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The Obesity Society (TOS) Annual Meeting Planning Committee met last week to select the topics and the speakers for the 2013 TOS Program. As mentioned in January's newsletter, the 2013 TOS annual meeting is part of a new and exciting joint venture between TOS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery called Obesity Week, which will take place Nov. 11-16 in Atlanta.

Obesity Week registration provides access to the stand-alone annual meetings of each society as well as to a number of joint events. Our annual meeting is the critical scientific event of our society and it serves as an opportunity for obesity researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry partners to meet, interact, collaborate and thereby enhance obesity science and practice. By doubling the numbers of total registrants, Obesity Week will facilitate opportunities for interaction and bring other benefits, including expanded media and public interest.



Save-the-Date: Obesity Week 2013, Nov. 11-16, Atlanta
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Mark your calendars for Nov. 11-16 and plan your travel to "The Peach State." In the first year of Obesity Week, we are combining The Obesity Society (TOS) resources with the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to co-locate our respective annual meetings under one roof. We have developed the preeminent annual scientific and educational conference covering the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting-edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy discussions that can impact the quality of life for millions who suffer from obesity. For more information and stay up to date on the latest, please click here.

Call for Papers:
Submit Your Research to Both Obesity Journal and Obesity Week

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Get double-recognition for your papers at Obesity Week 2013! The editors of Obesity announced they will be holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. They are seeking submissions of high quality manuscripts, of which six winning papers will be selected for the authors to present during the session. The manuscripts will also appear in the conference Abstract Book, and the full papers will be included in the November issue of the journal. The deadline for submission is April 28, 2013 and the chosen authors will be notified by July 15.

We encourage all authors submitting a manuscript to the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium competition to also submit an abstract to Obesity Week 2013. The journal's call for papers will be considered separately from the Obesity Week submissions.

To help you start planning your abstract submissions to Obesity Week 2013, please keep the following abstract submission deadlines in mind.
  • May 1, 2013: Abstract Submission Site Opens
  • June 15, 2013: Abstract Submission Closes
Abstracts may be submitted to the following tracks and will be reviewed for inclusion in the 2013 conference:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health and Policy
More details will follow regarding where and how to submit your abstract to Obesity Week 2013!

TOS Adds Nearly 50 New Fellow Members
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In response to TOS's announcement of the Fellow of the Obesity Society credential, FTOS, we received an overwhelming amount of applications for FTOS membership. Congratulations to the 48 new Fellows!

Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS. The prestigious mark of FTOS distinction sets you apart by acknowledging your high level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. Once you become a Fellow, you will have earned the right to include FTOS among your credentials to convey to colleagues your achievement within a scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. For more information, please click here.

TOS & IASO Offer CME at Co-Hosted, Boston Conference, 'Obesity & Pregnancy,' May 15-17
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Interested in the tie between pregnancy and obesity? The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and TOS are pleased to announce a new, "Hot Topic," co-hosted conference entitled, "Obesity and Pregnancy," open to clinicians, midwives, psychologists, nutritionists and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproduction. The conference program will include a balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. For more information and to register, please click here.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is an Ineffective Approach to Treat Obesity
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The increasing popularity of HCG, otherwise known as human growth hormone (HGH), for the treatment of obesity prompted TOS to review the research and take an official position against the use of the hormone for weight-loss. We concluded in a new position statement issued January 29, that "the scientific evidence does not support the use of HCG for the treatment of obesity," a stance in agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the statement, prepared by Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, and Frank Greenway, MD, we reinforced our commitment to advocating for the use of therapies for the treatment of obesity that are evidence-based and rejected those that have been shown to be ineffective.

TOS to Serve as a Guest Society at IMMUNOLOGY 2013
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Immunometabolism is arguably one of the most exciting new directions in obesity and type 2 diabetes research. In an effort to better understand the roles of immune cells and immune-mediated inflammation in obesity and type 2 diabetes, TOS representatives will participate in the Guest Society Symposia at IMMUNOLOGY 2013 in Honolulu, HI, May 3-7, 2013. TOS members, Gerald Denis, PhD, and Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD, will present a symposium on Immunometabolism: The Role of the Immune System in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

IMMUNOLOGY 2013 is now accepting late-breaking abstracts. Additionally, early registration ends on March 18. To register or submit a late-breaking abstract, please click here.

