH Presidential Address and IH Keynote Speaker
ASMBS

Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN
Join Integrated Health President Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN, for the annual IH Presidential Address. In addition, ASMBS is proud to host Dr. Kelly Brownell, PhD, as the IH Keynote Speaker. Dr. Brownell is the Vice President of the Community Health at Kaiser Permanente, and has more than 20 years conducting research on obesity. Two CEU credits are available for attending the IH Presidential Address and Keynote Speaker session, which will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 1:30 pm.

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ADOPT Core Measures Project: Share your input on obesity core measures by Oct. 28
TOS
The Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict Obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures Project aims to advance adult obesity treatment in the face of well-documented individual variability in response to treatment. To achieve this goal, the National Institutes of Health tasked the ADOPT Working Group with identifying an initial core set of high-priority measures that when used consistently in studies can facilitate the identification of replicable predictors or moderators of treatment response.

The ADOPT Working Group launched this process by entering potential predictors and mediators into the Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM) Database. GEM provides an online venue for you and other scientists to provide feedback on the potential measures, which are organized in four workspaces: As the next step in this process, the ADOPT Working Group needs your input regarding the measures entered in GEM. More details and instructions can be found by following the above links.

The deadline to provide input is right around the corner. We invite you to provide input through GEM by Oct. 28. The ADOPT Working Group will consider your input as it develops an initial list of measures to present at a joint TOS and ASMBS session during ObesityWeek on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8:00 – 9:30am. Your input is needed for the success of this project!

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Learn to leverage communications & media to support your work
TOS
ObesityWeek attendees can take advantage of TOS media and communications workshop, where noted communications experts Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander will share strategies and tips to help you successfully promote your science among the media. At this session you will learn how to integrate social media into your outreach efforts and the best ways to communicate with reporters. The experts will share public speaking tips and provide guidance on effective one-on-one meetings.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 12:00pm! This session is a great refresher for both media-savvy obesity experts and those new to working with media.

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What are you looking forward to most at ObesityWeek 2016?
ASMBS & TOS
Tell your colleagues what you’re most excited about at ObesityWeek via social media! Tweet, post or email "What I'm most excited about #OW2016 is/are..." You could be featured on our Twitter or Facebook page and/or in a conference email. Find out more about how to stay connected with ObesityWeek online or contact us with any questions: Reba Hernandez, ASMBS, at reba@asmbs.org, or TOS at TOScommunications@obesity.org.
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Our bookstore wants your publication
ASMBS
ASMBS speakers, authors and members can sell books and other publications in our bookstore. Make your book, tape, CD, DVD or other publication available for purchase during ObesityWeek. If you are interested, please complete the Bookstore Agreement Form and email to amie@asmbs.org or fax to 352-331-4975 by Friday, Oct. 21.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


More evidence links obesity to a certain type of cancer
HealthDay via CBS News
Having a large waistline, a high body mass index and type 2 diabetes, may raise your risk for liver cancer, a new study suggests.
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More than willpower: Weight loss makes us hungrier – Even when we don't know it's happening
Medical Daily
Our battle against the bulge may be futile, new research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health suggests, thanks to a treacherous traitor – our very own bodies. Researchers reexamined data from an earlier randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of patients with Type 2 diabetes. The patients in the treatment group had been given an experimental drug that caused them to urinate out more glucose than normal, meaning they took in fewer calories even as their diets remained the same. Over the course of six months, the treatment group first experienced drastic weight loss followed by steady weight regain, according to the study.
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WHO recommends all nations tax sugary drinks up to 50 percent
Forbes
A new report released by the World Health Organization urged governments around the world to tax a wide variety of sugary drinks "in the range of 20-50 percent," to "lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay." The report also found “strong evidence that subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables that reduce prices by 10 to 30 percent are effective in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.”
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Commentary: Taking the next step to help patients with obesity
Endocrine News
Caroline Apovian writes: "Through my work as an obesity medicine physician I have had the pleasure (and shared in the frustration) of helping patients with obesity reduce the day-to-day consequences of this debilitating disease. I hear frequently from my colleagues about the difficult task they face when treating patients with obesity, and worse, the more than 30 related conditions. I agree, it is not an easy task. For too long our healthcare system has been focused on treating the many common conditions that come as a result of obesity, rather than the disease itself."
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PepsiCo ramps up push to cut added sugars in beverages
Advertising Age
PepsiCo ramped up its pledge to reduce the number of sugary beverages it sells over the next decade as governments increasingly tax soft drinks and fruit juices in an attempt to reduce obesity and diabetes. At least two-thirds of the company's beverage volume will have no more than 100 calories from added sugars per 12-ounce serving by 2025, the company said in a statement.
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Are stress and obesity related?
Psychology Today
Researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role in obesity. Along with the familiar phenomenon of "stress eating" and binging, stress is also believed to affect the body's metabolism, including those processes underlying how our bodies process nutrients. Despite various attempts at determining the exact mechanism linking stress and metabolism however, researchers have had little success. But a new study by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem may change all that.
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Bariatric surgery helps forestall gout
MedPage Today
Obese individuals who underwent bariatric surgery had a 34 percent decreased likelihood of subsequently developing gout, a Swedish study found. During up to 26 years of follow-up, there were 138 new cases of gout among patients who had the surgery compared with 201 cases in a matched, non-surgery group, according to Lena M.S. Carlsson, M.D., of the University of Gothenburg, and colleagues.
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'Mindfulness'-based approach could help you stay slim
HealthDay News
A weight-loss therapy that focuses on personal values and "mindful" decision-making may help people shed more pounds, a new clinical trial suggests. Over one year, people who received the therapy lost more than 13 percent of their initial weight, on average. To put that into perspective, current behavioral therapies typically help people drop 5 percent to 8 percent of their starting weight, the study authors said.
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NDSU investigator receives $3.7 million grant for bariatric surgery research
North Dakota State University via The Medical News
Some patients who undergo weight loss surgery to combat obesity don't lose the pounds they expect or they gain weight back. A team of researchers at seven institutions across the United States is working to find out why. Kristine Steffen, PharmD., Ph.D., in North Dakota State University's College of Health Professions, is receiving a $3.7 million, five-year grant award for a study that examines how biological and behavioral factors interact in determining the success of bariatric surgery.
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Bariatric surgery 'powerful' tool for understanding biology of obesity
Healio
A physiological regulation of energy balance drives most obesogenic behavior, and bariatric surgery is likely to best option to "rewire the body" to respond to environmental factors in a healthier way, according to a speaker at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress. Bariatric surgery has unique capabilities that are not seen with other weight-loss options available to patients with obesity, particularly restrictive dieting, Lee Kaplan, M.D., a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said during a presentation.
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