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Advance your career! Register today for ObesityWeek℠ 2015
Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce the opening of registration for ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2 - 7. This year, we're taking the conference to Los Angeles, CA, a top West Coast meetings destination, the heart of the world's film industry, and an emerging leader in digital health technologies.

Included with your registration is access to both TOS and ASMBS programs, where you can learn from - and connect with - innovators in obesity research, treatment and prevention. Keep in mind that ObesityWeek is not just for obesity professionals. Regardless of your specialty or interest area, you can gain valuable insights related to your work.

For clinicians and integrated health professionals, this meeting offers opportunities to explore new techniques to encourage and monitor healthier habits for improvements in diabetes, or other obesity-related diseases, support patients pre- and post-bariatric surgery, and learn about many other areas vital for treating the more than one-third of patients affected by obesity in the U.S.
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TOS pledges support for the 7th Annual National Employee Wellbeing Month
Recognizing the benefits of workplace wellness programs for health, TOS is pleased to once again announce its support for and participation in the seventh annual National Employee Wellbeing Month (NEWM), which began on June 1. This yearly initiative highlights the importance of healthy practices in the workplace to engender a healthy, happy and engaged workforce.

TOS joins more than 200 other leading U.S. organizations as a supporter of the month, and is taking action to implement healthy habits in the workplace with a new in-office treadmill desk and staff outings to the office building's new gym. TOS also offers advice for companies looking to implement their own programs, and encourages them to focus on incentives for participation, rather than penalties.

Further, in a TOS position statement released in 2013, TOS members evaluated the research in the area, and made recommendations for employers when developing these programs, including:
1. Structuring programs to reward employees for engaging in healthy habits;
2. Avoiding the use of BMI as a basis for financial penalties or incentives;
3. Ensuring incentive programs are matched with health plans that cover evidence-based obesity treatment programs and medications;
4. Focusing programs on overall wellness for all employees, rather than only those affected by obesity or overweight, and;
5. Creating a supportive workplace environment that provides opportunities for healthy behaviors, such as healthy food options in the cafeteria and vending machines.
Help us support NEWM by spreading the word and sharing the infographic above.

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TOS gets you ready for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam
Certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. Here's what you need to know about the 2015 certification exam:
  • The exam will be offered December 5-12, 2015 at computer-based testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • The application deadline is August 24, 2015. Candidates who register by July 13 save $250.
  • Learn more about ABOM eligibility requirements here and access the application portal here
  • Again this year, TOS offers a Review Course for the ABOM Exam at its annual meeting, ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2-7 in Los Angeles, CA. Review course attendees may use the CME credits from the course to count toward their 60 CME credits, even though the course takes place after ABOM's final application deadline of August 24. Here's how:
    1. When registering for ObesityWeek, sign up for TOS’s Review Course for the ABOM Exam.
    2. When prompted through ABOM’s online application, upload the registration confirmation you receive from TOS.
    3. Carefully plan your ObesityWeek schedule to ensure you are able to complete all necessary CME credits. If you are planning to earn 30 CME credits, you must attend the review course and be present for a session during every hour that courses are offered during ObesityWeek. This is the only way to earn the maximum number of credits.
    Pricing information is as follows:

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    Focus on cardio-respiratory fitness and weight stability/loss to maintain metabolic health
    Contributed by Shu Wen Ng, PhD
    A recent study by Fung and colleagues in the June issue of Obesity found that focusing on cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF) and preventing weight gain may be effective in helping maintain metabolic health among adults. CRF refers to the heart's capacity to efficiently pump oxygenated blood to working muscles, which can be improved via short, intense exercise or prolonged, mid-intensity exercise. Preventing weight gain refers to maintaining a stable weight (<5% weight gain) or losing weight, as opposed to weight cycling (repetitive weight loss and regain) and weight gain.

    In the study, researchers followed 1,358 adults who were normal weight and metabolically healthy at baseline, but became overweight or had obesity over the course of 20 years. They found that at the 20-year mark, 47% of the adults who became affected by obesity remained metabolically healthy. The researchers conducted analyses to determine whether changes in diet composition, physical activity, CRF and/or weight were associated with the likelihood of remaining metabolically healthy.

    They found that diet composition (in terms of macronutrients) and frequency of participation in moderate and vigorous physical activities were not independently associated. Meanwhile, changes in CRF (remaining unfit or going from fit to unfit) and weight changes (gain or cycling) were associated with significantly lower likelihood of being metabolically healthy compared to those who were fit or had loss or had stable weight at the follow-up.

    This suggests that focusing on CRF and preventing weight gain are important. Moreover, although physical activity and diet were not found to be independently associated with the key outcome, these factors may affect both CRF and weight changes and thus indirectly influence metabolic health. Read the full article in the Obesity journal here.

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      FREE Banner & Business Listing, a modern online weight loss community, is coming! Get your business listed in our business directory for FREE and take advantage of our three-month FREE ADVERTISING BANNER program. No obligation -- just our way of saying hello to TOS and the online bariatric community! Learn more and SIGN UP HERE.

    Interested in lipedema research? Apply for the LE&RN/FDRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
    The Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) and the Fat Disorders Research Society (FDRS) are offering an award to stimulate and expand research in lipedema. The Lipedema Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards program aims to establish a clinical definition for lipedema and help researchers understand its pathogenesis. Areas of research can include adipose tissue biology, lymphatic biology, and areas relevant to lipedema including physiology, genomics, immunology and endocrinology.

