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Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS
|SPOTLIGHT — TOS Executive Director
As we begin the shift from summer to fall, the TOS office is busy with final efforts surrounding ObesityWeek. The ObesityWeek meetings are the yearly culmination of tremendous efforts by a wide array of people with myriad backgrounds and interests. These efforts are only possible by sharing a common goal of providing the best, most cutting-edge obesity-centric programming. These united efforts are equally essential for the TOS and ASMBS staff as well as our diverse memberships.
TOS occupies a unique niche by having both a strong basic science and clinical composition with near equal amounts of PhD and MD members. As executive director, I’ve seen first-hand the program committee’s valuable role and meaningful output. I’ve worked alongside my staff as they’ve strategized and reached consensus. But I’m particular impressed by our members’ dedication in ensuring that TOS and our Annual Meeting represent their professional concentrations in obesity research and medicine. I’m proud to belong to an organization that is committed to presenting new and innovative content while ensuring it’s comprehensive and inclusive of our membership. It is this balanced perspective that has made TOS the recognized leader on all aspects in the field of obesity. I’m sure you share my pride in what we’ve built and the progress we continue to make because of your consistent involvement in The Obesity Society.
I look forward to seeing you all at ObesityWeek 2017 as we come together in a spirit of collegiality and shared professional commitment.
|ELECTION RESULTS — TOS 2017-2018 Council and Nominating Committee
The following members were elected to serve on Council and the Nominating Committee. Congratulations to all – we appreciate your willingness to serve! We thank all the candidates who participated in the election.
Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, FTOS
Marc-Andre Cornier, MD, FTOS
Clinical Practice Councilor
Jamy Ard, MD, FTOS
At-Large Mexico Councilor
Luz María Sánchez-Romero, MD, PhD
Rebecca Puhl PhD, FTOS
Arya Sharma, MD, FTOS
Susan Yanovski, MD, FTOS
Diversity Committee and Research in Diverse Populations Section
The 2017 TOS Shiriki Kumanyika Diversity and Disparities Leadership Award recognizes an investigator who has made a significant difference in the field of obesity disparities in their research and mentorship of new investigators.
Learn more about the award criteria and nomination process.
Nominations must be RECEIVED BY September 15th.
If you are not a current member and would like to apply for membership, you may apply here. If your membership has lapsed, renew here.
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Presented at ObesityWeek
2017 ETHAN SIMS YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD: This award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Six finalists have been selected from the call for abstracts and are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.
Miranda M Broadney, MD, MPH, National Institutes of Health – T-ES-0001 Interrupting Sedentary Behavior in Overweight Children: A Randomized, Crossover Trial
Grace E Shearrer, PhD, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – T-ES-0002 Obesity Risk Moderates Healthy Weight Adolescents’ Bold Response to Sugar and Fat
Sean Iwamoto, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine – T-ES-0003 Weight Loss Habits, Provider Discussions, and Desired Information: Survey of 2,811 Adults With Obesity
Bram Brouwers, PhD, Florida Hospital – T-ES-0004 Exercise Resistance to Enhance Insulin Sensitivity Is Related to in Vivo Mitochondrial Function
Alyssa J Moran, MPH RD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – T-ES-0005 Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Marketing During SNAP Benefit Issuance: Insight From Three New York Cities
Emily E Noble, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles – T-ES-0006 Central Melanin-concentrating Hormone Neural Signaling Increases Impulsive Responding for Food
VIEW MORE AWARD WINNERS HERE AND HERE.
Rachel Goldman, PhD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Dr. Sayegh.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Ayman I. Sayegh, DVM, PhD, FTOS, Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: Control of food intake by short term satiety gut peptides such as cholecystokinin, glucagon like peptide-1 and gastrin releasing peptide.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: 17 years.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: Students and discovery.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Stay focused on a given research question, copy and adopt an easy-to-follow and understandable writing style, always read and learn statistics. Continue reading more here.
