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Don't miss today's ObesityWeek Public Health Keynote Speaker
TOS & ASMBS
This morning, at 8:00am, Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP, will offer his ObesityWeek 2015 public health keynote address. Dr. Solomon joined Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Program in 2003 and serves as Vice President for Community Health. In this position, Dr. Solomon works with health plan and medical group leaders to establish the strategic direction for Kaiser Permanente's multi-faceted approach to prevention and community health and develops national partnerships to advance those ends. You want to miss this exciting presentation.
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Three in four patients are not covered for obesity treatments
TOS
New research released today as part of ObesityWeek 2015 shows three out of four consumers report that they are not covered for necessary, evidence-based obesity treatment services, including access to a registered dietician (72% not covered), medical weight management (77% not covered), bariatric surgery (76% not covered) or FDA-approved obesity drugs (84% not covered).

"Our findings suggest that nearly 60 million adult Americans with obesity do not have access to science-based treatments for this chronic disease," said TOS member Theodore Kyle, RPh, MBA, of ConscienHealth, who led the research. "There is a clear gap in treatment; without access to obesity care by experienced medical professionals, too many Americans are being left with nowhere to turn."

These findings from one of the largest studies ever conducted to better understand insurance coverage of obesity treatments will be presented in an oral presentation today at 3:30pm PT in LACC-511ABC. Find out more in the press release here.

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New obesity infographic unveiled at TOS Opening Session
TOS
Last night at TOS's Opening Session at ObesityWeek, TOS President Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS, unveiled a new infographic designed to advance the understanding of the complexity of obesity, and to provide future direction for prevention and treatment of the disease. The infographic represents questions put forth in research literature and is intended to evolve with science and input from TOS members. Feel free to share the infographic on social media using #OW2015 and tagging @ObesitySociety!
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Explore a sub-specialty at today's TOS Section events at ObesityWeek
TOS
Each Section of TOS holds various meetings and networking events at ObesityWeek. Check out the Section event schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 4, below so you don't miss out.
  • Meet The Professor Breakfast, 7:00am-8:00am, JW Marriott, Fords Filling Station Restaurant
  • Basic Science Section Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm, LACC 502A
  • Diversity Section Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm, LACC 510
  • eHealth/mHealth Section Meeting & Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm, LACC 503
  • Health Services Research Section Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm, LACC 501ABC
  • Events are open to all attendees!

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    Hear about four exciting studies in this afternoon's Obesity Journal Symposium
    TOS
    Today at 5:15pm in LACC Room 511ABC, four winning research papers will be presented as part of the Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek. These papers were selected by the editors of Obesity for their exciting findings and are published in a special section of the November issue of Obesity. A sneak peek at the research is available below.

    Can a cell phone app help someone lose weight better than a personal coach?
    Contributed by Amanda Staiano, PhD

    A randomized controlled trial led by Duke University compared individuals with obesity and overweight ages 18-35 randomized to 2 years of a mHealth intervention that was delivered either by a smartphone application or by a personal coach with phone-based self-monitoring, or to a control condition. Those in the personal coaching condition lost more weight than the control condition at 6 months, but there were no condition differences at 1 year or 2 years. The intervention employed behavioral change principles that achieved participant retention and adherence, yet the mHealth interventions were not sufficient to achieve sustained weight loss. The authors suggest that providing social support and authentic human interaction may be a necessary component to achieve efficacy in mobile-based weight-loss therapy.

    Brain stimulation limits calories consumed in adults with obesity
    Contributed by the National Institutes of Health

    A National Institutes of Health study published in Obesity found that non-invasive brain stimulation decreased calorie consumption and increased weight loss in adults who are obese. The findings suggest a possible intervention for obesity, when combined with healthy eating and exercise.

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    The Obesity Society's Communications/Media Workshop
    TOS
    In this session on today, Nov. 4, from noon to 1:30pm entitled Overcoming 'Failure to Communicate': Getting Your Message Across, science communication will be explored, including:
    • How to create and deliver credible messages utilizing an expanding media universe (print, electronic media, Internet, social media, apps)
    • How to become a go-to resource for journalists
    • How to avoid common pitfalls in talking about obesity and other scientific research
    • How to sharpen presentation and conference communication skills
    Participants will learn about focusing their communications, whether interacting with journalists, colleagues, or family/friends. The session will cover the new communications landscape and how to navigate it, getting inside the mind of the journalist and how to talk about your field confidently, concisely, and compellingly.

