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Abstract Submission Site Opens Tomorrow, May 1
Letter from the Program Committee Chairs
Dear Colleagues,

It's time to submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2014! The abstract submission site opens tomorrow, May 1, and we'll be accepting your submissions through June 2 of this year.

Each year, The Obesity Society annual scientific meeting highlights cutting-edge findings across a broad range of topics from the basic science of obesity to treatment and prevention that will ultimately help improve the lives of those affected. Without fail, research coming out of the meeting is covered in high-profile media outlets, such as USA Today, and is recognized by state and federal government organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health.
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TOS Recommends Reduced Consumption of SSBs as a Strategy to Reduce Total Daily Caloric Intake
In response to the ongoing policy discussions on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on weight and health, The Obesity Society (TOS) recommends reduced consumption of SSBs as a strategy to reduce total daily caloric intake. In the analysis of the current research on SSBs, TOS provides several recommendations for improving health, including that children minimize their consumption of SSBs.

"Despite the challenges researchers have faced with isolating the impact of specific foods or beverages on body weight, the studies conducted on SSBs thus far have generated important and meaningful data leading to our conclusion," said Diana Thomas, PhD. "The evidence shows that individuals with a higher BMI consume more SSBs than their leaner counterparts, and that decreasing SSB consumption may reduce overall calorie intake and help individuals with obesity or overweight reach healthy weight goals."

TOS recognizes that weight gain is a problem for many individuals that rises beyond both calories consumed and any singular calorie source and encourages policymakers, scientists, clinicians and the public to further explore the total caloric density of foods, including all foods high in added sugar. Read the full statement online here.

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Deadline Extended to May 15: 2014 Obesity Society Awards Nominations
The 2014 TOS award nominations deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014. The Obesity Society's Awards Program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Nominations are still being accepted for the following awards:
  • 2014 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service
  • 2014 George A. Bray Founders Award
  • 2014 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award
  • 2014 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2014 TOPS Research Achievement Award
Nominations will be reviewed by TOS's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced in June. Awards will be presented at ObesityWeek™ 2014, from Nov. 2 – 7 in Boston, MA. Find out more about each award as well as instructions for how to submit a nomination here. Please contact Sadie Campbell, Governance and Executive Assistance at or 301-563-6526 if you have questions regarding these awards.

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Leading Obesity Experts Confirmed as Speakers for TOS ABOM Review Course at ObesityWeek℠ 2014
TOS's Education Committee has secured speakers for TOS's ABOM Review Course, which will be held during the first two days of ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2 - 3. Lecturers include clinical and scientific leaders in the field, many of whom have authored current national guidelines and others who are ABOM diplomats.

Included in this prestigious list of speakers are:
  • Past TOS (NAASO) President Michael Jensen, MD, who will cover Pathophysiology
  • Bruce Wolfe, MD, who will cover Surgery
  • John Jakicic, PhD, who will cover Activity
  • Harold Bays, MD, who will cover Pharmacology
  • Susan Woolford, MD, who will cover Pediatrics
  • Holly Wyatt, MD, who will cover Adult Assessment
  • Adam Tsai, MD, who will cover Practice Management
  • Maria Collazo-Clavell, MD, who will cover Nutrition
  • Delia West, PhD, who will cover Behavioral
The session will follow the same format as last year's TOS ABOM Review Course, with both board-style questions and didactic sections included in the lectures. Course materials, including a comprehensive workbook, will be available prior to the course and until the time of the exam. Stay tuned to TOS eNews for additional information about TOS's ABOM Review Course, and please email with any questions.

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Yahoo! News Features TOS's Corby Martin on Fitness Trackers and Weight Loss
Earlier this month, Yahoo! News published a story evaluating the effectiveness of fitness trackers in helping older people lose weight. The article reviewed findings from a study on this topic that was published in the journal Obesity.

The researchers, Barbara J. Nicklas, PhD, and colleagues, worked with 48 obese adults and randomly assigned study participants to either a group that was given information about dieting and exercise, or a group given the same information along with a fitness tracker. At the end of the study, the people who used the fitness trackers weighed about 10 percent less than their baseline weight, while those without the trackers weighed only about 5 percent less.

In the article by Yahoo!, TOS's Corby Martin, PhD, director of Behavioral Science and Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, gave some context into the research findings.

"What this study shows is that this self-regulatory intervention appeared to improve weight loss and weight loss maintenance," said Dr. Martin. “However, the findings require a lot of context for people who want to use a fitness tracker to help lose weight."

You can read the full study in the Obesity journal. Read the full article in Yahoo! News here.

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New Therapy Explored in Mice with Obesity Shows Improved Weight Maintenance
Contributed by Susanne Votruba, RD, PhD
Although many people initially struggle to lose weight, keeping that weight off can sometimes be even more challenging. There are several systems at work in the body that make weight maintenance difficult; however, new research published in the May issue of Obesity shows that it may be possible to reverse these effects with a new MC4R agonist treatment.

This new treatment was tested on both weight-reduced and ad libitum fed mice, and the study found that the MC4R treatment caused the mice to eat less and/or increase their energy levels. The full study is free access and is available online.

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Introducing the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Contributed by TOS eHealth/mHealth Section
eHealth/mHealth obesity-related research is a fast-moving field that has much to offer clinicians, health professionals and researchers. To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section has initiated the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner.

The eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner will share two-to-three newly trending eHealth/mHealth peer-review articles in each newsletter. This week's articles include: If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Anne Gilmore (, and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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Join the ASPC Annual Meeting for a Discussion of the Obesity Guidelines
The American Society for Preventive Cardiology is holding its 3rd Annual Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Conference from July 11-13, 2014, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL. This CME/CE accredited conference will provide attendees with case-based, practical approaches on how to appropriately manage, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease.

This year's meeting will focus on obesity, including a presentation from Dr. Michael Jensen of the Mayo Clinic, on the AHA/ACC/TOS Obesity Guidelines. A full agenda and additional conference information can be found here.

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Join HHS and Healthy People 2020 for a Webinar on Healthy Habits
The team from Healthy People 2020 invites you to register for their upcoming webinar on Friday, May 9, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET for a conversation on how a diet rich in nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — along with regular physical activity — is essential for the health of the Nation. The webinar will also discuss how healthy environments and healthy communities can lead to healthy people.

This 90-minute webinar will be led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh. He will be joined by senior officials from:
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Public Health — Seattle & King County
Continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES) are available. Register today.

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Announcing the ASN Foundation's New Scholarship Fund
The American Society for Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) announces a new scholarship fund in honor of Marian Swendseid, PhD, a Professor Emerita at the University of California-Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health and an ASN Fellow who passed away in January 2014. A pioneer in metabolism and an expert regarding choline, folic acid and amino acid deficiency, she established histidine as an essential amino acid for adults.

"Dr. Swendseid was widely known as a superb colleague, teacher, and mentor and I know she would be pleased with a scholarship to support investigators," said former student and close associate Janis Fisler, PhD. "This scholarship fund will allow us to recognize and support investigators in the area of nutrition and cancer prevention," added ASNF Chair Robert M. Russell, MD.

Visit the scholarship webpage for information on Marian's biography, fund donors, and additional details.

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Stay Up-to-Date on the Latest Obesity Industry News
Are you keeping up on the latest in obesity research, treatment and prevention? Physicians and health care specialists working in the field of obesity often look to Endocrine Today, a monthly newspaper published by SLACK Incorporated, as their information source for everything from clinical news articles to live meeting coverage.

At, SLACK's in-depth specialty clinical information web site, the same information can be found daily on clinical issues, socioeconomic topics and innovative medical therapies. In addition, live meetings, such as TOS's ObesityWeek are featured in real-time multimedia content.

Dozens of endocrine professionals make up the Endocrine Today Editorial Board and frequently deliver their own personalized clinical perspectives on topics including obesity, diabetes, pediatric endocrinology and cardiometabolic disorders. Be sure to check out Endocrine Today and for the latest in the industry.

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Healthy alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages
New research from The Obesity Society has concluded that sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to the obesity epidemic in the United States, especially among children. The Obesity Society defines SSBs as sodas, sports drinks, and other beverages that are primarily made up of water and added sugar. These drinks comprise 6 to 7 percent of Americans' overall calorie intake.
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7 reasons you need to increase your water intake
Before It's News
Let's talk numbers. Your body is about 70 percent water, though because you're probably not drinking enough, your body might be down to 40 – 50 percent. Common signs of dehydration include dark urine, dry skin, headaches and fatigue.
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Severe obesity in US children on the rise, multipronged solution needed
All classes of obesity in the U.S. children have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. A physician specializing in food, nutrition and metabolism told FoodNavigator-USA he wouldn't rule out stronger measures like a soda tax or warning label as a part of a multifaceted approach to resolving the issue.
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Calling girls 'fat' may result in weight gain
Fox News
Young girls who have been called "too fat" are more likely to be obese as young adults, according to a new research letter. The early stigma of being labeled that way may worsen the problem rather than encouraging girls to become healthier, but more research is needed to be sure, the study authors say.
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Frequency of laboratory testing among gastric bypass patients
Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases via QxMD
Long-term laboratory monitoring is recommended after gastric bypass surgery to prevent the development of micronutrient deficiencies. The objective of this study was to characterize patterns of laboratory monitoring after surgery.
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Glaucoma drug helps women with blinding disorder linked to obesity
National Institutes of Health
An inexpensive glaucoma drug, when added to a weight loss plan, can improve vision for women with a disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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Douglas L. Coleman, 82, Dies; Found a genetic cause of obesity
The New York Times
Douglas L. Coleman, a Canadian-born scientist who upset scientific dogma by discovering that genes — not willpower, eating habits or other behaviors — could cause obesity in some people, died at his home in Lamoine, Me. He was 82. The cause was aggressive basal cell cancer, said a spokeswoman for the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Dr. Coleman spent his entire research career.
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Study: Kids' genetic risk for obesity rises with age
HealthDay News
As children get older, genes appear to play an increasing role in whether some kids become heavier than their peers, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at 2,556 pairs of twins in England and Wales when they were aged 4 and 10. The investigators focused on 28 genetic variants known to be associated with obesity risk.
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Severe obesity in teens tied to possible kidney problems
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Nearly one-fifth of severely obese teens have poor kidney function, a small new study suggests. The study included 242 severely obese teens taking part in research on weight-loss surgery.
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Study links mother's obesity to stillbirths
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A Drexel University study suggests that obesity is the single most important characteristic that increases a pregnant woman's chance of having a rare and heartbreaking occurrence — stillbirth. Maternal obesity is a known risk factor for fetal death, as well as for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes.
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