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Contributed by Rod Velliquette, PhD
Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese (MHO and MUO, respectively) are terms used to describe individuals that are obese by BMI standards but either healthy or unhealthy by metabolic biomarkers standards. In the recent Obesity journal, Kavanagh K et al., reported their findings on the metabolic health of subcutaneous adipose tissue from nonhuman primates that spontaneously develop the MHO and MUO phenotypes. Researchers first classified the primate colony into four categories, 1) metabolic healthy lean, 2) metabolic unhealthy lean, 3) MHO and 4) MUO. In a subset of MHO and MUO primates, subcutaneous adipose tissue was collected and specific proteins related to mitochondria functional quality were determined as well as macrophage inflammatory status.
The prevalence of MUO in this nonhuman primate colony was 31%, which is similar to what has been reported for humans, and suggest these obesity phenotypes are conserved. In subcutaneous adipose tissue from MUO, proteins related to mitochondria functional quality were lower and presented a proinflammatory macrophage profile. This research suggests that local subcutaneous adipose tissue mitochondria quality and inflammatory status could be a signature of the MUO phenotype. In addition, there is also commentary on Kavanagh K et al. Read the full article and commentary here.
Are you graduating soon or thinking about making a change in your career? Why not check out the TOS job board. Each week hospitals, universities and association from across the country post openings. Job seekers also have the opportunity to provide a searchable resume for employers to review, as well as ask an expert for additional feedback to help you ace the interview. Check out this snapshot of what’s up this week. Apply for your next position here.
By: Rachel Goldman, PhD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Juliana FW Cohen, ScM, ScD.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Juliana FW Cohen, ScM, ScD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: My research focuses on policies and innovative strategies to increase the selection and consumption of healthier foods among children in both school cafeteria and fast food restaurant settings. Additionally, my research examines the impact of a healthier diet on children’s cognitive functioning.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: I have been conducting research in these areas for over 10 years.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: This field has the potential to improve the diets of millions of children daily.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Seek out additional “unofficial” mentors to help guide your research and career in your early stages (this can be someone who you connect with at a TOS conference!). Continue reading…
One popular question member services receives from new members is, “How can I engage more with other TOS members?” One quick and easy way is through the Open Forum in TOS Connect. The TOS Connect platform is an opportunity for all TOS members to engage, support and interact with one another.
When you see a Member Spotlight, reach out and congratulate that member! When someone from your committee or section talks about an event or situation, show them support them by posting a comment. As colleagues, ask questions, answer questions and encourage a discussion. TOS Connect is a space where young investigators and retired professionals alike can have a voice. If you want to ask a question or receive feedback from the general membership body, join the conversation here.
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Are you ready to be distinguished as a physician who has specialized knowledge in the field and practice of obesity medicine? If you are ready to become that distinguished physician, then here are a couple of useful tips before taking the ABOM Certification.
Tip 1: Know the Material– As with any other examination, studying and reviewing material is critically important towards success. Thankfully, the item fields and scoring guides for the certification exam are available without charge on the public ABOM website. The materials are here to assist, advance and encourage individual study as well as review course development. Take a look at the suggested preparation and resource materials here.
TIP 2: Attend the Review Course at ObesityWeek℠ – During ObesityWeek, TOS offers a review course for ABOM Certification participants wanting to further their education. As physicians, your knowledge of obesity will be strengthened by interacting with other test takers and reviewing test material in a group setting. You will be offered sample exam questions and didactic lectures in addition to receiving a 100+ page educational workbook, which will allow you to continue your studies in the comfort of your own home. Participants in the TOS Review Course have a 90% pass rate for the exam. Review the ObesityWeek ABOM Review Course information here and join us in October!
Tip 3: ObesityWeek attendees can use credits earned during ObesityWeek towards the ABOM exam. View ABOM eligibility requirements here and additional resources here.
*Pass rate percentage based on 500 interviews.
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the 2017 grants to be awarded this year. The grants program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward and encourage research in the field of obesity.
All applicants must be TOS members. An applicant cannot receive more than one award or grant within a calendar year.
Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply by sending in their Letters of Intent (LOI) by April 14, 2017 for the following grants:
Early Career Research Grant (ECRG) – The Early-Career Research program funds studies proposed by new investigators who have completed their doctorate within the past 5 years with a PhD or 8 years with an MD. One grant will be funded up to $25,000 for a 1-year pilot study.
Early Career Grant Challenge (ECGC) – The winner receives a $25,000 research grant based on presentation of a research idea during The Obesity Society’s Opening Session at ObesityWeek 2017. Four to five finalists will receive a $1,500 travel grant to attend ObesityWeek.
Please click here for additional information and how to apply. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Want to get more involved? Become a leader? Apply today to join a committee.
TOS has a variety of committees that play an active role in assisting the Council to plan and administer the programs and activities that are at the heart of The Society's mission. Committees (standing and ad hoc) are responsible for studying issues, making recommendations, carrying out liaison activities, and implementing specific short-term projects approved by the Council.
