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Insurance legislators pass resolution encouraging obesity treatment coverage
TOS Advocacy Committee
On July 19, 2015, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Executive Committee passed by a vote of 13-3, a resolution in "Support of Efforts to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease." The membership of NCOIL consists of the chairs and members of insurance committees in state legislatures across the country. The purpose of the resolution is to encourage state policymakers to focus on increasing access to obesity pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery in Health Exchange benchmark plans, Medicaid and other state health programs as well as Qualified Health Plans offered through the exchanges.

The adoption of this new policy by NCOIL resulted from the leadership of New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Louisiana State Representative Marcus Hunter who worked over the last two years in crafting the final policy that was adopted on July 19th. Their accomplishment is even more remarkable given that NCOIL has never passed any resolutions or model legislation that has focused on any specific disease category.

The Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) views the passage of the NCOIL obesity resolution as yet another positive step toward the OCC’s goal of securing universal coverage of obesity treatment services across the country. OCC groups contribute the success of this latest effort to the strong involvement of patient advocates and industry support at the local level — working to educate policymakers on the key NCOIL committees regarding the critical need for treating obesity seriously! Read more in the story by ConscienHealth here and the full resolution here.

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Survey of obesity professionals measures weight perceptions, behaviors
Contributed by the University of Nottingham
Researchers are surveying professionals working in obesity, nutrition, and health — either as clinicians, researchers, policy makers, or others — to evaluate how professionals' own weight and health behaviors can affect the way they feel about themselves and their practice.

TOS members can support this work by completing a short online survey developed using psychometric scales to ensure reliable and valid data. The survey can be accessed here until Dec. 31, 2015.

Please note that all data are anonymous and that more information about the study (ethical approval, data security and complaints procedures, etc.) is available via the URL above.

Any questions/comments, can be directed to Dr. Judy Anne Swift at and Dr. Duane Mellor at .

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Let's re-visualize the obesity epidemic
Contributed by US Department of Health and Human Services
The United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Data Consortium, and the de Beaumont Foundation are looking for innovative thinkers, public health advocates, and data-lovers to address the obesity epidemic. Using open data sources like local information on outdoor exercise options or locations of food deserts in combination with traditional health data like obesity rates, challenge participants should design new tools to give communities, public health practitioners, and medical professionals a new means to improve public health.
  • WHO: Multidisciplinary teams or individual developers, designers, programmers, and data scientists
  • WHAT: Create data visualization tools and applications
  • WHEN: Submissions are due July 31, 2015
  • WHY: To create new tools to address the obesity epidemic
  • PRIZES: $40,000
  • For more information, visit the Challenge Page or email Kate Reutersward at

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    Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Steve Heymsfield, MD, FTOS
    Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

    Steve Heymsfield, MD, 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 Steve Heymsfield, MD, FTOS, Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
    A: My work focuses on human metabolism, body composition and clinical research.

    Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?

    A: Be passionate and altruistic; collaborate if needed to do great work.

    Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?

    A: The potential for real translational research.

    Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
    A: I am a passionate artist, an antique collector, and close with my family.

    Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Heymsfield here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on August 5!

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    Submit your late-breaking research to ObesityWeek
    Do you have new data that was not available during the regular TOS abstract submission period? There is still time to submit your research for presentation at ObesityWeek.

    If you collected or analyzed new data after May 11, you may participate in TOS's late-breaking abstract submission process, Aug. 3 – 17. Late breaking abstracts must describe new and high impact research based on data that was not available for the May deadline. Find out more.

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    Texas Biomed establishes the TOPS® Nutrition and Obesity Research Center
    Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Wisconsin-based non-profit Take Off Pounds Sensibly® are establishing the new TOPS® Nutrition and Obesity Research Center with the goal of conducting research into the causes, health risks and treatment of human obesity. Studies at the Center will focus on the role of genetic predisposition to metabolic changes, nutritional preferences, appetite regulation, food intake and choice and incidence of obesity-related illnesses.

