The Obesity Society eNews
Jan. 23, 2013

Executive director's letter: More on the inaugural year of Obesity Week
By this point I think we are probably all back into our routines, busy as always, and likely adding some new things as well. TOS is adding some new programs this year that you will hear about over the coming months. The first is that this newsletter will be appearing in your email box twice a month going forward. We believe this will offer a better chance to share information in a more timely manner. More

Congratulations! 68 TOS members passed the 1st board exam of Obesity Medicine
The American Board of Obesity Medicine administered its first board exam at computer testing centers around the country Nov. 3-17, 2012. This exam marks a milestone for the field of obesity because it serves as further validation for the study of obesity and its comorbidities. It also heightens the public's expectations of practitioners, as 191 new physicians can now call themselves board certified obesity medicine physicians or diplomates. The complexities of the disease demand that clinicians are competent in assessing, diagnosing and treating the obese. Board certification is yet another means to raise awareness within the medical community of the competencies needed to thoroughly treat patients.

The Obesity Society will continue to support physicians preparing to sit for the board Dec. 7-14, 2013. The TOS practice exam was released in September 2012, a webinar series is slated for release in early 2013 and a live prep course will take place Nov. 11-12, 2013, in Atlanta prior to Obesity Week. Candidates who took the TOS live prep course last September had a 5% better pass rate than the overall average. For more information about TOS' prep curriculum, visit

Please click here to view the TOS members that are now ABOM diplomates.More

Letter submitted to The New York Times in response
to Our Absurd Fear of Fat, Paul Campos, Jan. 2, 2013
Submitted: Jan. 3, 2013

The Obesity Society, the leading professional society dedicated to the study, prevention and treatment of obesity would like to submit a response to an article in yesterday's paper by Paul Campos titled "Our Absurd Fear of Fat." More

Attention to obesity studies also brings misinterpretation
This continues to be an exciting era for TOS and it members. Our research is followed by the media and study-after-study is highlighted in the daily press. Our studies no longer garner attention only from our coworkers; there is now a great appetite for our findings among both the media and the public to which it speaks. The energy that it sparks is uplifting, but in this day of instant communications and vast internet commentary, all this attention does have a dark side. During the translation by the media there is often a loss of perspective of the scientific process that can result in over-interpretation or even misinterpretation of our most recent finding. More

Don't accept new study as a license to overeat
The Bakersfield Californian
We're only one-third of the way through January, yet there's already a strong contender for most ridiculous and overblown news story of the year. Here are a few hints, and please note that none of these headlines come from the satirical news site The Onion: "Being Overweight Is Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality," "Is Being Overweight Really Bad for You?," "Extra Weight Linked to Longevity," and, my favorite, "No Extra Death Risk Seen for Moderate Obesity." More

Growing 'weight extremes' in the developing world
Medical Xpress
Obese and overweight people are gaining weight rapidly in low-and middle-income countries while those who are severely undernourished are not experiencing similar weight gains, according to a University of Toronto and Harvard School of Public Health study.More

Hospitals super-sizing equipment for obese patients
USA Today
Waiting room chairs are being built with wrought iron for heavy patients. Wheelchairs and beds are made to sustain extra weight. And toilets are being mounted to the floor, not the wall. In response to America's obesity epidemic, healthcare facilities nationwide are making accommodations to make sure they can take care of their heaviest patients. More

Study: Obese children may face immediate health woes
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Obese children — already known to be at higher risk for heart disease and other ills in adulthood — may also experience more immediate problems, including asthma, learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study by the Center for Healthier Children at UCLA. More

Obama take 2: Tobacco, obesity key in 2nd term
MedPage Today
The second term of an Obama administration will be marked for implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but the president also wants to focus on lowering tobacco use and obesity rates, a senior administration official said.More

Study: NYC beating childhood obesity better than LA
The Associated Press via CBS News
A new study shows New York City is doing better than Los Angeles in the battle against childhood obesity, at least when it comes to low-income children. From 2003 to 2011, obesity rates for poor children dropped in New York City to around 16 percent. But they rose in Los Angeles and ended at about 20 percent. More

Gastric banding an effective long-term solution to obesity
Medical Xpress
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding — lap banding — is a safe and effective long-term strategy for managing obesity, according to the findings of a landmark 15-year follow-up study of patients treated in Australia. The follow-up study, the longest and most comprehensive yet reported, was published in the Annals of Surgery, and found a significant number of lap band patients maintained an average weight loss of 26 kilograms for more than a decade after their procedure. More

Obese patients less likely to achieve remission on anti-TNFs
Arthritis Today
A new Italian study has found that obese patients with longstanding rheumatoid arthritis who are put on anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapies are less likely to achieve remission than their thinner counterparts.More