NEJM 'Myths' Study Encourages Us to Think More Deeply About Obesity
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"Myths, Presumptions and Facts about Obesity" by Krista Casazza, PhD, RD, et al., published in the New England Journal of Medicine, called out seven "myths" about obesity lacking strong scientific evidence. Further, the study examined facts well supported by research. TOS recognized the study with a media statement issued Jan. 31, where Theodore Kyle, RPh, MBA, Chair of The Obesity Society (TOS) Advocacy Committee, said studies like this spark conversation and debate over the best ways to address the obesity epidemic. He applauded "the study's authors for highlighting what we know about obesity by pointing to facts well supported by scientific literature."

The Obesity Working Group Issues RFI on Obesity Biomarkers
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Biomarkers are the future of new drug development, preventive medicine and medical diagnostics. The Obesity Working Group (OWG), a sub-team of the Metabolic Disorders Steering Committee of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarker Consortium, is looking for your research in the area. The OWG has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify new approaches to predict long-term (>12 mo) weight loss response from short-term controlled weight loss clinical trials in adults. For more information and to respond to the RFI, please click here.

OAC's Your Weight Matters Set for August 2013 in Arizona
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The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) announced it will be holding its 2013 Your Weight Matters National Convention Aug. 15 – 18 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Complete details on registration, lodging, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities and much more will be released in the coming weeks.

World of Children Grant Award Opportunity for Child Advocates in Health, Medicine or Science
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Get recognized for your work to help children. The World of Children is seeking nominations for the 2013 Health Award recognizing an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences. The organization provides funding and recognition to individuals working on behalf of vulnerable children worldwide. Online nominations will be accepted through April 1, 2013. To learn more about the Awards and the nomination process, please click here.


USDA takes steps to put healthier snacks in schools
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Candy bars in school vending machines will be replaced by granola and dried fruit under a U.S. plan that sets nutrition requirements for snacks, sodas and other food sold outside of regular meals. The U.S. says snacks peddled in vending machines can be no more than 200 calories and must meet other nutrition criteria, such as limits on fat and sugar. More

Sen. Harkin prepares sweeping public health legislation to combat obesity
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Senate HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin is — for the sixth time — introducing legislation to combat obesity in children and adults across America using a host of new programs. More

WHO recommends limiting children's sodium intake
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The World Health Organization has for the first time recommended limits on children's daily consumption of sodium, which it hopes will help in the global fight against diet-related diseases becoming chronic among all populations. More

Obesity may be linked to MS risk in children
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A new study has found an association between childhood obesity and the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in children and teenagers. Though still rare, pediatric MS is more common now than it was 30 years ago. Experts have theorized that obesity, because it causes a low-level state of inflammation, may contribute to MS. Two previous studies in adults have examined this link, both suggesting that moderate obesity at age 20 but not at other times in life doubles the risk of MS. Yet, these studies are small and have other flaws. More

In CAD, highest mortality risk for central obesity, normal BMI
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For individuals with coronary artery disease, central obesity in combination with normal weight is associated with the highest risk of mortality, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. More

Chemicals linked to obesity in black children
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Black children with high levels of hormone-altering chemicals used in some shampoos and lotions are more likely to be obese, according to research. The study by New York University scientists is the second to link phthalates to obesity in children but the first to use a large sample of children and look for racial disparities. More

Scientists uncover key mechanism that links obesity and diabetes with cancer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is well known that obesity is a leading cause of diabetes, a disease where the body fails to control blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are characteristic in obesity and diabetes. What is less well known is that diabetes and obesity are also linked to an increase in cancer risk. More

Study: Outdoor fast food ads could promote obesity
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Past studies have suggested a relationship between neighborhood characteristics and obesity, as well as a connection between obesity and advertisements on television and in magazines. Now, new research from UCLA has identified a possible link between outdoor food ads and a tendency to pack on pounds. The findings, researchers say, are not encouraging. More


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