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Top papers announced for 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
The editors of the journal Obesity are pleased to announce the four winning papers that will be featured in the 3rd annual Obesity Journal Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 5:15–6:15pm PT. This session will highlight the following innovative papers, which will be published in a special section of the November 2015 issue of Obesity:
  • Cell Phone Intervention for You (CITY): A Randomized Controlled Trial of Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Young Adults Using Mobile Technology, Laura P. Svetkey, MD, MHS, Duke University Medical Center
  • Noninvasive Neuromodulation Targeted to the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Induces Changes in Energy Intake and Weight Loss in Obesity, Marci E. Gluck, PhD, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health
  • Maternal High-Fat Diet and Obesity Impact Palatable Food Intake and Dopamine Signaling in Nonhuman Primate Offspring, Heidi M. Rivera, PhD, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Radiologic Evidence that Hypothalamic Gliosis is Associated with Obesity and Insulin Resistance in Humans, Ellen Schur, MD, MS, University of Washington
  • Congratulations to the authors for their groundbreaking work! Don't forget to add this session to your itinerary as you plan your schedule.

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    Record number of physicians seek ABOM certification
    Contributed by ABOM
    A record number of physicians applied to take the 2015 American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam, recognizing doctors for their expertise in treating obesity and overweight. In total, 542 physicians applied to sit for this year’s test that will be given December 5-12 at computer-based testing centers throughout the United States and Canada. The total number of applicants represents a 27% increase from 2014. Over the past two years, 965 doctors have applied to sit for the ABOM exam.

    "We are greatly encouraged by the growing interest from doctors who are looking to become certified as obesity medicine specialists," said ABOM Board Chair and TOS past president Robert Kushner, MD.

    The 2015 candidates represent more than a dozen medical specialties including internal medicine (34%), family medicine (29%), endocrinology (6%), pediatrics (6%) and ob/gyn (5%).

    "These numbers illustrate that doctors from diverse backgrounds are recognizing the need to educate themselves about the evidence-based treatment options available to their patients," said ABOM Executive Director Dana Brittan.

    The ABOM began overseeing the certification process for obesity medicine physicians in 2011. Today, there are nearly 1,200 certified obesity medicine specialists throughout the United States and Canada.

    Are you taking the ABOM exam this December? As a pre-conference to ObesityWeek, TOS offers a Review Course for the ABOM exam for 15.5 CME credits. Taught by the industry’s top educators, the course is designed to strengthen physicians’ obesity knowledge and offers sample exam questions, didactic lectures, and a 100+ page educational workbook for attendees to take home.

    ObesityWeek attendees may use the CME credits from the meeting to count toward their 60 CME credits required to sit for the ABOM exam, even though the conference takes place after ABOM’s final application deadline of August 24. Find out more.

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    Celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with NCCOR
    Contributed by NCCOR
    In recognition of the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness month on Sept. 1, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is calling on partners, public health and health care professionals, and others engaged with the movement to show their support for childhood obesity research.

    NCCOR — a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — aims to spur more research in key areas, amplify research results through translation and dissemination, inform public health and policy discussions, and support childhood obesity prevention programs. NCCOR explores emerging and important childhood obesity research topics while supporting scientists with tools like the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems, Measures Registry, and Registry of studies.

    By joining the #NCOAM thunderclap, you can increase knowledge and help advance the field. Find out more about how to support the initiative here.

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    TOS early career webinar: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing
    Contributed by 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 hosts 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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    TOS member Dr. Justin Puckett receives OAC's Bias Buster of the Year award
    Contributed by Complete Family Medicine

    Justin Puckett, DO, FAAFP, Joseph Nadglowski, and Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
    The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) recently recognized TOS member Justin Puckett, DO, FAAFP, CEO and Medical Director at Complete Family Medicine in Kirksville, MO, for his ongoing efforts to serve obesity medicine patients. During the awards banquet of the OAC's 4th annual Your Weight Matters meeting, Dr. Puckett received the Bias Buster of the Year award for his efforts in countering weight bias and stigma.

