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#OW2015 Research Spotlight: Do certain words entice us to eat high-calorie foods?
TOS
New research to be unveiled at ObesityWeek this week shows that brain responses to written food words differ between lean individuals and those with obesity, and suggests that both stress and genetics could influence excess eating.

The pair of studies led by Susan Carnell, PhD, member of The Obesity Society (TOS) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reinforces the need to better understand how the external food environment interacts with our biology, and may aid the development of behavioral interventions to help individuals with obesity or those at high risk for the disease. The findings will be unveiled during an oral presentation today at 3:30pm in LACC 502A, and a poster presentation tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at noon.

In recent years, obesity researchers have greatly enhanced our understanding of "food cues," which are internal or external environmental factors that influence the desire to eat. They come in many forms including emotions, images, smells, tastes and even food words. Food words could be considered a relatively minimal food cue compared with images or smells; however, because they are ubiquitous in advertising and other contexts they have significant potential to impact eating behavior. Read more in the press release here.
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ObesityWeek welcomes you at the California Science Center
TOS & ASMBS
Say hello to old friends and make new ones at the ObesityWeek Welcome Reception, 7:00 – 9:00pm. This year's event is held at the California Science Center, home of the Endeavour space shuttle. Spend the evening sipping drinks from the bar and exploring exhibits on land, sea, air and space. This is the perfect time to mingle with faculty and attendees.
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Buy tickets now to support and attend the 2015 LEAD Awards
ASMBS
The ASMBS Foundation will be holding its annual LEAD Awards luncheon at ObesityWeek today, Nov. 3, from noon until 1:30.

The ASMBS Foundation's LEAD Awards honors those who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. Each year the ASMBS Foundation recognizes the recipients of the following awards:
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Presented by Foundation Board of Directors
  • Master Educator Award – Presented by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
  • Excellence in Nutrition Award – Presented by Bariatric Advantage
  • Patient Safety & Quality Award
  • NEW Surgical Innovation Award – Presented by Medtronic
  • NEW Excellence in Clinical Care Award – Presented by Ethicon
  • Distinguished Industry Partner Award
  • ASMBS will also present the Integrated Health Circle of Excellence and the 2015 Research Grant awards. Visit the ASMBS Foundation's website to view the 2015 LEAD Award recipients and purchase event tickets.

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    TOS announces eight new award and grant opportunities, honors esteemed award recipients
    TOS
    Each year, The Obesity Society (TOS) promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity through its annual awards and grants program. This year, TOS has added three new grants and five new awards, bringing the total number of opportunities offered to 48. The recipients of this year’s awards and grants will be honored throughout the week at ObesityWeek 2015.

    "It's not often that a TOS President has the opportunity to announce a new award or grant, much less five new awards and three new grants," says Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD, TOS President. "One of my top priorities during my term has been to improve our efforts to give back to and invest in obesity science. These new opportunities will help us continue to encourage research in the field of obesity."

    TOS will honor the award recipients in sessions, including:
  • TOS Opening Session, today, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5:00 – 6:30pm, LACC – Hall G
  • TOS Awards Session, Thursday, Nov. 5, 8:30 – 10:00am, LACC – Hall G
  • Ethan Sims Presentations & Awards, Friday, Nov. 6, 8:00 – 10:15am, LACC – Concourse 150/151
  • Find out more about all award and grant recipients here.

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    ASMBS Bookstore Marketplace
    ASMBS
    In between your courses and sessions this week, stop by the ASMBS Bookstore Marketplace, situated next to the ASMBS Member Services area. Here, you will find books, CDs, and DVDs on bariatric surgery and related health topics created by ASMBS members. The marketplace also features apparel, lapel pins posters and other items. Hours and other details are on the ObesityWeek 2015 App, under "General Meeting Information."
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    Three hot-topic obesity forums: Food industry, pharma/device & advocacy
    TOS
    Don't miss these three hot-topic obesity forums taking place today:

    Food Industry Forum, Individualization: The Future of Obesity Prevention and Treatment
    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1:45-3:15pm, LACC – Room 502A
    During this session, speakers will discuss the need for individualized efforts for the prevention and treatment of obesity, including the role of genetics, the microbiome and personalized counseling.

    Pharmacotherapy Forum: New Weight Loss Supplements, Devices and Medications: What Treatments Are in Clinical Trials
    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1:45 – 3:15pm, LACC – Room 501ABC
    In this session, you’ll hear an update from pharmaceutical and device companies on emerging treatments for obesity that are in clinical trials.

