The Obesity Society eNews
Apr. 17, 2013

Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce that Obesity Week 2013 registration and housing are now officially open! After five years in the making, we've successfully combined our resources with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to offer you the preeminent annual conference for obesity science and healthcare professionals.More

Obesity Week 2013 Registration is Open!
Obesity Week is the pre-eminent annual scientific and educational conference for obesity science and healthcare professionals. Registration and housing are now open for this unique, international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. Click here to register online today!More

2013 Call for Abstracts — Obesity Week 2013
Calling all submissions of the latest groundbreaking research in obesity prevention and treatment! TOS will be accepting abstracts for presentation during Obesity Week 2013, beginning May 1, 2013. Additional information will follow regarding the guidelines for submission. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as either oral presentations or posters. The abstract submission website will close on June 15, 2013.

Abstracts may be submitted to the following tracks for the 2013 Annual Meeting:


Obesity & Pregnancy Conference abstract deadline extended to April 19
Interested in the tie between pregnancy and obesity? The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and TOS are co-hosting a new "hot topic" conference entitled, "Obesity and Pregnancy," May 15-17, in Boston, Mass., open to clinicians, midwives, psychologists, nutritionists and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproduction. The conference program will include a balance of basic science, translational research and clinical practice.

Confirmed speakers include:

The conference will include presentations on: For more information and to register please click here. If you have specific questions, email or call 240-485-1951. More

TOS 2013 awards call for nominations — submit by May 13
TOS Awards Program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards will be presented at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov.11-16. Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

Self-nominations will not be accepted and nominations must be supported by at least two members of The Obesity Society. Click here to see a list of previous award recipients. TOS Awards Committee will review nominations and the winners will be announced July 2013.

Descriptions of each award can be found here, as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination. If you have questions, please contact Sadie Campbell, Governance and Executive Assistance at or 301-563-6526. More

Vote for Obesity Week 2013 social event!
Whether it's dancing, music or trivia, we'd like to know what you like to do socially. Each year at our Annual Meeting, TOS hosts a social event for attendees to network, mingle and most importantly, have fun! This year we'd like for you to weigh in on what you'd like to do.

When you vote please keep in mind that, in addition to the social event, we will be hosting an off-site opening reception, as well as the After Dark event, which will be held at one of the conference hotels with live music and dancing. The TOS Social Event will be held on a different night — so attendees can enjoy all three. The social event is a ticketed event, at a cost of $40 per person. Please click here to cast your vote! More

'Obesity Week' NOT 'Obesity-2013:' A parallel world of pseudo-academia
The New York Times recently pointed to a trend where for-profit companies are reaching into the nonprofit world to host scientific meetings. Some of these meetings are named so similarly that many in the field end up being duped into attending the wrong meeting. This issue raised in the article, "Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)," by Gina Kolata, hit home with TOS leadership given the challenges they've faced in ensuring our members recognize Obesity Week 2013 as our annual conference this year, rather than Obesity-2013, as named by the OMICS Group who started holding the meeting in 2012. TOS past president, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, thanked Ms. Kolata for shining a light on the issue in a note where he says, "misled attendees also pay an opportunity cost, as they likely miss attending the authentic scientific conference they were looking for, which would have probably cost less." Read Dr. O'Neil's letter here. More

Obesity Action Coalition launches Your Weight Matters For Your Health
To promote a healthier public and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity, the OAC has launched a national weight and health awareness campaign, the Your Weight Matters Campaign. The Campaign issues a Challenge to all Americans to measure their weight and talk to their healthcare provider about it.

OAC is asking anyone interested in taking the Your Weight Matters Campaign Challenge to do so online at Campaign participants are provided with a FREE resource toolkit to help them prepare for the conversation of weight with their healthcare provider. The Your Weight Matters Campaign Toolkit also includes resources on topics such as nutrition, exercise and weight-loss options. In addition, Campaign participants can opt-in to receive Your Weight Matters Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter providing nutrition and fitness tips along with news about the Campaign and much more!

The OAC is dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by excess weight and obesity. To find out more about the OAC, visit If you have any questions about the Your Weight Matters Campaign, please contact the OAC at 800-717-3117 or More

TOS online social community is here!
Share information and resources, post questions and interact with fellow members online. Your member profile is a gateway to connect and engage. Get started now here.More

3rd Canadian Obesity Summit takes place May 1-4, 2013
The Canadian Obesity Network (CON) invites you to attend the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit, in Vancouver, May 1-4, Canada's only interdisciplinary conference on obesity. CON is dedicated to the prevention and management of obesity and the Summit will focus on improving health systems and services, developing evidence-based policies to prevent obesity, and clinical approaches for the management of obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. For more information please click here.More

5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory (SDT) takes place June 26, 2013
This international training and professional development opportunity in Rochester, New York offers healthcare professionals a one-day specialized event to learn the basic principles of SDT. Applying SDT into healthcare practice can help to create a need-supportive environment that optimizes patients' motivation and well-being. For more details about training and registration, please click here. More

SAVE THE DATE: March 17 - 20, 12th International Congress on Obesity 2014
The International Congress on Obesity (ICO) will be jointly hosted by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO) in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, March 17-20, 2014. The program offers eight tracks presented by more than 70 of the world's top obesity experts. Registration will open in the coming months via the IASO website.More

Call for papers: Submit your research to both Obesity journal and Obesity Week
Get double-recognition for your papers at Obesity Week 2013! The editors of Obesity will be holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 15, 1:30 - 3 p.m. They are seeking submissions of high quality manuscripts, of which six winning papers will be selected for the authors to present during the session. The manuscripts will also appear in the conference Abstract Book, and the full papers will be included in the November issue of the journal. The deadline for submission is April 28, 2013 and the chosen authors will be notified by July 15.

