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Don't delay! Registration and housing are available for ObesityWeek℠ 2015
Step 1. Register for ObesityWeek 2015
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With registration for ObesityWeek 2015 now open, it's time to start thinking about your conference housing. Blocks of rooms at discounted rates have been reserved at select Los Angeles hotels for attendees and exhibitors. Many of these hotels are just a short walk from the LA Convention Center, and others provide regular shuttle services for guests.

Attendees will be provided a link to access the ObesityWeek 2015 lodgings portal upon confirmation of registration.

Don't forget — TOS and ASMBS members get an even steeper discount on registration. Find out more about how to join and save here.
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Obesity Action Coalition celebrates 10 years, calls on public to support continued momentum
Obesity Action Coalition
For the past 10 years, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has supported individuals affected by obesity, and today they are asking for support to help build momentum for the future.

"Looking back at the past 10 years, I am simply amazed at what the OAC accomplished in a relatively short period of time. From 2005 to today, the OAC has stood up for our members and the 93 million Americans affected by obesity. It is my hope that the public will take advantage of our 10 year anniversary opportunities and join the OAC or contribute to the 10 Year Fund. The simple reality is that we could never have accomplished so much if it weren't for the more than 50,000 voices that represent the OAC on a daily basis. We need our voice to continue to grow, and these unique opportunities are a perfect way to accomplish that growth," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

You can support OAC by signing their pledge and joining or renewing your membership for just $10, among other actions in celebration if its 10th anniversary here.

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How did we get all this obesity?
Contributed by ConscienHealth
One of the most common questions about obesity is: how did we get all this obesity? And the answer is seldom satisfying because it's so complicated and so much remains unknown. Last week at the 2015 Blackburn Obesity Course in Boston, Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, defied that generalization and presented a compelling distillation of what is known about the major factors responsible for driving the rate of obesity up.

Dr. Kaplan's presentation was a rather complete summary of current knowledge related to treating obesity. His description of the factors driving obesity rates up was a small part of what he covered. But it stood out for providing exceptional clarity about an important question.

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Tell Congress to cover weight management therapies
Campaign to End Obesity
Did you know:
  • Obesity costs more than $200 billion per year
  • Medicare is denying seniors access to a full range of weight management therapies
  • By reducing obesity, it may be possible to save $11.4 billion per year
Join the conversation and help be a part of the solution. Sign the petition to tell Congress to cover needed weight management therapies and reduce costs here.

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Submit your research to Obesity Science & Practice!
Contributed by David B. Sarwer, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Submit your research to Obesity Science & Practice, the new open access journal from TOS and World Obesity highlighting research related to obesity and its comorbidities.

Why publish open access with Obesity Science & Practice?
  • Access for everyone means wider circulation, higher visibility and larger readership
  • Faster publication times means your work gets seen as soon as possible
  • No compromise on quality; rigorous peer review ensures high standard of research
  • Ensure compliance with funder mandates
Find out more here.

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Looking for online CME? We've got you covered.
For the first time, TOS has made key content from last year's ObesityWeek meeting available in a CME accredited online program with ObesityWeek on Demand. The program contains 100 hours of presentations sponsored by TOS covering a multi-track schedule of topics including abstract presentations, partner symposia, educational courses, video sessions and more. This broad coverage allows participants to experience every aspect of obesity research, education and policy. More information is available here.
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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FTOS
It's time for another edition of the Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better, and learn more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FTOS, Professor and Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I currently split my time between research and administration. As you can expect, the research is the fun part. However, my administrative position also allows me to mentor and work with junior faculty and in some small way shape the direction of research at our Center and in the field, and that is also rewarding (some days!).

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Take advantage of opportunities to meet new people, both in your field as well as those in other fields. We are lucky that The Obesity Society includes a broad range of researchers representing pre-clinical, clinical and public health sciences. Take advantage of the annual meeting by attending sessions that are not directly relevant to your current interests, as you never know what the future holds.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: There is a lot of exciting research going on right now. For me, the most exciting aspects (and most challenging) are related to translation, not just from the bench to the clinic, but also from the clinic to the population. There is a palpable knowledge gap between science and practice, and the challenge is in getting effective clinical program scaled up for public health implementation.

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I don't understand the question. What do you mean not at work?

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Katzmarzyk here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on July 8!

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Americans with obesity outnumber overweight
MSN News via Los Angeles Times
Americans have reached a weighty milestone: Adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight, according to a new report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. A tally by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis estimated that 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese as of 2012, and an additional 65.2 million were overweight.
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Study: Mexico's sugary drink tax makes a dent in consumption
Would you drink fewer cans of soda if a national tax jacked up the price? When it comes to schemes to counter the staggering rates of obesity and diabetes around the world, there's a growing consensus that taxes that force consumers to reckon, via their pocketbooks, with their food and drink habits might be the way to go. But since so few countries — or cities — have dared to try a "sin" tax on soda or junk food, no one really knows if they'd actually work.
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Fried food and soda back in Texas schools. How does this help obesity?
The Texas Tribune via The Christian Science Monitor
A decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines was lifted by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, The Texas Tribune reported. The plan is part of an anti-obesity campaign in Texas. A core part of the policy, on top of lifting the ban, is to bring local, farm-raised food to schools. According to a statement released by the Commissioner's office, the policy is also designed to build community and student involvement in nutrition at a school district level, "where families and community leaders are in the best position to make decisions about what works for the children they serve."
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UN health agency: If current trends hold, childhood obesity will hit 70 million by 2025
Bloomberg Business
Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization said, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. "Childhood obesity can erode the benefits that arrive with social and economic progress," WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan told the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which is meeting in Hong Kong.
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New study shows combatting childhood obesity in schools is working
Houston Chronicle
According to a recently published study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, schools can win the fight against childhood obesity. The study found that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program is an important means of supporting schools in reducing students' rates of obesity.
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Consumption of trans fats linked to worse memory
HealthDay News
Consumption of trans fats may negatively affect memory, according to research findings published in PLOS ONE. In the study, researchers evaluated data from 645 healthy men who were asked to complete a dietary survey and take part in a memory test. The test involved a set of 104 cards, each bearing a word. The men had to say whether each word was new or if it had been shown to them before.
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3 sources of obesity confusion
Delivering the 2015 Blackburn Lecture in obesity medicine Friday, David Allison presented an engaging description of three sources for obesity confusion in the application of evidence to policymaking. While describing considerable advancement in the evidence base for obesity, Allison pointed to persistent myths and presumptions that get in the way of making policies that reflect what is really known about obesity.
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Exercise helps control diabetes regardless of cardiorespiratory fitness improvement
Adults with type 2 diabetes who do not see an improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness with exercise may still see a reduction in body fat and waist size, and improved blood glucose, according to research in Diabetes Care. In a secondary analysis of a larger study evaluating the benefits of exercise training in adults with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that a subgroup of exercisers with type 2 diabetes, known as nonresponders, are unable to improve their cardiorespiratory fitness despite following a clinician-guided workout regimen. Still, those same adults saw improvements in HbA1c, waist circumference and body fat percentage.
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