Please note that committee seats necessitate a commitment to the cause of obesity and a dedication to the work. For example, committees meet each year during the Annual Scientific Meeting and committee members attend this meeting at their own expense. Acceptance of committee appointment implies a commitment to attend these meetings. Committee terms are a minimum of two years.
All TOS members are eligible to serve as on committees, with a few exceptions. Members interested in serving on a committee(s) may complete and submit the 2017 Committee Volunteer Self-Nomination Form. Submit your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 9, 2017. You will be asked to list your committee interests in order of priority.
The Council urges interested members to volunteer. Your assistance in this effort to increase the effectiveness and productivity of The Society's objective and goals is recognized and appreciated.
The Call for Volunteers will remain open through Friday, June 9. Find out more about applying online here.
Reminder TOS Abstract Submission for ObesityWeek 2017 is Now Open!
It’s time to put the finishing touches on your obesity research abstracts! TOS’s abstract submission site for ObesityWeek 2017 opens on March 31. Don't miss your chance to present the latest groundbreaking research on obesity prevention and treatment at TOS’s annual meeting – ObesityWeek 2017 – at National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area) Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Please note, the only opportunity to be considered for an Oral Abstract Presentation is during this abstract call.
Researchers who present abstracts during TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek have increased:
Abstract submission entries will close on April 23, 2017. Submit your abstract here, and stay up-to-date on the latest ObesityWeek information here.
- Visibility among leaders in the field. Countless experts – including basic scientists, practicing physicians and surgeons, pharmaceutical researchers, public policy wonks and other professionals – attend ObesityWeek to learn about the latest research in obesity treatment and prevention.
- Global reach. Last year, ObesityWeek impressions – or the number of times a person was reached with a message about ObesityWeek – rose to more than 7 billion. People read about ObesityWeek in leading outlets including The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, NPR, AP, Reuters, HealthDay, Huffington Post, as well as in leading health-related publications including WedMD, MedPage Today, Medscape, Kaiser Health News, Healio/Endocrine Today and HealthCentral.
- Networking with like-minded researchers. Forge new research collaborations. Uncover pioneering scientific tools. Find a new job. ObesityWeek offers these and countless other opportunities to gain the edge needed to advance your career in obesity.
Call for 2017 Awards Nominations
The Obesity Society's awards program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards reflecting different aspects or points in the careers of obesity researchers will be presented at ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, DC October 29-November 2, 2017.
The Obesity Society encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced this summer.
All award nominations must be received at the national office by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Atkinson-Stern Public Service Award
The George A. Bray Founders Award
The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards
The TOPS Research Achievement Award
TOS Scientific Achievement Award
The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship.
For more information on how to apply and to read the awards descriptions click here.
|TOS eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Stay up-to-date on developments in the important field of obesity.
This week's articles include:
Farooq M, McCrory MA, Sazonov E. Reduction of energy intake using just-in-time feedback from a wearable sensor system. Obesity. 2017:25:676-81.
Goldstein CM, Thomas JG, Wing RR, Bond DS. Successful weight loss maintainers use health-tracking smartphone applications more than a nationally-representative sample: comparison of the National Weight Control Registry to Pew Tracking for Health. Obesity Science and Practice. 2017.
Schippers M, Adam PCG, Smolenski DJ, Wong HTH, de Wit JBF. A meta-analysis of overall effects of weight loss interventions delivered via mobile phones and effect size differences according to delivery mode, personal contact, and intervention intensity and duration. Obesity Reviews. 2017:1-10.
New York Post
Maintaining a healthy weight can be tough for many of us. In fact, more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight and one-third are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But a new study suggests you may want to work harder to shed those few extra pounds if you want to live a longer life.
The Washington Post
Can you use social justice to sell soda?
Pepsi thought so and got smacked off the protest line. But there’s more to this issue than a bad ad.
The Vox Senior health correspondent Julia Belluz wrote about the ad that raised quite a bit of rancor: Pepsi’s pulled protest ad is part of a long history of big soda exploiting black and Latino youth.
Whether people like it or not, the relationships they allow to form in their lives greatly affect their weight and health. This has been proven by scientists from Harvard University issuing a warning how one should be careful in choosing their friends. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one-third of adults in the United States are obese — that's one in three adults.
The Huffington Post
This past week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division hosted two events in which I participated: (1) a full-afternoon discussion on obesity prevention and management, (2) a full-day workshop on treating overweight and obesity.
Medical News Today
New research highlights the benefits of having pets around the house during childhood, after finding that early-life exposure to furry animals may reduce the risk of developing allergies and obesity. Led by researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada, the study found that children exposed to dogs, cats, and other furry pets in early life — before birth and up to 3 months after — experienced significant increases in two beneficial gut bacteria: Ruminococcus and Oscillospira.
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