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New Obesity Treatment Guideline Released at ObesityWeek
TOS
On Tuesday, at the inaugural ObesityWeek event, The Obesity Society joined the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to release a long-awaited obesity treatment guideline. Per TOS President Harvey Grill, PhD, "It's been thirteen years since clinicians have had access to such a resource, far longer than any specialty is expected to wait for updated recommendations." During TOS's Opening Session, he referred to the effort as a "significant success that underscores the value of partnership."

The guideline says that physicians are an integral part of helping patients affected by obesity identify the best treatment plan, and it outlines the most effective programs. It also says there is no ideal diet for weight loss, but most people that want to lose weight should consume at least 500 fewer calories a day. A story in this morning's USA Today print edition by Nanci Hellmich highlights these findings with comments by TOS past-presidents Donna Ryan, MD, and Patrick O’Neil, PhD. Read the full story here.
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Have You Downloaded The Mobile App? Here's a Refresher
ASMBS & TOS
Remember to download the ObesityWeek℠ mobile app! The app is available in the iOS App Store and on Google Play. The app includes a full session schedule, interactive maps, speaker information, and more. You can also use the app to submit questions during some sessions and receive updates from ObesityWeek℠. The app will provide the latest, up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek℠ Schedule, making it a great tool for planning your schedule for the week.

To sign in to the app, use your registration email address as your username and "obesityweek 2013" as your password. If you need help using or accessing the app, support is available from the ASMBS membership booth. Note that if you just registered today, it may take some time for your login information to be added to our system. Submit a request through our website if you are not able to log in within one business day of registering.

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The Scientific Session Kicks off!
ASMBS
The ObesityWeek scientific sessions kick off in full force today with both ASMBS and TOS sessions continuing from now through Saturday. With over 100 sessions to choose from, you can customize your schedule to fit your interests. Whether you want to focus entirely on Integrated Health, or branch out and attend a session on Neuroscience or Population Health, our scientific sessions let you explore the latest in obesity surgery and research.

Having a hard time planning? Our mobile app allows you to create your own fully customizable schedule for the week. Add your sessions to the "My Schedule" tab in the mobile app by selecting the plus(+) sign in the top-right corner of any item in the schedule. This automatically creates a list of your sessions, making it easy for you to know where you're going.

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Advocacy Forum 2013: Employer Wellness?
TOS
A panel led Tuesday by Ted Kyle, exiting chair of TOS’s Advocacy Committee, explored the benefits and pitfalls of employer wellness programs relating to obesity. Obesity Action Coalition president, Joe Nadglowski, was certainly not alone when referring to himself as a “skeptic” when it comes to the value of current programs. He urged employers to reward healthy behavior and begin with a work environment that encourages activity and healthy eating.

Workplace interventions of an hour a week can drive weight loss among 30-50% of participants, said panelist Jennifer Lovejoy, MD. She added that employers are in a "very confused place right now" with a lot of emphasis on personal responsibility.

In fact, a new study presented at ObesityWeek today illustrates the imbalance between many wellness programs and an environment that's supportive for employees.

Kyle presents the findings of his employer wellness study during today’s poster session in the Exhibit Hall at 11:30 a.m., which finds that wellness programs are commonly setting weight goals for employees. However, most often they are paired with employer health plans denying coverage for evidence-based obesity treatment. Read more about the study here.

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The Hottest Issues in Bariatric Surgery
ASMBS
Does accreditation have a positive impact? Is Gastric Banding going away? Is the Duodenal Switch better for Type II Diabetes than Gastric Bypass? The foremost thinkers and surgeons in bariatric surgery come together in an open debate about each of these issues, while attendees share their opinions.

The Standard of Care Debate will be held in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium at 10:00am. Moderators Robin Blackstone, MD, Bruce Schirmer, MD, and Marc Bessler, MD, guide the speakers through each of these topics in a fast-paced debate. Find a full list of faculty on the ObesityWeek website.

Audience members can interact through live polling, with real-time updates displayed on a separate screen. Use your ObesityWeek mobile app to vote through the "Live Polling" icon. Plan ahead — log in to the mobile app before the debate!

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Early Development Pharmacologic and Device Session for Up and Coming Obesity Treatments
TOS
Is there a way to make weight loss easier? Ken Fujioka, MD, chaired a session highlighting the latest approaches from pharma and medical device companies. After 13 years with no new obesity drugs being released, Vivus has released Qsymia, a combination of phentermine and topiramate. It was approved by the FDA in July of 2012 and launched in September last year. Barbara Troupin, MD, told the crowd of nearly 200 attendees that a patient brochure is being given every time a patient is given the drug and 31,000 pharmacies are certified suppliers and ensure that a patient received the information every time the prescription is dispensed. She pointed out that a year on the market has revealed that any adverse events associated with the medication — dry mouth, headache, paraesthesia and insomnia — are due to mostly to tolerability and lower dosing can alleviate many of these symptoms. Around 90% of patients are able to lose weight on the lowest dose.