    "Weight bias is one of the only remaining areas of discrimination where social norms currently say it's OK," said Dr. Puckett. "Science has proven, in so many ways, how obesity is not a choice, not simply a result of a noncompliant patient. We have identified hundreds of different biochemical pathways, hundreds of genetic and epigenetic factors, environmental issues, immune and endocrine defects, gut microbiome abnormalities, and yes, neurobehavioral issues."

    As a weight loss patient himself, Dr. Puckett has personally experienced bias and understands how damaging and hurtful it can be. This has encouraged him to address weight bias and stigma within the most biased of all professions: healthcare.

    Congratulations to Dr. Puckett on this honor!

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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:
    James DC, Harville C 2nd, Whitehead N, et al. Willingness of African American Women to Participate in e-Health/m-Health Research. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print]

    Huberty J., Rowedder L., Heckler E., et al. Development and design of an intervention to improve physical activity in pregnant women using Text4baby. Transl Behav Med. 2015 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print]

    Partridge SR, McGeechan K, Hebden L,, et al. Effectiveness of a mHealth Lifestyle Program With Telephone Support (TXT2BFiT) to Prevent Unhealthy Weight Gain in Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Jun 15;3(2):e66. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4530.
    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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    Study: Half of adults in the US have diabetes or pre-diabetes
    According to a study published online in JAMA, nearly 50 percent of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes. Diabetes, a condition where blood sugar is elevated, may reflect lack of production of insulin to lower blood sugar, (Type 1) or insulin resistance (Type 2), generally the result of obesity, poor diet or lack of exercise leading to the metabolic syndrome.
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    Weight-loss surgery helps fight Type 2 diabetes
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    Prior research has suggested that weight-loss surgery might help people rid themselves of type 2 diabetes, and a new study finds that the effect might be long-lasting. "This is a very important study because it's the first randomized trial comparing bariatric surgery to medical treatment of diabetes with five years of follow-up," said Dr. Philip Schauer, who directs the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
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    5 leaders in obesity
    The Obesity Society this week announced the winners of its highest honors for 2015, recognizing five of the top leaders in obesity. These fine people will be recognized at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, Nov. 2-6, for their exemplary leadership, advancing efforts to reduce the health impact of obesity.
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    Bigger hospital rooms for bigger patients
    The New York Times
    When the revamped Parkland Hospital in Dallas opened recently, each of the 862 single-patient rooms in the sprawling new 17-story tower was ready to accommodate the growing number of obese patients that hospitals across the country increasingly care for. "We designed with this idea of the universal patient in mind," said Jim Henry, an associate vice president of the architectural consulting firm HDR, which worked on the new building. “Any patient can go into any room. At this hospital, a patient doesn't feel, 'I'm going into a bariatric room.'"
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    More than half of Asian Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed
    National Institutes of Health
    More than half of Asian Americans and nearly half of Hispanic Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their results were published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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    Heart age of most Americans outpaces their actual age
    Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 3 out of 4 adults in the United States have a heart age that is older than their actual age, posing potential health risks for nearly 69 million adults between the ages of 30 and 74. Heart age is based on is the calculated age of a person's cardiovascular system based on risk and lifestyle health factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and BMI.
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    Midlife weight may affect when Alzheimer's hits
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
    One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when. Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported that being overweight or obese at age 50 may affect the age, years later, when Alzheimer's strikes. Among those who eventually got sick, more midlife pounds meant an earlier onset of disease.
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    TV watching linked to obesity for younger adults
    MedPage Today
    Young adults who watched a lot of TV were at a greater risk of being obese, but this association did not continue into adulthood, according to a prospective study with a 15-year followup. Using data from the CARDIA study, researchers looked at how TV viewing correlated with body mass index and with waist circumference in 3,269 participants, the youngest of whom were 18 at baseline.
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    Celebrities battle it out over fat-shaming
    Who's winning the battle over fat-shaming? You decide. Comedian Nicole Arbour claims that her "Dear Fat People" video, in which she railed against the role she says overweight people play in America's obesity crisis, got her YouTube channel temporarily shut down.
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