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ObesityWeek℠ 2015 is one day shorter this year
Special letter from TOS's ObesityWeek 2015 Program Chair
Dear ObesityWeek attendees,

We are approaching the 60-day mark to our third annual ObesityWeek meeting in Los Angeles. We fully expect that ObesityWeek will once again be a success, and we wish to direct your attention to a few changes to this year's meeting.

Based on member feedback, the meeting will be one day shorter this year. We scheduled content before the Opening Session on Tuesday Nov. 3, which results in the meeting ending after a full day of sessions on Friday, Nov. 6. This change to the program directly addresses feedback that we have received over the previous years, and we are hopeful that it will facilitate attendees' travel.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles, and please plan to attend the oral sessions that begin on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 pm. You can review the full interactive schedule of ObesityWeek events here.

Thank you and see you in LA!


Terry T. Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH, FTOS
TOS Program Chair, ObesityWeek 2015 Board of Managers
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ObesityWeek 2015 early registration extended to Aug. 28
Early registration for ObesityWeek 2015 has been extended to Friday, Aug. 28. Register now to take advantage of early registration rates. The third annual ObesityWeek conference will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nov. 2 – 6, 2015. In addition to joint sessions and keynotes, a single registration fee covers both TOS and ASMBS meeting sessions and events. ASMBS and TOS members get discounted rates by entering ASMBS or TOS username when registering. Join today and save!

Don't forget to plan your ObesityWeek itinerary using our interactive schedule. See you in L.A.!

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TOS announces early career webinar: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing
TOS Early Career Member Committee
Being a successful principal investigator or member of a research team requires winning grants in an increasingly competitive funding climate. The Obesity Society's Early Career Member Committee is pleased to announce its second webinar titled: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing.

Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 2:00-3:00pm EST. Members and guests at all career stages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please register online by Sept. 13, 2015.

This webinar is designed to highlight key strategies for writing a successful proposal. Topics will include:
  • The idea development process
  • Size and scope of your research aims
  • Highlighting the novelty and innovation of your idea
  • Budget narratives
  • "Deal-breakers" to avoid
  • Style and tone
The webinar will be structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists: Drs. Julie Lumeng from the University of Michigan and Gareth Dutton from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Michele Levine from the University of Pittsburgh will moderate the discussion. Attendees will also have an opportunity submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software. Find out more and register online.

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Frequent interruptions in bouts of sedentary behavior with light intensity activities improves glycemia
Contributed by Shu Wen Ng, PhD
A recent meta-analysis published in the September issue of Obesity by Sebastien Chastin, PhD, and colleagues found that taking frequent "breaks" from sedentary behavior by engaging in even light activities such as standing, walking and easy stretching can help control adiposity and postprandial glycemia (high plasma glucose concentrations after eating that indicates poor glycemic control).

In the study, researchers pooled the results from experimental and observational studies on adults that examined the relationships between the frequency of interruptions of sedentary behavior and markers of adiposity and a number of measures of cardiometabolic health in adults. From the nine experimental studies that met the criteria, it was found that even light intensity may have a positive effect on glycemia but not on lipidemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood), but it is unclear whether this effect is independent of total sitting time. The ten observational studies showed an association with sedentary behavior "breaks," which was independent of total sedentary time, but only for obesity metrics. While the current evidence does not show that breaks from sedentary behavior reduce inflammatory response, there is consistent evidence that interruption of sitting with short, frequent bouts of light or moderate-to-vigorous intensity activities improves postprandial glycemia. It is still unclear whether taking breaks in sedentary behavior will have similar impact on other outcomes and more research needs to be conducted.

Read the full article in the Obesity journal here.

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Obesity Forum 2015: Free CME opportunity coming soon to a city near you!
Join more than 200 of your fellow internal medicine and family medicine physicians, endocrinologists, cardiologists, NPs and PAs at Obesity Forum® 2015. This event is coming soon to the following locations:
  • Saturday, Sept. 12 — Houston
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 – Los Angeles
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 – Chicago
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 – New York
This exciting, case-based, interactive educational activity will feature world-renowned specialists addressing the biggest issues facing health care providers who treat patients with overweight and obesity. They will discuss the association between obesity and related comorbidities, overcoming barriers in managing patients with overweight and obesity, as well as the safety, efficacy, and appropriate use of newly approved medications to treat obesity. This activity will highlight challenging cases where learners can compare their management strategies with those of the faculty, and will offer the opportunity for one-on-one interaction during a Meet the Experts workshop.

Register today at or 877-307-5225, ext. 219 or 476.
Registration is complimentary

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education with The Obesity Society as a collaborative partner. This activity is supported by educational grants from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and Novo Nordisk, Inc.

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Upcoming IOM workshop on early childhood obesity: Science & Solutions (Oct. 6)
Contributed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
What can we do to address overweight and obesity among society's youngest? On October 6, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions will host Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: Emerging Science & Implementation of Promising Solutions — A Workshop. Speakers and panelists will explore overweight and obesity in the earliest years of life, identify promising points of intervention, and highlight innovative, cross-sector solutions for prevention and treatment of obesity among young children.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 am ET
Where: Auditorium, NAS Building (2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC)
This workshop will cover:
  • High risk groups & disparities in early childhood obesity
  • Modifiable risk factors from pregnancy to age five
  • Promising and innovative cross-sector solutions for prevention & treatment
Can't join us there? Tune in via webcast! Learn more and register here.

