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Call for applicants: Social Media Liaison
Letter from the Executive Director
July 1, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As I addressed in my letter earlier this year, TOS sees social media as an integral way to share information about our activities and interests with members, partners, sponsors and individuals interested in the Society and our work. In 2014 alone we increased the Society's number of followers across all social media platforms by 55%.

As a testament to our work, a case study on our social media successes was recently featured in a leading industry report outlining the top digital trends among associations. You can find our case study featured in Kellen's Social Media Impact Study for Associations 2015 here and download the full report for free here.

In 2015/2016, we are looking to continue to grow our following on our current channels, and expand onto others. With the impending launch of our re-designed website (expected late-Summer 2015), we plan to launch an online social community specifically for obesity professionals.

As part of these efforts, we are pleased to announce an all-new opportunity for a TOS member to contribute as a Social Media Liaison. We are offering a quarterly stipend of $1,000 for the support of a qualified obesity professional to monitor and post to our social media channels, as well as contribute to our online strategy.
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Last day to apply for the Susan G. Komen ObesityWeek℠ 2015 Travel Award
Today is the last day to apply for the Obesity and Cancer (OC) Section's Susan G. Komen ObesityWeek Travel award. Continuing the tradition of last year, the OC Section will convene a competition for travel support for three TOS members who plan to attend ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 2 - 7. The award decision will be based on the scientific quality of the abstract, the relevance to breast cancer and the travel need. A panel of senior OC Section members will make the decision upon review of submitted abstracts and inform the winners in advance by email.

To qualify, applicants must be:
  • At the rank of Junior Faculty (up to and including Assistant Professor)
  • Currently pursuing independent research
  • A current TOS and OC Section member, or become a member prior to receiving the award
  • In attendance at the 2015 OC Section meeting at ObesityWeek
  • Applications must include the following elements:
  • A short proposal (limited to 300 words) describing the applicant's research and its relevance to breast cancer, and how attending ObesityWeek will advance his or her professional, educational and research objectives.
  • NIH Biosketch of applicant
  • The application deadline is midnight ET on July 1, 2015. To apply, send your materials to Shameeka Green at

    These awards are generously funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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    Alcohol sensitizes brain response to food aromas and increases food intake in women, research shows
    The first study of its kind measuring the brain's role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol intoxication sensitizes the brain's response to food aromas and thus increases caloric intake. The research, led by William J. A. Eiler II, PhD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Departments of Medicine and Neurology, adds to the current body of knowledge that alcohol increases food intake, also known as the "aperitif effect," but shows this increased intake does not rely entirely on the oral ingestion of alcohol and its absorption through the gut. The study is published in the July issue of the journal Obesity, TOS's scientific journal.

    "The brain, absent contributions from the gut, can play a vital role in regulating food intake. Our study found that alcohol intoxication can both increase the brain's sensitivity to external food cues, like aromas, and result in greater food consumption," said Dr. Eiler. "Many alcoholic beverages already include empty calories, and when you combine those calories with the aperitif effect, it can lead to energy imbalance and possibly weight gain."

    Read the full study here, and view the press release from TOS here.

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    Apply for TOS's Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant
    TOS and Weight Watchers are pleased to partner to create the Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant. The grant will focus on the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss intervention that includes digital tools. One grant will be funded for $50,000 for a one-year period.

    All TOS members (domestic or international) at all career levels are eligible to apply. Applications from post-doctoral research fellows must have a mentor who is a current TOS member and be a member in their own right. Principal Investigators may only submit one application for this grant opportunity.

    All applications should be submitted to TOS before 11:59 am ET on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Additional details regarding this grant, including application submission instructions, are available here.

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    Look AHEAD: Initial weight loss could predict long-term success
    New research using data from the reputable Look AHEAD study suggests doctors may want to look at results from a patient's first two months of intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) to help predict his or her long-term success. The study conducted by Jessica L. Unick, PhD, of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School, Providence, RI and colleagues published in the July issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society, examined the association between initial weight loss (first two months of treatment) and long-term weight loss (eight years after initial treatment).

    "This is the first study of its kind to show that if patients enrolled in intensive lifestyle intervention treatments aren't successful in losing weight after the first two months of treatment, they aren't likely to be successful using this approach alone long-term," said lead author Dr. Unick. "The results imply that clinicians should evaluate ILI patients after the first two months and make a determination about the trajectory of the patient's treatment. This is a key time to determine whether additional treatment options may be necessary."

    Read the full study here, and view the press release from TOS here.

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    To find the solution to childhood obesity, NCCOR looks globally
    Contributed by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
    Obesity is a global issue. High rates of childhood obesity around the world are prompting governments, organizations and communities to take action in unprecedented ways. This includes developing and implementing policy measures, media campaigns and community-wide diet-related and physical activity initiatives.

