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A Message from Our President
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As we sit at its midpoint, thus far 2012 is proving to be a very good year for the obesity field. At the risk of jinxing it, I'd like to review the most positive of this year's developments. Already this year we have had two strong FDA panels with TOS member experts serving. Both panels voted favorably to approve new obesity drugs. In February HHS dropped language excluding weight loss programs and bariatric surgery from the Consumer Education Document for Exchanges. In May a community of 45 healthcare organizations came together through an ad in Politico asking all Americans to call on their legislators to "Treat Obesity with Respect." More


Register Now for Obesity 2012! — Early-Bird Registration Ends June 20th
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Attendees may book housing and register for the Annual Meeting by clicking HERE.

Advance Program:
Click HERE to view and download the online Advance Program.

Preconference workshops:
The TOS preconference workshops are intended to provide the attendee with the basics needed to understand and apply the techniques in this field to their obesity research. There will also be a day and a half prep course for the Obesity Medicine Certification Exam. Click HERE to learn more.

Who should attend?
Click HERE to Read about Who Should Attend TOS 2012

See video footage of TOS members sharing their thoughts about our annual meeting
To see video clips, click the icon and look for videos on the left side of our Annual Meeting Page.
Late Breaking Abstracts
Late-Breaking Abstracts Are Being Accepted for Submission to Obesity 2012 The Obesity Society will be accepting late-breaking abstracts for the 2012 Annual Meeting, beginning in late June. Abstracts may be submitted in the following four tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health and Policy
Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as oral presentations or as posters. The call for Abstracts website will close on July 13.

To learn more click HERE.

Housing Piracy Warning
The Obesity Society reminds all Obesity 2012 attendees and exhibitors to use the official Society-Society-Contracted vendor, Wyndham Jade, for all reservation needs. You may access the reservation system through the Obesity 2012 website or by calling directly at 888-241-8405 for U.S. and Canada or 972-349-7485 for international. It has come to the attention of The Obesity Society that a small number of attendees have been contacted by a non-sanctioned housing vendor and have been offered reservation assistance. Any information or updates regarding housing will be sent by The Obesity Society or by Wyndham Jade. The Obesity Society and its contracted housing vendor do not solicit attendees for housing reservations. Please DO NOT give personal or contact information to anyone who may contact you claiming to be able to provide housing assistance.

Columbus Instruments: Oxymax-CLAMS

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• Calorimetry
• Activity
• Food intake
• Automated caloric restriction
• Drinking
• Wheel running
• Body temperature & heart rate (telemetry)
• Body mass,
• Urine & feces monitoring,
• Environment-controlled enclosures (temperature and light cycle).

Texas Obesity Research Center: Call for Abstracts
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Time for a Transcultural, Transdisciplinary, Transformational Approach to End Obesity
The Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) will host its biennial conference, "Time for a Transcultural, Transdisciplinary, Transformational Approach to End Obesity" November 5-6, 2012, in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. The TORC conference will be presented together with a meeting of the Multinational Collaboration to Increase Physical Activity in Hispanics (1R13CA162816), which includes investigators from Canada, Mexico, and the USA.

Basic Science Newsbrief: The link between periodontal disease and obesity/Type 2 diabetes — Causal or association?
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Longitudinal studies have documented the strong association of type 2 diabetes (T2D) with the severity of periodontal disease (PD). The 2011 national diabetes fact sheet reported that adults older than 45 years with poorly controlled T2D (HbA1C % > 9) are at 2.9 times the risk for developing severe PD. The important outstanding questions are how these two diseases are related, and whether treatment of one should be expected to influence pathology of the other. More

TOS Members Michael Rosenbaum and Rudy Leibel Featured in HBO Documentary Series on Obesity
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Tos members Michael Rosenbaum and Rudy Leibel were recently asked to share their expertise regarding one of the most importand and health crisis facing our country and beyond. Through participating in the vreation of the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation. More

MotionWatch 8 by CamNtech

Wrist-worn actigraph for Activity, Sleep, and Circadian Rhythm Research.

• NPCRA functionality
• Direct USB connection
• User replaceable battery
• Integrated light sensor and   event marking
• Records up to 180 days with   a 1 minute epoch
• Download data without   removal from subject
• Software compatible with   Actiwatch 4 and 7 files

The Arthritis Foundation releases new report that outlines practical strategies to make physical activity convenient and accessible for adults with arthritis
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The Arthritis Foundation has released its Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults with Arthritis, a new report that outlines practical strategies to make physical activity convenient and accessible for adults with arthritis. While many Americans know about the debilitating effects of arthritis, few understand the important role of physical activity in managing and improving this chronic condition.

Please click the link above for lots of great additional information.


FDA OKs first new prescription diet drug in a decade
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The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to the first new prescription diet drug in more than a decade. Lorcaserin, to be sold as Belviq, from Arena Pharmaceuticals works on brain chemistry to create a feeling of fullness. It helps people lose about 5 percent or more of their starting weight when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. More

FDA approves new diet drug, Belviq
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VideoBrief The FDA approved the first new presciption diet drug in more than a decade, called Belviq. Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, talks to Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill about the drug's promise. More

US Task Force recommends obesity screening, counseling for obese patients
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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has issued two new recommendations that advise health professionals to keep better tabs on their patients' weights. The panel of medical experts who advise the government on treatment guidelines said that primary care physicians should screen their adult patients for obesity, which is a person who has a body mass index of 30 or more. In comparison, a normal BMI is under 25. Anything in between the two numbers is considered overweight. More

Obesity researchers study thin people for clues about hunger and metabolism
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For years, people have been told to diet, control their appetites, use a little willpower. But more and more scientists believe the obesity epidemic has been triggered by a combination beyond an individual's control: genes, and how they interact with an environment of abundant, tasty, inexpensive and hard-to-resist food. By looking at people who are near their ideal body weight, reseachers hope to figure out what causes so many others to be overweight or uncontrollably fat. More

Taxes on sugary beverages could fund obesity prevention
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Sugar-sweetened beverages account for nearly half of the added sugar in Americans' diets, and they contribute to the nation's expanding waistline, an American Medical Association report says. Taxing such beverages is one way states and communities can finance much-needed obesity prevention programs and obesity education campaigns, according to AMA policy adopted by the House of Delegates at the Association's Annual Meeting. More

Study links child abuse to adult obesity
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Black women who were abused as children may go on to have a higher rate of obesity as adults, a large observational study showed. Severe physical and sexual abuse in childhood or the teen years predicted 29 percent higher risk of overall and abdominal obesity in this segment of the U.S. population, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, M.D., ScD, of Boston University, and colleagues found. The associations persisted after adjustment for physical activity, socioeconomics, depression, and other key factors. More

Who has power over food?
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Addressing the twin crises of malnutrition around the world — hunger and obesity — demands that we ask who has power over food, rather than question just the mere presence or absence of food. This is the argument of Raj Patel, activist, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Development Studies, in a new Essay in PLoS Medicine, which says that "understanding hunger and malnutrition requires an examination of what systems and institutions hold power over food," including the role of gender and the importance of food sovereignty. More

Obesity proving complicated and personal
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The pursuit of effective therapies for weight loss has been under way for decades —long before obesity was even recognized as a public health crisis. Yet, compared with other areas of drug development, R&D for weight loss therapies has seen remarkably little advancement — and innovation. Rather, the space has been riddled with drama and plagued by disappointing failures. More


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