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AHRQ review — Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
As the back to school season is upon us, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) would like to tell TOS members about their FREE review on Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-Analysis.. The new research report from AHRQ finds that some interventions of diet and physical activity are effective in preventing childhood obesity. Access the full review for more information on the different types of programs and settings that are effective in preventing childhood obesity.

Don't forget to share the news with colleagues next week, since September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

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New grant available from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
A new funding opportunity from the NIMH — the mental health division of the National Institutes of Health – aims to support research grants focused on testing interventions that reduce the prevalence and magnitude of common health risk factors in young adults with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and severe mental illness. These risk factors include smoking, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, low physical activity, substance use, poor fitness and diet.

Letters of intent are due Oct. 6, 2015. More information about the funding opportunity is available here.

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OAC's Your Weight Matters Annual Convention paves the way for future activism
Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) welcomed 575 registrants to the Lone Star State for three full days of obesity education, advocacy and support. In its fourth year, the Your Weight Matters National Convention empowered those in attendance to recognize the complexities of obesity and stand with the OAC.

The theme for YWM2015, Our Journey — Restore. Refresh. Renew., quickly became apparent as attendees from throughout the U.S. bonded as a united voice and realized that they are not alone in the journey of weight and health. With a strong educational foundation delivered by some of the leading healthcare professionals in the nation, registrants armed themselves with the necessary evidence-based information to not only improve their weight and health, but also to move forward with the OAC in raising awareness of obesity, combating weight bias, advocating for access to care and much more.

"This was a very special Convention as we had the exciting opportunity to celebrate the OAC's 10 Year Anniversary during the meeting. While we've seen tremendous growth as an organization, this Convention really exemplifies the conduit for individuals to connect with each other, learn and take action," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

Read more about OAC and the convention here.

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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:
Burke LE, Ma J, Azar KM, et al. Current Science on Consumer Use of Mobile Health for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015 Aug 13. pii: CIR.0000000000000232. [Epub ahead of print]

Chung LM, Fong SS, Law QP, et al. Theoretical examination of behavioural feedback in the application of teledietetics to weight reduction. J Telemed Telecare. 2015 Jul 21. pii: 1357633X15595557. [Epub ahead of print]

Litman L, Rosen Z, Spierer D, et al. Mobile Exercise Apps and Increased Leisure Time Exercise Activity: A Moderated Mediation Analysis of the Role of Self-Efficacy and Barriers. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Aug 14;17(8):e195. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4142.
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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Liraglutide's weight effect confirmed in T2D patients
MedPage Today
Liraglutide, a drug marketed as Victoza for diabetes and recently approved for weight-loss under the brand name Saxenda, helped overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes lose weight, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. After about a year of once-daily injections with liraglutide 3 mg, patients lost an average of 6.4 kg from baseline compared to 2.2 kg in a placebo group, said lead investigator Melanie Davies, MD, of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and colleagues.
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Scientists discover the key to how obesity gene works
The Boston Globe
Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise. The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn’t know how, and could not tie it to appetite or other known factors.
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Study: Physician support key to successful weight loss
Medical News Today
A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor's support as particularly helpful lost about twice as many pounds as those who didn't. In a report on the study by Johns Hopkins researchers, published in Patient Education and Counseling, the researchers say the findings could inform the development of weight loss programs that give primary care physicians a starring role.
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Low-level arsenic exposure before birth associated with early puberty and obesity in female mice
National Institutes of Health
Female mice exposed in utero, or in the womb, to low levels of arsenic through drinking water displayed signs of early puberty and became obese as adults, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The finding is significant because the exposure level of 10 parts per billion used in the study is the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard, or maximum allowable amount, for arsenic in drinking water. The study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, serves as a good starting point for examining whether low-dose arsenic exposure could have similar health outcomes in humans.
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CV risk factors, obesity common in women undergoing hysterectomy
In a recent study, women who underwent hysterectomy with ovarian conservation had a higher frequency of CV risk factors, particularly obesity. The Mayo Clinic Study of Uterine Disease and Health included 3,816 women in Olmsted County, Minnesota, who underwent hysterectomy with ovarian conservation from 1965 to 2002. The median age at hysterectomy was 41 years. The goal was to identify CV risk factors and pre-existing CVD prior to the index date in women undergoing hysterectomy and matched controls who did not undergo hysterectomy prior to the index date or the date of the case hysterectomy.
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Hunker in the bunker
After more than two decades of rising obesity rates, signs of a bunker mentality among people dealing with the problem should not be surprising. And indeed, they're not hard to find. On one hand, you have dedicated, but frustrated, public health professionals feeling threatened by their foes in big food and big soda. They are unwavering in their conviction that they're pursuing the right strategies. They just need to press on harder and longer. They keep finding "fragile signs of progress" in their long struggle.
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Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent — regardless of nutrition
Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.
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2 non-surgical bariatric treatments for obesity approved by FDA
If you choose to get bariatric surgery you should be aware that there will be some ouch. After all, it is surgery. The ouch will disappear with time, but the mark of surgery is like the house guest who seems in no special hurry to leave. Eventually both will pass, but it's going to take longer then you would like.
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