    "Genetics research has been immensely successful at identifying genes related to obesity; however, we want to now take that knowledge and look at the outcomes of these genetic variants in patients," said Dr. Michael Olivier, TOS member and Chair of the Department of Genetics at Texas Biomed, and Co-Director of the new Center. "We want to understand how genes affect how and what people eat and the effects of food choices on health outcomes."

    Through this partnership and the new Center, researchers at Texas Biomed will have an opportunity to reach out to TOPS members and their relatives who are willing to participate in studies related to obesity and utilize the extensive history of positive weight management outcomes TOPS has documented over the past several decades.

    "This provides an opportunity for scientists to work directly with study participants who choose to participate and also have access to information collected on these volunteers over extended periods in the past" said Dr. Anthony Comuzzie, FTOS, Co-Director of the TOPS® Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and Scientist at Texas Biomed. Read more.

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    Most people with obesity will never reach normal weight
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    Weight loss is considered a major health goal for people who are obese, but the reality is that few reach a normal weight or keep any lost pounds off, a new study shows. In any given year, obese men had a 1-in-210 chance of dropping to a normal weight, according to the study, which tracked over 176,000 obese British adults. Women fared a bit better: Their odds were 1 in 124, the study found.
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    Scientists say they've isolated the taste of fat, and it's terrible. Why?
    Many scientists believe that fat is a basic taste — in other words, that the human body is biologically tailored to detect it. If true, this has major implications for obesity research and human biology in general. It also means, that like the five known basic tastes (bitter, salty, sour, sweet, and umami, or savoriness), fat tastes like ... itself. It has a distinct, one-of-a-kind taste, and patterns of brain activity that generate it.
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    Scientists identify possible binge eating gene in teenagers
    Bailiwick Express
    Around ten percent of adults and teenagers binge-eat — characterized by excessively over-eating with a feeling of losing control over what they are consuming — and binge eating is most common in individuals who are overweight or obese. While it has been established that a combination of genetic and environmental factors lead to eating disorders, until now there has been limited research into how specific genes increase the likelihood of binge eating behaviors in adolescence that can lead to obesity.
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    NIH Body Weight Planner added to USDA SuperTracker food and activity tool
    National Institutes of Health
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health have partnered to add the NIH Body Weight Planner to USDA's SuperTracker online tool as a goal-setting resource to help people achieve and stay at a healthy weight. Created in 2011, the SuperTracker External Web Site Policy tool empowers people to build a healthier diet, manage weight, and reduce risk of chronic disease. Users can determine what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.
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    Scientists keep finding more evidence that bacteria in your stomach are connected to your mood
    Business Insider via Yahoo Finance
    It's become an accepted fact that the millions of bacteria that live inside and all over us have a big impact on our health, with connections to gastrointestinal conditions and relationships to digestion, obesity, and skin conditions being in a way, intuitive: All those bacteria are right there, so it's perhaps not that surprising that they affect bodily functions in their same region.
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    Childhood stress may spur weight gain in women
    HealthDay News
    Childhood stress appears to play a significant role in some women's weight gain, a new study suggests. Stress during adulthood does not affect women's weight gain, the researchers found. And neither childhood nor adult stress is associated with weight gain in men. Childhood may be a critical time for establishing patterns that affect women's weight over time, said study author Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University.
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    Pharmacologic options boost weight loss
    Successful obesity treatment starts with behavioral interventions and lifestyle changes. For patients with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2, or greater than 27 kg/m2 with a weight-related comorbidity, such as diabetes or hypertension, medications can enhance the effects of a healthy diet and increased physical activity, according to Caroline M. Apovian, M.D., director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.
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    Metabolic syndrome common in lupus
    MedPage Today
    The cluster of cardiovascular risk factors comprising metabolic syndrome was present in more than one-third of a large cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, British researchers found. In a cohort of 1,150 patients, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 38.2 percent among those with complete data on study enrollment. At one year, metabolic syndrome was present in 34.8 percent of the cohort and at year two, it was present in 35.4 percent, reported Ben Parker, M.D., of Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre at the University of Manchester, and colleagues.
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