NAFLD & NASH: Links to Obesity & Diabetes (click to register)
FREE Webinar – September 20, 2017 at 11am EDT
Speaker: Kenneth Cusi, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.
This foremost expert will discuss the pathophysiology of NAFLD,
with particular focus on links to obesity and diabetes.
It is the eHealth/mHealth Section’s (EMS) great pleasure to present an interview with John Jakicic, PhD, FACSM from the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh, as the first installment of our e-Journal Club. Renee Rogers, PhD, Assistant Professor in the same department at the University of Pittsburgh, talks to Dr. Jakicic about the innovative approaches to the Diet, Exercise, and Activity (IDEA) Study, collaborating with the media to disseminate science and some things that may surprise you about physical activity trackers.
To listen to Dr. Jakicic’s interview, click and download the interview here.
Have an idea about who we should interview next? We want to hear from you! You can email your suggestions to email@example.com.
REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 22 for advanced registration rate. Use Promo Code TOSNEW & Save Even MORE!
BOOK YOUR ROOM – To receive the group rate YOU MUST BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 22.
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HOW TO BOOK: In order to book housing at the discounted rate, you MUST first register, then use the link in your registration confirmation to book your room.
AC Hotel National Harbor (Marriott) – a sophisticated hotel within walking distance of the National Harbor Marina, Carousel and Capital Wheel. Feel at peace with modern decor, luxurious bedding and free Wi-Fi. Features dazzling views of the Potomac River and tasty tapas and cocktails at AC Lounge.
HOW TO BOOK: Call 1-301-749-2299 and ask for the ObesityWeek Room Rate or book online: Book your group rate for ObesityWeek 2017
Residence Inn National Harbor – Spacious suites and a convenient location near the nation’s capital and other vibrant destinations. Accommodations include free Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs and fully equipped kitchens. Enjoy the modern fitness center and daily breakfast.
HOW TO BOOK: Call 1-301-749-4755 and ask for the ObesityWeek Room Rate or book online: Book your group rate for ObesityWeek 2017
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Preconference October 30
"Low Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Management” – Low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are intended to permit the consumption of sweet tasting foods and beverages while reducing the calories that these items contain. Whether this substitution is of benefit for weight loss or weight loss maintenance is, however, an area of considerable controversy. The goal of this preconference is to elucidate the current science on whether the consumption of low calorie sweeteners is of overall benefit for calorie reduction and concomitant weight management. Continue reading.
This Symposium is FREE and includes breakfast.
MUST REGISTER BY OCTOBER 23
Bernadette Marriott, PhD, Professor at Medical University of South Carolina – Eating episodes of nutritive and low calorie sweeteners in food, beverage and condiments: NHANES 2009-2012
John Glendinning, PhD, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology, Barnard College, Columbia University – Taste receptors and taste preferences for low calorie sweeteners
Peter Rogers, BSc(Sus) MSc(Sus) PhD(Leeds) CPsychol, FBPsS, RNutr, Professor of Biological Psychology at University of Bristol – Food intake, body weight and low calorie sweeteners, a review of the evidence
AfterDark at ObesityWeek
Back by popular demand, Party on the Moon will once again headline AfterDark!
"Voted America’s #1 Corporate and Private Party Band, the Party on the Moon® Band will exceed your highest entertainment expectations, dazzling guests with the latest hits, 80s, classic rock, disco/funk, R&B, Motown and new country sounds and more."
POTM has played for President Barack Obama and has performed with Train, Pat Benatar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Brown, Prince, Huey Lewis and Clint Black.
So be sure to join your peers, colleagues and new friends at AfterDark – a high-energy dance party!