    Advocacy Forum: Strategies to Improve Access to Care for Obesity
    Tues., Nov. 3, 3:30pm-5:00pm, LACC 518
    Access to care for obesity is complicated by historic patterns of discriminatory health plans that often require people living with obesity to pay out of pocket for evidence-based obesity care or wait for the same health plans to pay for the complications of obesity. In this session, speakers will explore some of the relevant issues and progress toward better access to care.

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    Visit TOS's Member Services desk at ObesityWeek 2015
    TOS
    Come to TOS’s Members Services desk during ObesityWeek 2015 to meet TOS staff and hear about our recent initiatives. For the first time this year, members of TOS’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Committees will volunteer at the booth to tell attendees about the latest updates on position statement development, advocacy initiatives, press releases, the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign, the redesign of the website, TOS's new social community, and more. In addition, editors of Obesity will be available to speak with attendees about getting published in the journal.

    TOS staff and volunteers will be available at the booth from Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Friday, Nov. 6, to answer your questions and provide information about the meeting and how to get more involved with the Society. The booth is located in the Mezzanine area above the South Lobby at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and will be open during the following times:
    Tuesday, Nov. 3: 1:00pm–7:00pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 4: 7:30am–6:30pm
    Thursday, Nov. 5: 7:30–4:30pm
    Friday, Nov. 6: 7:30am–6:30pm
    Come by to meet TOS staff!

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    Attention TOS members: All-new membership drive
    TOS
    ObesityWeek 2015 is your chance to show other attendees how much you value your TOS membership. It's as simple as GRAB-GIVE-GET-WIN$$$.

    1. Grab a membership benefit/application flyer at TOS Membership Booth. Write your name as referring member.
    2. Give it to non-members you meet at ObesityWeek and tell them why you love TOS.
    3. Get them to join! Ask them to fill it out and hand it in at Member Services Desk.
    4. Win $100 if you enroll the most new members from Nov. 2-7, 2015.

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    Look ahead at tomorrow:
    TOS
  • ObesityWeek Opening Session/Loel Solomon Keynote, 8:00 – 9:30am, LACC-Hall G
  • TOS Media and Communications Workshop, noon – 1:30pm, LACC – Room 518
  • Media Messages: How to Handle Star Struck Patients, 1:30 – 3:00pm, LACC – Room 515B
  • Obesity Journal Symposium, 5:15 – 6:15pm, LACC – Room 511ABC

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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    The Obesity Society introduces 8 new award and grant opportunities, encourages obesity research
    GlobeNewswire
    Each year, The Obesity Society promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity through its annual awards and grants program. This year, TOS has added three new grants and five new awards, bringing the total number of opportunities offered to 48. The recipients of this year's awards and grants will be honored at ObesityWeek 2015 from Nov. 2 – 6, in Los Angeles.
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    Eisai and Arena Pharmaceuticals announce presentation of lorcaserin HCl data at 2015 annual ObesityWeek meeting
    PR Newswire
    Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that six posters regarding lorcaserin HCl data will be presented during ObesityWeek. Hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the meeting is taking place Nov. 2-6, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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    National Obesity Care Week
    KTVO-TV
    Obesity, a medical condition that affects over two-thirds of all Americans, is something that many in the heartland face. Dr. Justin Puckett, a board certified obesity medicine physician, stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland, to discuss the first ever National Obesity Care Week, which is going on right now. A big objective of the event organizers is to address bias regarding obesity.
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    10 musts for ObesityWeek 2015
    ConscienHealth
    The vastness of Los Angeles is a perfect setting for the vast information on obesity that will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015 beginning Monday. With nearly 1,000 studies being presented in more than 200 scheduled sessions with 30 partner organizations, you might wonder where to start. Picking out a few things to recommend is an absurdly impossible task, but here goes anyway.
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    National Obesity Care Week
    ADVANCE
    It's advertised on food labels, magazine covers and TV commercials. It seems everyday popular culture provides some kind of reminder to eat healthier, exercise more and ultimately lose a few pounds. But what about the people who need to lose 30 or even 50 pounds — the people who may have already been diagnosed with obesity?
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    Texas Tech professors taking on leadership roles during ObesityWeek
    KAMC-TV
    The Texas Tech University Department of Nutritional Sciences continues its quest to be among the world's leading programs in obesity and nutritional sciences with substantial contribution by its faculty and students to The Obesity Society leadership and to TOS annual scientific sessions at ObesityWeek Nov. 2-6 in Los Angeles.
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    The Tipping Point

    A theater play about reshaping conversations in obesity.
    November 4, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM - Salon 5, JW Marriot Hotel

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