    In October 2014, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) held a one-day forum — funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) — to convene leading international and interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to share lessons learned from global efforts to reduce childhood obesity in the United States and worldwide. Using childhood obesity as a case study, forum participants considered emerging areas and cross-cutting goals to achieve RWJF's mission of a Culture of Health.

    In support of this work, NCCOR invites you to view and share the summary report as well as presentations from the forum. Explore pressing issues in childhood obesity from a global perspective, including:
    • Promising and innovative strategies for promoting healthy eating and active living
    • Ideas for ensuring accountable and effective public health-industry partnerships
    • Interventions designed to reduce inequities
    The full report is available here.

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    OAC's 2015 Your Weight Matters National Convention: Learn with your patients
    Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
    With a variety of tools, resources and information available about weight and health, and the possibility of stumbling upon the wrong information at every corner, many people seek out a place where they can learn about the evidence-based information they're really looking for all at once. The 4th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention can offer exactly that to your patients, your staff and to you as well. YWM2015 will take place Aug. 13-16 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

    Attendees at YWM2015 can gain insight into how to relate to patients and provide them with answers to the questions they're facing. Physicians and staff will attend the same sessions and hear from the same health experts as patients, creating the opportunity for a unique exchange of ideas to advance obesity care and treatment.

    Physicians are encouraged to share this event with their patients, who can benefit from learning about the latest evidence-based strategies for weight management. Advanced registration is available until July 31. To learn more about YWM2015 and register to attend, visit

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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:
    Curtis KE, Lahiri S, Brown KE. Targeting Parents for Childhood Weight Management: Development of a Theory-Driven and User-Centered Healthy Eating App. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Jun 18;3(2):e69. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3857.

    Ahuja N, Ozdalga E, Aaronson A. Integrating Mobile Fitness Trackers Into the Practice of Medicine. AJLM. 2015 Apr 21. doi: 10.1177/1559827615583643

    Bender MS, Martinez S, Kennedy C. Designing a Culturally Appropriate Visually Enhanced Low-Text Mobile Health App Promoting Physical Activity for Latinos: A Qualitative Study. J Transcult Nurs. 2015 Jan 1. pii: 1043659614565249. [Epub ahead of print]
    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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    Why do you always want to eat more after you've had a drink? Alcohol makes the brain more sensitive to food aromas
    Daily Mail
    It is a familiar compulsion — the overwhelming need for a kebab, a burger or another calorie-rich treat in the early hours while you're merrily under the influence of your favourite tipple. Having consumed one or two too many alcoholic beverages — all laden with empty calories themselves - the post-booze binge just adds to the feelings of guilt and regret the next morning. But scientists believe they have identified why women in particular are compelled to eat more after drinking alcohol. It causes the brain to become more sensitive to food aromas, thus encouraging the appetite, scientists at Indiana University have revealed.
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    How to talk about obesity
    The Huffington Post
    A thoughtful article just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compares the process of building proficiency in patient communication with surgery: Both require a methodical approach that includes training, study, preparation, practice, and continual attention to improvement. Yet, while we intuitively appreciate the need to systematically learn and practice the mechanics of surgical procedures, we don't put the same emphasis on building and refining patient communication skills, especially when it comes to the complex subject of obesity.
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    Science shows health coverage works
    Legal and political experts will be discussing the ramifications of the Supreme Court's historic ruling in King v. Burwell for months to come, but the case's impact is purely personal for 6.4 million people in 34 states. Many of these individuals are currently battling chronic disease and will continue to receive the tax credits that help them afford the health plan they bought in the federal marketplace. Losing the tax credits made possible by the Affordable Care Act could have forced them to drop coverage, ending their ability to get needed care.
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    Lifting the lid on fat, bringing the hammer down on sugar
    A new commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association celebrates recommendations for new dietary guidelines lifting the lid on fat and bringing the hammer down on sugar: The limit on total fat presents an obstacle to sensible change, promoting harmful low-fat foods, undermining attempts to limit intakes of refined starch and added sugar and discouraging the restaurant and food industry from providing products higher in healthful fats.
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    USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares
    Fox News
    As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity. About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches.
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    Few people heading toward diabetes know it
    Only about one in eight people with so-called pre-diabetes, often a precursor to full-blown disease, know they have a problem, a U.S. study found. Lacking awareness, people with the elevated blood sugar levels were also less likely to make lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise or eating less sugary food that might prevent them from ultimately becoming diabetic.
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    Eating protein before carbs may lower glucose levels
    Medical News Today via HealthCentral
    The order in which you consume food during a meal can affect your blood sugar level, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Previous studies had suggested eating protein before carbohydrates might be a simple way to lower glucose levels, so the team wanted to see if this held true for a typical meal in a western diet, which usually includes protein, vegetables, fat and carbohydrates.
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