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A Message from Our President
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It's hard to believe that summer has almost passed already! I hope you had a chance to take a break and power down for a while, and come back rejuvenated.

I also hope that on your return, preparing for the TOS meeting will be at the top of your to-do list. It is September 20-24 in San Antonio. It's not too late to register, and as of this writing we still had a few hotel rooms in our block! The Program Committee, under the leadership of Chair Carey Lumeng and Co-Chair Alison Field, has put together a blockbuster program.


Register Now for Obesity 2012!
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Click HERE to register.

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.

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.

Who Should Attend?:
Click HERE to Read about Who Should Attend TOS 2012.

Special Announcement Regarding This Year's Abstract Supplement: TOS is Going Green!:
For anyone attending the TOS Annual Scientific Meeting, this will be the first year that TOS is going green and providing the Abstract Supplement available downloadable as a searchable PDF as part of your registration. But for those of you who still prefer a paper copy, we are offering the opportunity to purchase it for $10 through your registration. If you’ve already registered, you can call customer service at 888-241-8405 and they can add it to your registration.

Supporters of Obesity of 2012:
Click HERE for more information.

Keynote Debate:
Click HERE for more information.

Please take a moment and visit the Exhibitor listing on Click HERE to access Exhibitor Newsletters describing their organizations and how they can benefit you.

Columbus Instruments: Oxymax-CLAMS

The leading innovator and manufacturer of laboratory animal metabolism monitors, systems are built on a semi-custom basis to your needs.

• 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).

TOS Election Results are in! TOS Welcomes Incoming Council Members for 2012/2013.
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The following were elected by Fellows and Regular members of The Obesity Society for Council and the Nominating Committee. Please click HERE to view the results. Congratulations to all!

Have You Visited Our Clinician Directory?
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The Obesity Society's Clinician Directory is a fantastic tool for finding Clinicians in specific fields and in specific Geographic locations! The Directory includes Society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all aspects of the field of obesity and can assist you in finding clinical care professionals. Click HERE access the TOS Clinician Directory.

Clinicians make sure that you are included in this valuable resource: click HERE to become a member, which will enable you to be listed in the Directory.

Current Member Clinicians, click HERE to log onto the Member Center and add your profile to promote yourself and your practice.

Section Corner
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Clinical Management:
There are a few seats available for "Meet the Professor" at Obesity 2012. Come share breakfast with leaders in clinical obesity medicine. Sign up with Dr. Caroline Apovian Saturday September 22 and Dr. John Jakicic Sunday September 23, by contacting Kelly Evans at or 301.563.6526.

eHealth/ mHealth:
Join us for the inaugural meeting of the eHealth/mHealth (EMS) Section on Sunday, September 23, from 12.15-2.15. Rapid advancements in the capabilities of mobile technology and electronic media have greatly increased the possibilities for enhancing the treatment and prevention of obesity. The section will leverage the expertise within The Obesity Society to improve the lives of those affected by obesity by realizing the potential from these new technologies. The 2-hour session will include the following:
  • Dr. Wendy Nilsen will receive the first EMS PIONEER award for excellence in the field
  • Dr. Nilsen will deliver the inaugural key note presentation addressing state-of-the-art mHealth interventions with a focus on obesity
  • Presentation of awards for best eHealth/mHealth posters
  • Discussion of plans for the section
GET INVOLVED!!! Lunch will be provided for the first 125 people. Come and be part of shaping the development of this exciting new section as we promote the use of novel technologies to enhance obesity research and treatment. Click here to register for Obesity 2012 and sign up to attend the EMS Meeting & Lunch.

Latin America Affairs Section:
The Latin American Affairs Section is pleased to announce their 2012 Symposium-Sunday, September 23, 12:15-1:15pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – Room 205

What is Unique about Latin America and Its Obesity Dynamics?
Speakers: Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Obesity: Research Implications for Latin American Countries Speaker: Margarita Teran-Garcia M.D., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lunch will be provided to the first 60 attendees — Simultaneous Spanish translation will also be provided.*

* Please Note: Due to the lack of requests, simultaneous translation of the pre-conference Pediatric Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: Prevention and Treatment has been cancelled.

Kudos to Dr. Richard Atkinson
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Dr. Richard Atkinson represented TOS at PACO II (Second Pan-American Conference on Obesity, with Special Attention to Childhood Obesity) which was held in Aruba in June, 2012. The Minister of Health of Aruba is very much concerned about childhood obesity and this was their second conference — scientists and health professionals from the Americas were present and discussed how to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Dr. Atkinson spoke about "Alternate Causes of Obesity Amenable to Public Health Measures."

To Read More about PACO II and Dr. Atkinson’s Involvement click HERE.

Become a Member of TOS! View Video Commentary by TOS Members
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There is a new feature on the TOS Website: Members Videos of members sharing their perspectives on why their membership in TOS has and will be beneficial to them.

Visit any of the pages listed below to see why TOS members love TOS!

TOS Member Receives Achievement Award!
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Congratulations to TOS member Stephen R. Cook, MD, MPH winner of the 2012 Millie & Richard Brock Award in Pediatrics at The New York Academy of Medicine

The Brock Lecture, Award and Visiting Professorship in Pediatrics was established by Millie and Richard Brock in 1995 on the 100th anniversary of the NYAM Section on Pediatrics. The Award sponsors a nationally recognized leader in pediatrics to receive the Brock Award for distinguished contributions to pediatrics, deliver the annual Brock Lecture, and engage in 1-2 day visiting professorship at a New York-area pediatrics training program. The Brock Lecture held at NYAM must address issues concerned with providing care for underserved children.

