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Tonight: Welcome Reception at Museum of Science
ASMBS & TOS
ObesityWeek kicks into full swing tonight at the Boston Museum of Science! The Welcome Reception brings together all TOS and ASMBS attendees for a great chance to network, meet new friends and explore the obesity exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while exploring one of the fascinating exhibits.

One complimentary ticket to this event is included in your Scientific Sessions registration. Additional tickets may be purchased at registration, or at the door. Your Badge is required for admission.

The Welcome Reception is the first of several events that bring TOS and ASMBS together during this historic conference. Don't forget to join us tomorrow morning at 8:00am for our Welcome and Keynote Speaker, C. Ronald Kahn, MD. And remember: during scientific sessions, you are free to move between TOS and ASMBS scientific sessions and customize your schedule to fit your interests. ObesityWeek is just getting started!
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Why are you excited about ObesityWeek 2014?
TOS
TOS Leadership Responds!
Tell us what you're most excited about in the comment section below the video!

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Sleeve Gastrectomy: Difficult Patient, Difficult Situations
ASMBS
Sleeve gastrectomy has rapidly gained popularity to become the most frequently performed metabolic operation in the world. This operation is simple in concept but is filled with technical nuances, which can result in unexpected complications.

ASMBS has included a course at ObesityWeek that aims to help you handle difficult patients and difficult situations related to Sleeve Gastrectomy. Join the course today at 1:30pm - 5:30pm in Room 205ABC. Stop by registration to add this course to your schedule and join ASMBS’ expert faculty for this in-depth educational course.

This course includes discussion of topics including Children and the Sleeve, Diabetes and the Sleeve, Surgical Management of Leaks, Management of Strictures, and more. View a full course description online at obesityweek.com or in your ObesityWeek Mobile App.

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Obesity Action Coalition Thanks Novo Nordisk, Eisai and Arena Pharmaceuticals for Sponsorship of YWMLocal — Boston 2014
Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
Yesterday, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) hosted its first regional event, YWMLocal — Boston, and invited individuals from the Greater Boston area to join in a FREE half-day patient educational event. YWMLocal — Boston 2014 was modeled after the highly successful OAC National Convention and aims to bring the powerful Your Weight Matters message into the local community.

Despite the snow, yesterday's event welcomed 100+ individuals eager to learn about how weight impacts health, along with a variety of re+ated topics in the areas of nutrition, exercise, evidence-based treatment options, and much more! The OAC is tremendously grateful for the support of the YWMLocal — Boston 2014 Sponsors, whose generous support made this successful event possible. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Novo Nordisk (Gold), Eisai (Silver), Arena Pharmaceuticals (Bronze). For complete information on YWMLocal, please visit www.YWMLocal.com.

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Three Hot-Topic Obesity Forums: Pharma/Device, Food Industry & Advocacy
TOS
Don't miss the three hot-topic obesity forums taking place today (Monday, Nov. 3):
  • Pharmaceutical Forum: Noon – 1:30pm: Get details on the latest developments in obesity treatment.
  • Food Industry Forum: 1:45 - 3:15pm: Calorie labeling is an emerging strategy to enhance consumer understanding of the energy density of food products. During this session, experts will review current calorie labeling policies, the food industry's experience and consumer response.
  • Advocacy Forum: 3:30 - 5:00pm: As we continue to build the evidence base in obesity, translating that knowledge into policy is a challenge that is met with varying degrees of success. Experts will review and discuss scientific, ethical, and political considerations for meeting that challenge.
Admission to these sessions is included in the cost of scientific sessions registration.

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TOS Opening Session at 5:15pm: Gary Foster Awarded Bray Award
TOS
Don’t miss tonight's TOS Opening Session at ObesityWeek! This session — which includes an update from TOS President Steven Smith, MD, and the announcement of various TOS awards and grants — will be held at 5:15pm in the East & West Ballrooms of the BCEC.

This year, TOS is pleased to award Gary Foster, PhD, the George A. Bray Founders Award. At tonight's Session, Dr. Foster will receive his award and then give his lecture, "Making Effective Solutions Scalable: Are We There Yet." More information about his award is available here.

Congratulations to the additional grant recipients honored at the Session, who include:
  • 2014 Early-Career Research Grant — Courtney Peterson, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • 2014 Early-Career Research Grant — Christina Roberto, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health
  • 2014 Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant — Evan Forman, PhD, Drexel University
  • 2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant — Dexi Liu, PhD, University of Georgia
More information about the grant recipients is available here.

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Obesity Treatment Recommended for 65% of Americans
TOS
New research released this morning at ObesityWeek shows that 140 million American adults — about 65 percent — are recommended for behavioral weight loss treatment, with 83% of those (or 116 million) considered for pharmacotherapy. Thirty-two million adults recommended for both pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment are also potential candidates for bariatric surgery.

To conduct the study, researchers used data from the 2007 – 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to estimate the proportion of adults in the US recommended for treatment based on the Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults released by TOS, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology last year.

This study will be presented during a poster session in the ObesityWeek Exhibit Hall at noon on Thursday, November 6 in Boston, Mass. More information is available here.

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Strategies to Address Added Sugar Consumption
TOS
As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research confirms that this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades. The study details an increase in added sugars consumed by American adults by more than 30% (228 calories per day in 1977 compared to 283 calories in 2009-2010). During that same time period, calories from added sugars consumed by children increased by approximately 20% (277 to 329 calories per day). TOS's Pediatric Obesity Section has recognized this research with a Poster of Excellence Award, and the study will be presented in a poster session on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 pm in the ObesityWeek Exhibit Hall.

In addition to efforts by the FDA to include added sugars on nutrition labels, other innovative solutions include limiting the amount of added sugar allowed in the food supply, using a cap-and-trade policy, similar to those used for environmental pollutants. Researchers Kristina Lewis, MD, MPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, of Stanford University also unveiled a study this week that evaluates how cap and trade might impact caloric consumption and obesity rates, compared to other measures such as taxes on sugar or sugar-sweetened beverages. This study will be highlighted in an oral presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 pm.

Additional information about both studies is available here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The Obesity Society recognizes significant contributions to obesity research and treatment with 2014 awards and grants
TOS
Each year The Obesity Society promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity through its annual awards and grants program. The recipients of this year's awards and grants will be honored during ObesityWeek℠ in Boston from Nov. 2 – 7, 2014. ObesityWeek is the premier annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals, and is the largest meeting of its kind dedicated to obesity research, treatment and prevention.
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Study confirms obesity-breast cancer link for some
HealthDay News via WebMD
Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show. One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women.
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6 sessions not to miss at ObesityWeek 2014
ConscienHealth
With six different tracks and a multitude of specials speakers and symposia, ObesityWeek 2014 provides more information than one person can possibly consume. Here are six sessions — one for each day — that are worth penciling in your schedule.
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Orexigen announces Contrave® data presentations at the ObesityWeek meeting in Boston
MarketWatch
Orexigen Therapeutics announced three Contrave® (naltrexone HCI and bupropion HCI) and two disease awareness abstracts have been accepted for poster presentations at the upcoming ObesityWeek meeting. This meeting will be held Nov. 2-7, 2014 in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.
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