Another drug discussed, Beloranib, which inhibits a specific enzyme has been found to reduce hunger and food intake, reduce lipogenesis, inflammation and cholesterol synthesis and increase lipolysis. Thomas Hughes, PhD, presented findings from a clinical trial that showed that the agent seems to suppress leptin and stimulate adiponectin, among other finding.

Other presenters, included Shelley Sullivan, MD, who presented AspireAssist System, a type of feeding tube inserted from a port in the skin to the stomach; and Donna Ryan, MD, who discussed the SMART Device (Sensory Monitored Alimentary Restriction Therapy), a mouthpiece worn while eating.

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Poster Grand Rounds during Lunch and Refreshment Breaks
ASMBS
ASMBS and TOS posters are displayed during exhibit hall hours. Poster presenters are asked to stand by their posters during refreshment and lunch breaks, allowing attendees to interact with presenters and ask questions about each poster. Both ASMBS and TOS posters are displayed from Wednesday - Friday. Please refer to the program for specific times.

ASMBS poster abstracts and Wednesday Abstracts are now available on the ObesityWeek website and as documents in the mobile app. Additional abstracts, for TOS and ASMBS, are released daily on Thursday and Friday before 9 a.m.

A full list of posters are available in the Program Book and online at http://obesityweek.com/program/posters-and-abstracts/ .

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Did You Miss TOS's Pre-Con Sessions?
TOS
Here's an update on Mobile Health & Mechanisms:
  • Nearly 100 people attended yesterday's Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity pre-conference session, which offered access to tools, techniques, measurements, and collaborations to further work in mobile health. This full-day workshop was loaded with active participants, flipping charts and creative breakout sessions with professionals from a variety of different disciplines. The groups were challenged with creating ways to improve child health utilizing modern technology to obtain data while making it exciting and inviting for the children to use, all presented at the end of the session.
  • Today's Mechanisms in Weight Loss Therapies turned out a standing-room-only crowd. This half-day workshop, presented by key opinion leaders in obesity medicine, covered how weight loss therapies can impact metabolic disease, reduce and prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and improve adipocyte and adipose tissue function. The clinician filled room left with a better understanding of the mechanisms by which weight loss therapies may improve the health of patients via scientific presentations.

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TOS Sessions Not to Miss Today
TOS
  • Future of Obesity Research, Thomas Murphy Ballroom, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Role of Non-nutritive Sweeteners in Regulation of Weight, A411, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
TOS Poster Award Recipients
    Stop by to see TOS Section Poster Award Recipients presenting today. Find a list here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Doctors urged to treat obesity like any other ailment
USA Today
There's no ideal diet that's right for everyone, but that shouldn't stop the nation's doctors from helping their heavy patients battle weight issues as aggressively as things like blood pressure, according to new obesity treatment guidelines out.
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TOS, AHA, ACC release new guidelines for obesity treatment
Healio
The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Obesity Society have released new clinical practice guidelines to assist health care providers with the management of patients with obesity. The joint guidelines have been published online concurrently with ObesityWeek 2013, an annual meeting hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
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Surgical measures in prediabetes, metabolic syndrome could improve life of patients
Healio
Surgery might be the right choice for some patients in the prediabetes stage and those diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, preventing or delaying diabetes, one presenter said. Moving forward in this area would be best achieved by cooperation between diabetologists and bariatric surgeons, he said.
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Treating obesity seriously at ObesityWeek
Dr. Arya M. Sharma
This week I am in Atlanta, where the first ever ObesityWeek is being co-hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. What you have, are two major obesity conferences running back-to-back with a slight overlap, thus bringing together those of us primarily engaged in obesity research, behavioral and pharmacological interventions with those of us, who are primarily involved in bariatric surgery.
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Former Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy G. Thompson, brings together healthcare organizations to partner on increasing access to safe and effective obesity treatments
Obesity Action Coalition
Today, more than 93 million Americans are impacted by the disease of obesity; however, a majority of them have very limited access to safe and effective treatment options. This limited access is only furthering the debilitating effects of obesity and decreasing the quality of life and health for those affected.
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Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy of Alere Health shares why employers need more than wellness programs at ObesityWeek conference
Rock Hill Herald Online
Wellness programs alone are too broad to guarantee lasting changes for people with obesity, according to Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, senior vice president of clinical and quality support at Alere Wellbeing, a leading provider of behavior change solutions.
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