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A Message from the Executive Director
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Thanks for taking the time today to check out what's going on at The Obesity Society (TOS) as part of your daily online routine (which we hope also includes sharing the latest news about obesity in your Facebook status, re-tweeting a Twitter post from @ObesitySociety and posting a comment on the intellectual obesity forum on LinkedIn).

You may have noticed that TOS is ramping up our efforts to reach and engage with an even larger audience, and social media is key to our strategy.



Capitol Update: TOS continues to promote essential health benefits, health reforms
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TOS continues its work to generate renewed support for obesity research, prevention and treatment on Capitol Hill. Ten patient and healthcare provider groups, including TOS, advocated for "those affected by obesity to be afforded the same medically necessary treatment avenues as all others who suffer from chronic disease" in a letter sent to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition, TOS leaders joined others from the obesity community to discuss the coverage of obesity under the Affordable Care Act with the HHS Office of Health Reform. Read more about these activities and many others on the Hill in the TOS January - February Capitol Update.

New funding opportunities at NIH and RWJF
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Grants are integral to improving the science and research behind obesity prevention and treatment. Check out the latest opportunities, as follows:

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Yale's Rudd Center launches free image gallery to improve obesity stigma
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Research shows that obese people are highly stigmatized in the U.S. and suffer from inequalities in employment, education, and healthcare as a result of weight discrimination. Too often we see these stigmatizing images of obese people in the educational and research materials we use. Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has been on the forefront of addressing the issue and has responded with a free, online image and video gallery for non-commercial use. Check out this excellent resource here.

TOS adds 60 new members in January and February 2013
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TOS is pleased to announce that the organization has added 60 new members since the first of the year. Congratulations to our new members! We look forward to working with you to further obesity research, prevention and treatment, and help improve the lives of those affected.

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!

Earlybird registration for 'Obesity & Pregnancy' CME conference ends March 8
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Interested in the tie between pregnancy and obesity? The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and TOS are co-hosting a new 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 of basic science, translational research and clinical practice. For more information and to register before the early-bird deadline, please click here.

3rd Canadian Obesity Summit features 18 hours of accredited content
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May 1-4, 2013, Vancouver, BC

When it comes to obesity and related health issues, the Canadian Obesity Network's 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit is a can't-miss conference for 2013. The event features 18 hours of accredited content, over 70 interactive sessions and more than 600 oral presentations, poster sessions workshops and seminars. This year's Summit also features a "Clinic in Focus" stream designed for health professionals. Special early-bird rates are available through March 31, and registration is discounted for CON members (membership is free). Register today!

Members' corner: Kelly Brownell appointed as Dean of Sanford School of Public Policy
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Congratulations to Kelly Brownell for his recent appointment to Dean of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Kelly has devoted his career to obesity and weight bias, both clinically and politically, and is internationally recognized as a forward-thinking leader. Kelly's appointment to this prestigious public policy seat is testimony to his successful work to promote improved nutrition through objective data analysis.

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Have you visited our Clinician Directory?
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The Obesity Society's Clinician Directory is a fantastic tool for finding clinicians in specific fields and geographic locations! The Directory includes society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all aspects of the field of obesity. Click here to access the TOS Clinician Directory.

Clinicians — Make sure that you are included in this valuable resource. Click here to become a member, which will enable you to be listed in the Directory.

Current Member Clinicians — Click here to log onto the Member Center and add your profile to promote yourself and your practice through the Directory.


The extraordinary science of addictive junk food
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On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of town cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America's largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the CEO's and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called "stomach share" — the amount of digestive space that any one company's brand can grab from the competition. More

The Operator: Is the most trusted doctors in America doing more harm than good?
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Oprah Winfrey first referred to Mehmet Oz as "America's doctor" in 2004, during one of his earliest appearances on her television show. The label stuck. Oz was a rare find: so eloquent and telegenic that people are often surprised to learn that he is a highly credentialled member of the medical establishment. More

Possible Type 1 cure normalizes blood sugars
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Lead researchers and staff led by Fatima Bosch from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), have shown for the first time that it is possible to cure diabetes in large animals with a single session of gene therapy. As published in Diabetes, the principal journal for research on the disease, after a single gene therapy session, the dogs recover their health and no longer show symptoms of the disease. In some cases, monitoring continued for over four years, with no recurrence of symptoms. More

Kidz Breakfast: Giant breakfast boosts cafe's business
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The Kidz Breakfast is free if you eat it in an hour, or £15 if you fail It prompted calls for it to be banned and had one expert warning that someone could die after eating it. But the "Kidz Breakfast." described as weighing the same as a small child, has remained the talk of a Norfolk seaside town. Consisting of a dozen sausages, 12 bacon rashers and enough eggs to be produced from a coop of chickens in a week, Jesters Diner's fry-up in Great Yarmouth contains more than 6,000 calories and weighs in at 9lb (4.08kg). More

Obese and unhealthy people could face benefit cuts
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Obese and other unhealthy people could be monitored to check whether they are taking exercise and have their benefits cut if they fail to do so under proposals published by a Conservative-run council and a local government thinktank. Westminster council and the Local Government Information Unit say new technologies such as smart cards could be used to track claimants' use of leisure centres, allowing local authorities to dock housing and council benefit payments from those who refuse to carry out exercise prescribed by their GP. More

Poor stress responses may lead to obesity in children
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Children who overreact to stressors may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to researchers at Penn State and Johns Hopkins University. "Our results suggest that some children who are at risk of becoming obese can be identified by their biological response to a stressor," said Lori Francis, associate professor of biobehavioral health. "Ultimately, the goal is to help children manage stress in ways that promote health and reduce the risks associated with an over- or under-reactive stress response." More

Obesity predictive of steatohepatitis, steatosis in patients with colorectal liver metastasis
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Obese patients with colorectal liver metastasis were more likely to develop steatohepatitis or steatosis than nonobese patients in a recent study. Researchers reviewed data from 208 patients with colorectal liver metastasis who underwent hepatic resection or combined resection and thermal ablation between 2001 and 2009, with a median follow-up of 32 months. Preoperative chemotherapy was administered in 75 percent of cases for a median duration of four months. More

Preventing obesity transmission during pregnancy
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A much neglected part of the obesity epidemic is that it has resulted in more overweight/obese women before and during pregnancy. Their offspring also tend to have higher birth weights and more body fat, and carry an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases later in life. However, the nutritional factors and mechanisms involved pre and during pregnancy that may influence child obesity remain uncertain. A recent publication by ILSI Europe identifies and discusses key contributing factors leading to obesity. More

Obesity may increase risk for brain abnormality in newborns
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Genes in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women who are obese suggest that the brains of their growing babies are developing differently, according to a new study. This is particularly concerning because about one third of American women are obese at the time of conception. More


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