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Share your ObesityWeek feedback in our post-event survey!
ASMBS & TOS
This is your chance to help us revisit and refine our conference for 2015! Please share your feedback in our post-event survey and tell us what you liked about ObesityWeek 2014, and what you think could have been done differently. This feedback will be shared with both TOS and ASMBS to improve upon our future conferences.

If you already filled out the feedback survey in the mobile app or at the TOS membership booth, you can disregard this notice. Thank you for your participation!

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2 – 7, in Los Angeles, CA!
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Thank you to all who participated in the ObesityWeek Pedometer Challenge!
ASMBS & TOS
At ASMBS and TOS, we do our best to subscribe to the idiom "practice what you preach," which is why we held the ASMBS vs. TOS pedometer challenge at ObesityWeek 2014. All week long, meeting attendees walked back and forth from the hotel, convention center, sessions, exhibit hall and everywhere in between. Those who tracked their steps with the official pedometers provided by Withings were eligible to win a prize.

Congratulations to the winners of the ObesityWeek 2014 Pedometer Challenge:
  • Tuesday, November 4: Takeshi Hashimoto, PhD (TOS)
  • Wednesday, November 5: Josh Brown, PhD (TOS)
  • Thursday, November 6: Kurt Stewart (ASMBS)
In addition to the daily winners, one person was selected from the top ten participants with the highest number of steps for a grand prize stay at Canyon Ranch. Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Rachel Goldman (TOS)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge! Here are the final numbers of steps taken:
  • Non-Members — 1,013,910 total steps taken
  • TOS Members — 1,033,044 total steps taken
  • ASMBS Members — 1,280,861 total steps taken
We hope you'll participate again at ObesityWeek 2015!

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Missed ObesityWeek? We've got you covered.
TOS
For the first time, TOS is making key content from this year's meeting available in a CME accredited online program with ObesityWeek on Demand. ObesityWeek on Demand contains 100 hours of presentations sponsored by TOS covering a multi-track schedule of topics including abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses, video sessions and more. This broad coverage allows participants to experience every aspect of obesity research, education and policy. More information is available here.

Did you also know you can access all the abstracts from the meeting online? Find poster and oral abstracts from TOS and ASMBS here.

Missed the news coming out of ObesityWeek 2014? Find details on this page.

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It Starts Today — a new video from ASMBS
ASMBS
If you were at the ASMBS Presidential Address at ObesityWeek, you saw the premiere of a brand new video designed to motivate patients and their friends and family to explore metabolic and bariatric surgery. This video is now available online for you to view and share with your colleagues, patients and friends.

Find the official release of this video here. We encourage you to embed this video in your own practice's webpage or share it via your social media. No additional attribution or permission is necessary. A guide to embedding this video is also available.

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Congratulations to Ceren Ozek, recipient of TOS Ethan Sims Award
TOS

Ceren Ozek and Steven Smith, MD
Each year at TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek, five finalists are selected to compete for the Ethan Sims Award, created to recognize excellence in research by young investigators based on their science submitted to and presented at the meeting. Each finalist receives a $1,000 travel award and competes for an additional $1,000 cash prize.

This year's session was dominated by young female investigators who all offered compelling oral presentations during the plenary session held Thursday, Nov. 6. Of them, Ceren Ozek, PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania was selected as the winner for her research entitled, "PTP1B Is a Novel Physiological Regulator of BDNF/TrkB Signaling in the Brain." Her research demonstrates that PTP1B is a novel physiological regulator of central BDNF/TrkB signaling and that mice with PTP1B-deficiency are hypersensitive to central BDNF-induced thermogenic effects.

"Our research opens up new areas of investigation in understanding the role of central BDNF/TrkB signaling in metabolic control, as well as developing PTP1B inhibitors as safe and efficient therapies for obesity treatment," said Ozek. She's always been fascinated by the complexity of the brain and says she's learned from some of the best at UPenn who study the neural control of energy balance.

Congratulations to Ozek and the other Ethan Sims Candidates!

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Download your ObesityWeek professional headshot!
ASMBS & TOS
Did you have your professional headshot taken at the ObesityWeek 2014 photobooth? If so, you can find the photo and download it here. Everyone who had a photo taken should have received a card at the booth with details for downloading and the corresponding photo number.

Feel free to use this photo however you like, and if you share it on social media be sure to use #OW2014!

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Did you use #OW2014 on social media during ObesityWeek?
ASMBS & TOS
If you did, you might be interested in seeing this social media report showing how the hashtag was used during The Obesity Society's annual meeting, ObesityWeek, last week.