The 2012 awardee, Stephen R. Cook, MD, MPH, will deliver his lecture, "Community Strategies for Childhood Obesity: A Five-year Experience," at The New York Academy of Medicine on the evening of Thursday, October 11.

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation
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Funding Opportunity offered by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More

September 2012 Basic Science Newsbrief
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The idea that bloodborne endotoxin, a natural component of many bacteria living in, on and around our bodies, may be a marker of our mucosal microbiomes (like the gut, the mouth, urogenital tract) is a clinically important possibility toward the development of biomarkers for the demonstrated "leaky gut syndrome" associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes and other diseases. 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
Velotron Electronic Bicycle Ergometer
High performance bicycle ergometer with 2300W Wingate test. Repeatability, +/- 0.25%. Absolute accuracy, +/- 1.5%. Permanent calibration with quick self check. Functions as a conventional ergometer from 5W to 2000W, and as a precision road bike simulator with adjustable bike dimensions, bike components, and adjustable shifting. Full suite of performance recording and interactive computer graphics and video software. Below $10,000. MORE
Akrimax Pharmaceuticals
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Can information and technology really cure obesity?
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While technology is widely vilified as a major cause of the epidemic obesity that plagues the U.S. and other parts of the developed world, today's crop of mobile devices, apps, large data sets of health information, electronic medical records, and Big Data analytics, when combined, might just have a chance to undo what 100 years of sitting on our collective butts has done. More

Obesity Society praises 'Find Your Greatness' advertisement during Olympics
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As part of Nike's "Find Your Greatness"campaign, a commercial showed an obese 12-year-old boy slowly jogging the distance of a lonely country road. A British-accented narrator speaks with a cadence that seems to match the boy's jogging. The Obesity Society praised the commercial in a statement "for deliberately, and with simplicity and grace, taking on the issue of obesity stigma and bias" and underscored the message that "individual athletic achievement is within the reach of everyone, whatever their starting point." Amen! More

Study: Obesity could speed up mental decline
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The findings of a new study, published in the journal Neurology, show that people who are obese and have hypertension, low "good" cholesterol levels, high triglycerides or high blood sugar — what are known as "metabolic abnormalities" — are more likely to experience cognitive decline at a faster rate than people without any of these conditions. More

ESC: Obesity tied to Afib in young women
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Although atrial fibrillation rarely occurs in young women, a Danish study found that the cardiac arrhythmia is 3.5 times more likely to occur in seriously obese women. After adjustment for age, comorbidity, medications and smoking, the risk of experiencing atrial fibrillation in women ages 20 to 50 with a body mass index of more than 35 was 3.50 per 100,000 person-years more than that of normal weight women with a BMI of 18.5 to 25, according to Deniz Karasoy, M.D., a cardiology fellow at Gentofte University Hospital, in Copenhagen, and colleagues. More

Human Metabolic-rate Systems

Sable Systems' human metabolic-rate systems are more precise, stable and user friendly than any metabolic cart. Portable or bench-top systems automate acquisition of VO2, VCO2 and RER. Analysis is GLP compliant. MORE
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan is the basic plan for weight loss used by most Medifast clients. Medifast Meals are low-fat and have a low glycemic index. They are safe for clients with type 2 diabetes. MORE


Fat-bellied people at higher death risk than obese
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Normal-weight people with fat bellies have a higher risk of death than the obese, according to data presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich. People with a normal body mass index, or BMI, and "central obesity" as defined by a high waist-to-hip ratio had the greatest risk of cardiovascular-related death and the highest death risk overall, researchers said today in a statement. The risk of cardiovascular death was 2.75 times higher and the risk of death from all causes was 2.08 times higher compared with subjects with normal BMI and a normal waist-to-hip ratio. More

Study: Obesity surgery can help prevent diabetes
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Doctors are reporting a new benefit from weight-loss surgery — preventing diabetes. Far fewer obese people developed that disease if they had stomach-shrinking operations rather than usual care to try to slim down, a large study in Sweden found. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are provoking fresh debate about when adjustable bands and other bariatric procedures should be offered. More

Obesity in Wales 'just behind USA'
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Wales' obesity "epidemic" is so bad that it lags just behind world leader, the United States, and it is getting worse, a prominent obesity doctor has warned. Dr. Nadim Haboubi said a lack of NHS resources in Wales meant thousands of people were missing out on essential surgery and community help. He added that the NHS in England intervened earlier to prevent related health issues such as diabetes. More

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VideoBrief Women with a BMI higher than 30 have an increased risk of return breast cancer — as well as a greater risk of death — than women of normal weight according to a new study from the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York. More

Obesity is bad for sperm
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Wannabe dads should get in shape before trying to conceive, suggests a new study that found a man's obesity may have a negative impact on his sperm. Researchers at the University of Melbourne used in vitro fertilization to create embryos from the sperm of normal weight male mice and obese ones. The fatter dads had been fed the mouse equivalent of a fast food diet for 10 weeks, a statement from the university explained. The researchers then analyzed the effects of the father's obesity on embryo implantation and fetal development. More

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