    Presenters Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander have decades of experience as journalists, media trainers, and science communicators and have hosted The Obesity Society's communications/media training workshop numerous times. All attendees are welcome.

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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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    Don't miss TOS's 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 today, 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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    Get your professional headshot at the Photo Booth #132/134
    TOS & ASMBS
    You loved it and we brought it back! Take time to visit Booth 132/134 in the Exhibit Hall to have a professional digital headshot taken by our photographer. You will be able to use your photo for future professional and promotional opportunities — no more scrambling to find a professional photo on your smartphone or Facebook profile! There is no cost to meeting attendees; photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Photo Booth Hours – LACC exhibit booth 132/134
    • Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Thursday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Smile! There will be photography throughout the ObesityWeek event by TOS and ASMBS staff, professional photographers and media. Please keep in mind that you may be in photos posted to social media and some photos may be used for future ObesityWeek conferences. Discretion is always used in selecting tasteful photos for promotional purposes, but if you have any concerns with your photo being used for marketing, please contact us at communications@obesity.org.

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    Look ahead at tomorrow:
    TOS
  • TOS Awards Session, 8:30am – 10:00am, LACC Hall G
  • JAMA and IJO Journal Symposia, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, LACC 502A
  • TOS business meeting, 5:15pm – 6:15pm, LACC 518
  • AfterDark, 9:00pm – midnight, Belasco Theater

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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    Certain words may trigger consumption of high-calorie foods
    EndocrinologyAdvisor
    Certain words can entice individuals to eat high-calorie foods, and these "food word cues" may be influenced by both stress and genetics, new data suggest. "This research adds to a growing body of work suggesting that environmental factors, such as food advertising and stress, directly influence our brains and eating behavior and can make it difficult for some people to regulate their food intake, especially adults who are already obese, or teens who are at increased genetic risk of becoming obese later in life," said study investigator Susan Carnell, PhD, who is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
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    Stress, genetics or words? What drives people to eat excessively?
    Monthly Prescribing Reference
    New results from a pair of studies suggest that lean individuals and those with obesity experience different brain responses to written food words, and that both stress and genetics could influence excess eating. The findings will be presented at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015.
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    How much does severe obesity cost California? About $9.1 billion
    Los Angeles Times
    We know obesity increases your risk of having high blood pressure, getting diabetes and being diagnosed with certain cancers. Now it turns out it can also increase costs for your state government. A study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs found that medical care associated with severe obesity cost state-run health programs $8 billion in 2013. California's program for the poor, known as Medi-Cal, took the biggest hit, spending $1.3 billion that year on severe obesity-related care.
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    Standing for at least a quarter of the day reduces odds of obesity, new study finds
    The Washington Post
    You may want to reconsider keeping that standing desk after all. A new study shows that people who stand for at least one-quarter of their day appeared to have a significantly lower likelihood of obesity. The research, led by the American Cancer Society in cooperation with The Cooper Institute, University of Texas and University of Georgia, involved analyzing data from more than 7,000 adult patients who visited the Cooper Clinic in Dallas from 2010 to 2015.
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    VIVUS announces Qsymia presentations at ObesityWeek 2015
    Marketwired
    VIVUS, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company commercializing Qsymia capsules CIV for the treatment of obesity, today announced the following presentations at ObesityWeek 2015, Los Angeles Convention Center. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the program, with authors available for Q&A during the session as noted.
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    Orexigen announces naltrexone/bupropion data presentations at ObesityWeek 2015
    PR Newswire via SYS-CON
    Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. announced the upcoming presentation of three naltrexone/bupropion abstracts at ObesityWeek 2015, hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society.
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    Reshape Medical, inc. builds momentum with next generation integrated dual balloon system at ObesityWeek 2015
    PR Newswire
    ReShape Medical, Inc. announced that the company will focus on physician education and training, as well as its comprehensive patient care program at ObesityWeek 2015, taking place this week in Los Angeles. Building on substantial momentum since FDA approval of the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System in July, the company will host and be featured in educational events and training courses developed to provide bariatric surgeons with key learnings and shared insights on the use of the dual balloon system in clinical practice.
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