We encourage all authors submitting a manuscript to the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium competition to also submit an abstract to Obesity Week 2013. The journal's call for papers will be considered separately from the Obesity Week submissions. More

2013 TOS review course for the ABOM Exam, Nov. 11-12, 2013 Atlanta
Get ready for your ABOM Certification exam! The review course to be held during Obesity Week 2013 is designed as a tool to help physicians prepare. The 2013 course includes an updated approach from the previous year, with more coverage of certain domains, a discussion of sample test questions, as well as didactic lectures. Attendees will also have an opportunity to review the materials in advance. Register online at

Preconference Sessions at Obesity Week 2013: Mobile Health and Healthy Habits at Home
Save the Date — Nov. 12 2013 at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Nov. 11-16. Don't miss these exciting pediatric obesity pre-conference sessions on mobile health and healthy habits at home.

Register online at

Clinical Management of Obesity (CMO) section hosting Obesity Week events
The TOS CMO Section is a group of practicing clinicians working to address common problems faced by clinicians, and promoting ethical treatment of overweight patients. The Section is pleased to host several programs during Obesity Week 2013, as follows:

Registration for these events is part of Obesity Week registration online at We hope you'll join us for these exciting events! More

The role medication plays in treating obesity
The Motley Fool
In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications for the treatment of obesity. VIVUS' Qsymia has already reached the market, while Arena Pharmaceuticals' Belviq will be launched by its commercialization partner Eisai once the drug clears DEA scheduling. A third player, Orexigen Therapeutics, is still developing its drug Contrave. The fact that obesity affects more than a third of American adults today has attracted many biotech investors to these stocks, but many may not fully understand how physicians approach treatment for this disease. For instance, are exercise and diet all patients really need to manage their weight?More

Rally urges more federal research dollars
MedPage Today
Supporters of greater federal funding for medical research rallied here Monday to urge Congress to give more money to their cause. The Rally for Medical Research hoped to draw attention to the importance of funding the National Institutes of Health, whose budget has been slashed by automatic spending cuts, with more automatic cuts to come unless Congress acts to delay them. More

US weight management market expected to reach $32.8 billion by 2017
Before It's News
Obesity has reached crisis levels in the United States. Almost 70 percent of adults and almost 32 percent of school-age children and adolescents are either overweight or obese, according to the latest government statistics. Between 1988 and 2008, the prevalence of obesity increased by 48 percent among adults and more than 72 percent among children and teenagers. Moreover, according to Simmons panel data from Experian Marketing Services, almost 39 percent of all U.S. adults, representing 87.8 million consumers, currently are watching their diet to either lose or maintain their weight. More

Diabetes 'cure' after weight loss surgery lasts long term
MedPage Today
Bariatric surgery may keep Type 2 diabetes at bay for good, researchers found. In a single-center study, 50 percent of patients whose diabetes resolved following bariatric surgery still had complete or partial remission of the disease about 6 years later, Stacy Brethauer, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues reported at the American Surgical Association meeting in Indianapolis. More

People in the South are not so fat after all — and they lie less
The South often gets tagged with having the most obese population. But it doesn't appear to be true, a University of Alabama at Birmingham study suggests. The study recently published in the journal Obesity found that there's a significantly higher percentage of obese people in a region of central and northwest states including Minnesota, Kansas and North and South Dakota. More

Chronic illness, including obesity, in those 40-plus is a concern for the economy and for employers
Those over the age of 40 may be making a negative impact on the future of the U.S. economy with the way they eat, live and keep track of their health. On the Critical List?: A MetLife Report on the Health Status of the 40+ Population, from the MetLife Mature Market Institute and co-authored by the Center for Healthy Aging, found that treating diseases as they emerge runs counter to what individuals should be doing — focusing on health and wellness. The paper also offers solutions for individuals, service providers and employers to improve health status, including the use of technology, implementing wellness and education programs, and more.More

Obesity Action Coalition and American College of Physicians announce new free resource for healthcare professionals treating excess weight and obesity
The Obesity Action Coalition and the American College of Physicians are proud to unveil a brand-new free resource, "Excess Weight and Your Health — A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss," developed specifically for healthcare professionals treating excess weight and obesity.More

Better sleep may help teens stay thinner
VideoBrief writes that one of the growing concerns which affects today's teenagers is the increase in the rate of teen obesity. According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30.4 percent of teenagers are overweight, and 15.5 percent of teens are obese. Therefore, about 45.9 percent of teens are at risk for developing health problems due to weight. More

Smaller dishes could cut childhood obesity
Smaller plates, fewer calories? The latest study shows one way to fight childhood obesity may be to shrink the size of the dinner plate. According research published in the journal Pediatrics, first-graders served themselves more and downed more calories when they used a large plate instead of a smaller one. More