According to the report, the following Twitter handles had the most mentions during the week
    1. @weightlossbio — 1,060 mentions
    2. @obesitysociety — 587 mentions
    3. @obesityweek — 336 mentions
    4. @yonifreedhoff — 305 mentions
    5. @drsherrypagoto — 258 mentions
Similarly, the top tweeters included:
    1. @weightlossbio — 232 tweets
    2. @obesitysociety — 228 tweets
    3. @bigshotinbound — 128 tweets
    4. @nutritionnerd — 102 tweets
    5. @health_tips — 94 tweets
Thank you to all who used our hashtag and helped us spread awareness of ObesityWeek 2014!

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Re-live the tribute to Dr. Edward E. Mason
ASMBS
ASMBS honored Dr. Edward E. Mason, the founder of the ASMBS and the inventor of the gastric bypass, through a special video presentation at ObesityWeek 2014. You can now view this tribute to Dr. Mason on ASMBS's Dr. Edward E. Mason Historical Library. This video chronicles the major accomplishments of Dr. Mason, and shows the gratitude and respect that the bariatric surgery community holds for its founder.

More resources, including historical photos and past presidential addresses, are coming soon to the Dr. Mason Historical library. Check back regularly for updates and new special features.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The Obesity Society hits milestones, looks ahead to its 'growth phase'
Healio
With a record-setting attendance and number of abstracts at ObesityWeek, the president of The Obesity Society outlined his strategic plan for "an organization that's in a growth phase." Steven R. Smith, M.D., spoke with Endocrine Today about the values and strategic goals of The Obesity Society, known as TOS.
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Short-term safety of gastric bypass: Misconceptions dispelled
Medscape (Login required)
In patients with type 2 diabetes, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery was as safe as or safer than seven other common surgeries, a new study illustrates. The study was published online in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. "The perception has been that gastric bypass is a very risky operation, but the reality is, it is as safe as, if not safer, than many of the most commonly performed surgeries in America," lead author Dr Ali Aminian, said in a statement from the Cleveland Clinic, issued at ObesityWeek 2014.
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Sugar cap-and-trade may cut obesity
MedPage Today
A cap-and-trade approach to added sugars may eventually help drive down obesity and type 2 diabetes rates, researchers reported. A mathematical model of the strategy projected that within 20 years, obesity prevalence would fall by 1.7 percentage points and the incidence of type 2 diabetes would drop by 21.7 cases per 100,000 people, according to Kristina Lewis, M.D., MPH, of the Kaiser Center for Health Research, and colleagues.
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Implanted balloons in stomach may spur weight loss
HealthDay News via WebMD
Balloons placed inside the stomach can trigger substantial weight loss without the need for invasive surgery, according to a new clinical trial. The new device — two connected balloons filled with saline — helped obese people lose twice as much excess weight as others who relied on diet and exercise alone, said principal investigator Dr. Jaime Ponce. He is medical director of the bariatric surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. He is also a paid consultant to the company that manufacturers the device.
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The truth about menu labeling
Women's Health
Food labels have a bit of a controversial history in the U.S. Are they inadequate? Do they need to be updated? Do they even help people make healthier choices? But a new study presented at the Obesity Journal Symposium — the first long-term look at calorie labeling — shows that labels actually help prevent weight gain, after all.
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Bariatric surgery may alter taste buds, aid weight loss
Reuters via Yahoo News
Stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery may also foster changes in a person's taste buds, which could help them lose weight and keep it off, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in California found that patients who reported a decrease in taste intensity after bariatric surgery had lost more of their excess weight after three months than those whose sense of taste became more intense.
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Food cravings: Tapping your forehead could reduce them
The Huffington Post
Some simple, 30-second distraction tasks could help reduce cravings, even for your favorite foods, according to a new study. In the study, Richard Weil, M.Ed. CDE, Director of the Weight Loss Program at Mt Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York City, tested the effects of three short distraction tasks plus a control task on 55 obese male and female participants.
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Can eating a high-protein diet increase your metabolism?
Women's Health
Load up on protein, and you'll lose weight, right? Unfortunately, it may not be that simple: Eating more protein might not necessarily influence the number on the scale, but it will go a long way toward ensuring the weight you do carry is muscle, not fat, according to a new study presented last week at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Boston.
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The green way to get to work
The Doctor Will See You Now
Bike advocates have been insisting for years that making cities bike-friendlier would get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes. But there has been little research that either supports this idea or contradicts it.
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Study: Financial incentives increase use of health coaching
Society of Human Resource Management
When employers offered financial incentives, employees were 33 times more likely to participate in telephone health coaching, and they did so sooner than employees without incentives, new research finds.
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2 impressive trials: Weight management that works
ConscienHealth
Weight management that works doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles. It just needs smart people designing the program with good attention to details. Two such impressive studies were presented at ObesityWeek 2014. They produced impressive weight loss in the range of 12 to 18 percent with very straightforward programs.
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Power to control cravings is in our heads, fingers
Parade
Thinking about the long-term consequences of your food choices — and simply tapping your head and ears with your fingertips–may be able to help control food cravings, according to two new studies that came out of the ObesityWeek 2014 conference in Boston.
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