EXPLORE MORE SOCIAL EVENTS
Leanne M. Redman, PhD, FTOS
In this month’s issue of Obesity, Diana Sonntag, PhD, and colleagues are using a new approach (Differential-Costs model), to compare lifetime costs of overweight and obesity among individuals on the basis of socioeconomic status (SES). SES, measured by a multidimensional index from a level of education, occupational class, and net household income (adjusted for household size) was used to differentiate low (<20%), middle (20-80%) and high (>80%) SES categories. Costs associated with overweight and obesity were considered as both direct (outpatient costs) and indirect (sick leave etc.) and indexed to 2016 euros.
The group found that obesity was the top contributor of lifetime excess costs which was inversely related to SES. Moreover, compared to individuals with obesity and high SES, individuals with obesity and low SES had lifetime excess costs that were two times higher (€8,526). While the magnitude of the lifetime cost difference between high and low SES groups was higher for individuals with obesity compared to individuals with overweight, the excess lifetime costs for these groups of overweight individuals was 20% higher overall. The Differential-Costs model was also applied to understand potential cost savings with weight loss in different SES groups. Therefore, this new Differential-Costs model of obesity emphasizes the need for cost-effective interventions to target obesity, and implementation of the model could help to inform future intervention designs and policy changes.
APPLY NOW FOR OBESITY MEDICINE CERTIFICATION. EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15.
Physicians with an interest in obesity medicine are invited to sit for the 2018 American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam. More than 2,000 physicians throughout the United States and Canada are certified as ABOM diplomates. Exam candidates are required to complete 60 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on the topic of obesity in order to qualify to sit for the test.
Visit www.abom.org to learn more about eligibility requirements. Have questions? Contact ABOM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-770-9100.
ABOM KEY DATES
October 15, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Save $250)
November 15, 2017: Final Application Deadline
February 26-March 1, 2018: Exam administered at Prometric computer testing centers throughout the US and Canada
Despite overwhelming evidence that relatively small dietary changes can significantly improve health, clinicians seldom discuss nutrition with their patients. Poor nutritional intake and nutrition-related health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and many cancers, are highly prevalent in the United States,1 yet only 12% of office visits include counseling about diet.2 Even among high-risk patients with CVD, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia, only 1 in 5 receive nutrition counseling.2 It is likely that many patients receive most of their nutrition information from other, and often unreliable, sources.
Over and over we hear it. The physical changes that come with bariatric surgery are obvious. But the biggest challenges are inside our own heads. And it shows up in research. Rarely, but significantly, substance abuse, alcohol use, depression, or even suicide can follow in the years after surgery. Though we know much about this surgery, we still don’t know enough about the mental health aspects.
Reuters via Business Insider
People who are considered metabolically healthy may still have a higher risk of developing heart problems if they are obese than they would if they weighed less, a recent study suggests.
Obesity on its own is a risk factor for heart disease. The study focused on the odds of heart problems for people at various weights who were considered metabolically healthy because they didn’t have three other risk factors for heart disease: diabetes, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol.
In May of this year, Playboy model Dani Mathers was sentenced to 30 days of community labor and three years of probation for Snapchatting an image of a nude woman in her L.A. Fitness locker room with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” In June, bloggers attacked Rihanna for posting photos to Instagram in which she appeared to have gained weight. And in July, singer Kelly Clarkson received comments critical of her body, including “You’re fat,” in response to a benign tweet about Independence Day.
European Society for Medical Oncology via ScienceDaily
Body fat distribution in the trunk is more important than body weight when it comes to cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a new study. The findings put a new spin on weight management priorities for women in this this age-group, who are prone to abdominal weight gain, said study investigator Line Mærsk Staunstrup, MSc, a PhD student with Nordic Bioscience and ProScion, in Herlev, Denmark.
A new study is pointing to the growing health crisis surrounding obesity in America. Researchers at Boston University say that more than half of all men and women in the country have been obese at some point in their lives.
The study found that 50.8 percent of men and 51.6 percent of women in the U.S. had battled obesity. The researchers also discovered that the chance of Americans developing chronic conditions like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and stroke were higher among people who had been obese at some point.
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