    According to the program's requirements, the award supports postdoctoral fellows in clinical or basic science research who have three years (or less) of full time postdoctoral experience. Each applicant must be working under the supervision of an established scientist and designated mentor. Proposals focused on determining clinical diagnostic criteria for lipedema or Dercum’s Disease, their pathogenesis, or association with lymphatic disease are highly encouraged.

    Find out more and apply here.

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    Have you visited our Clinician Directory?
    TOS's Clinician Directory is a fantastic tool for finding obesity clinicians in specific fields and geographic locations. The Directory includes Society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all areas of obesity and can assist patients and primary care practitioners in finding clinical care professionals to meet patients' needs. Find out more and access the directory here.

    Not yet in the Clinician Directory? TOS Member Clinicians can log into the Member Center and add your profile to promote yourself and your practice here.

    Not a TOS member? Don't miss out on this opportunity to be included in this valuable resource. Find out more about becoming a TOS member here — the first step to being listed in the Directory.

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    eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
    Contributed by the eHealth/mHealth Section
    To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
    Wickham CA, Carbone ET. Who's calling for weight loss? A systematic review of mobile phone weight loss programs for adolescents. Nutr Rev. 2015 Jun;73(6):386-98.

    Knight-Agarwal C, Davis DL, et al. Development and Pilot Testing of the Eating4two Mobile Phone App to Monitor Gestational Weight Gain. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Jun 5;3(2):e44.

    Mâsse LC, Watts AW, et al. Individual and household predictors of adolescents' adherence to a web-based intervention. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Jun;49(3):371-83.
    If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (, and we’ll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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    Censorship, fat-shaming and the 'Reddit revolt': How Reddit became the Alamo of the Internet's ongoing culture war
    The Washington Post
    When Reddit banned five forums for violating its anti-harassment policy Wednesday, users went, in a word, insane. They started a petition on to get CEO Ellen Pao fired. They promised to migrate to "freer" sites, like Stumbleupon and Voat. But most of all, more than anything, they plastered Reddit's front page with mocking, hateful photos of obese people. This was their Alamo.
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    Why your gut microbiome could hold the key to solving the obesity epidemic
    The Huffington Post
    Until only a few years ago, medical science taught doctors that the three to five pounds of bacteria that are housed in our digestive system played a limited role in our well-being. As the former dean of Harvard medical school, Sydney Burwell once said, "Half of what you are taught in medical school will be wrong in 10 years' time."
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    US official: Congress must fix Obamacare if court guts it
    The U.S. Congress and states would have to fix Obamacare if the Supreme Court disallows its tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance coverage, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. Anti-Obamacare libertarian activists are fighting to strip the subsidies from 6.4 million Americans in 34 states who use the plan and a ruling in their favor would mark a significant setback for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
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    A sugary drink tax in Mexico is driving down consumption
    Business Insider
    In order to combat an alarming rate of obesity and the ensuing ill health effects of sugar, Mexico began charging consumers extra for sweetened beverages at the start of 2014. Now with a year's worth of data to go on, researchers have found solid evidence that the modest tax had a measurable decrease in the public's consumption of drinks that can contribute to obesity, diabetes and premature death.
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    Finally banned: Trans fats
    FDA issued its final ruling to effectively ban trans fats from the U.S. food supply. With people fighting tooth and nail about dietary fat recommendations, it's remarkable that there's not even a whimper of protest about this ruling. Businesses will have three years to comply. Everyone saw it coming and the evidence on health problems caused by trans fats has not been disputed for some time. Trans fats have a convoluted history that began in the early years of the twentieth century when a German chemist patented the process for making them.
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    The food industry has changed how our taste buds work
    Medical Daily
    During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity, which has added up to over a third of American adults tipping the scales — their taste buds carefully trained by the food industry. The country's children are catching up, too. In the last 30 years, the rate of obese children and adolescents has respectively doubled and tripled, adding up to 12.7 million obese kids who will one day grow into obese adults.
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    Being overweight increases breast cancer risk in older women
    Health Central
    It has long been known that being overweight, especially later in life, puts a person at greater risk for certain cancers and diseases. Now a large analysis from the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle found that older women struggling with severe obesity are 86 percent more likely to contract a common breast cancer, as well as possibly develop other advanced cancers.
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    Liraglutide in closed-loop setting effective for decreasing hyperglycemia
    A once-daily injection of liraglutide in the closed-loop setting was effective in decreasing postprandial hyperglycemia, hyperglucagonemia and insulin requirements, according to study findings presented at the American Diabetes Association's 75th Scientific Sessions. "This study is one of the first examining the role of liraglutide in the closed-loop system in type 1 diabetes," Jeniece Trast, RN, CDE, of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York, said during a presentation.
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    Study hints at why obesity may run in families
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    New research offers potential clues as to why children of obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity. While previous studies have provided clear evidence that children of obese parents are more likely to be obese, the reasons why were unclear. But the new study found that while in the womb, the cells of children of obese mothers may be programmed to accumulate extra fat, or develop differences in metabolism that could lead to insulin resistance — a condition that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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