The Obesity Society eNews
Sep. 19, 2013

Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

As the registration deadline for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) approaches on Sept. 20, I’d like to take a moment to revisit the development of this first Obesity Medicine Certification exam available via computer-based testing centers in the U.S. and to encourage those that may be interested in pursuing to do so.

The concept of the exam was created nearly a decade ago, and put into place beginning in 2012 to address a gap between recommended obesity care and physician practice. Time constraints during a busy practice, lack of effective treatment options and practical tools, low confidence or insufficient training in weight management skills and counseling, or concerns about patients’ sensitivities about their physicians discussing body weight or BMI are some of the primary reasons for this gap.More

TOS Announces Newly Elected Leadership Positions
You voted for TOS's open leadership positions, choosing from some of the most renowned researchers and scientists in the field. Congratulations to the following newly elected leaders for the Nov. 2013 – 2014 term:


Nominating Committee: TOS leaders define our organization's goals and help guide us to reach new milestones. The diverse representation on our Council allows us to call on experts across the obesity field, and better serve our members and the millions of people affected. Find out more about the TOS Council here and the Nominating Committee here. More

Capitol Update: TOS Ramps Up Hill Efforts in Support of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
Earlier this week, nine of our committed members took their expertise to Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress about the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. We met with more than 85 members as part of a fly-in coordinated by the Obesity Action Coalition. You can join them in showing your support for the bill via the Obesity Action Coalition's (OAC) Legislative Action Center here. Don't forget to contact your legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor and support final passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act!

In addition to the Hill visits, TOS Past-President Pat O'Neil, PhD, joined the Campaign to End Obesity and several dozen other groups for an obesity panel discussion on Capitol Hill (Sept. 12) reinforcing the need to treat obesity in the primary care setting. Prior to the CEO event, Dr. O'Neil visited 4 members of the South Carolina congressional delegation to encourage them to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. Find out more about TOS's advocacy work with our partners through the Obesity Care Continuum in the TOS Capitol update here.More

ObesityWeek℠ Q&A: A Unique & Valuable Opportunity for Stakeholders to Come Together
We had an opportunity to talk with Martin Binks, PhD, about the upcoming ObesityWeek℠ event. Dr. Binks sits on the Board of Managers for the meeting and has been intimately involved with the planning and marketing of the event. Read below for his thoughts on the meeting development and some highlights.

Q: As a member of the Board of Managers, you've been intimately involved with the planning for the inaugural ObesityWeek. What are you most excited about for this event? And why?
A: Historically, those who are dedicated to solving the obesity epidemic whether through basic science research, clinical treatment and research, surgical intervention and research or public health and advocacy perspectives have attended discipline-specific meetings spread throughout the year in various venues. ObesityWeek℠ provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together in the same city, under the same roof every year!

AHA: 5 Percent of Children, Teens Considered Severely Obese
American Heart Association outlined treatment recommendations to address the issue in its newly released statement recognizing the need to expand treatment options for the five percent of children and teens severely affected by obesity. TOS showed our support in a statement by Amanda Staiano, PhD, Member of the Public Affairs Committee. "AHA has outlined a variety of effective ways to help close the gap between diet and exercise and other types of interventions that may benefit children with severe obesity, including medication and surgery. TOS has a longstanding commitment to help improve the lives of children affected, and we advocate for these measures, as well as continued work on environmental and policy change to help support individual treatment efforts for children," said Dr. Staiano in the statement. Read the full TOS statement here and find out more about the AHA report here. More

New Report: In the U.S., 3 out of 5 Cases of Endometrial Cancers are Preventable
Three out of every five new cases of endometrial cancer in the U.S. could be prevented if women were physically active and a healthy weight, according to a new report published by the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund International, which analyzes the latest research from around the world. AICR now estimates that most cases of endometrial cancer (59 percent, or about 29,500 every year) could be prevented in the U.S. if women were active for at least 30 minutes a day and maintained a healthy body weight (between 18.5 and 25 BMI). Scientists list several reasons that body weight, physical activity and other lifestyle factors affect the risk of cancer. Notably, fat cells release hormones that can spur the development of some cancers. Regular activity can help regulate hormone levels, strengthen the immune system and help maintain a healthy digestive system. Read the report and share the infographic here. More

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TOS Weighs in on Weight Bias and How Employers Handle It
The final issue of American Medical News, published Sept. 2, provides insights for physicians talking with patients about weight. The article featured TOS member, Scott Kahan, MD, research published in the Obesity journal, TOS-provided facts on weight bias, and the Treat Obesity Seriously campaign. Read the full story, "Confronting bias against obese patients," here.

In addition, TOS Advocacy Committee Chair, Ted Kyle, spoke with Human Resource Executive Magazine about employer discrimination against those affected. In the recent news article, he said, "Choices can have a big impact on someone's health, but people don't choose to have a chronic disease. Employment [decisions] should instead be made [based] on a person's ability and qualifications to do the job." Read the article in full here. More

Obesity Symposium: Don't Miss Top Quality Research Presentations at ObesityWeek℠
The editors of Obesity are hosting the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Mark your calendars for Nov. 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. They’ve selected six high-quality manuscripts for presentation during the session. The manuscripts will also be published in the November issue of the Journal. More

ObesityWeek℠ features pre-con session for parents: Establishing Healthy Habits at Home
Encouraging healthy eating today can lead to a child's lifelong relationship with food and give them the tools they need to lead a healthy, active life. As part of our effort to improve healthy living, TOS is offering Atlanta parents an opportunity to help the whole family get healthy and stay healthy. At the ObesityWeek℠ public pre-conference, Establishing Healthy Habits at Home, parents will learn steps to help families eat healthier and integrate more exercise into the family's routine. They will find out more about foods that are tasty and healthy to satisfy that picky eater while staying on budget.

Please help us share information with Atlanta parents about "Establishing Healthy Habits at Home: a Workshop for Parents" at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration is $25. Find out more about this one-of-a-kind event here and print out a flier to share with Atlanta families. More

Corporate-Sponsored Symposia at ObesityWeek℠ address range of topics
Recently added to the ObesityWeek℠ program are five Corporate-Sponsored Symposia, which will address topics ranging from personalized obesity medicine to practical approaches for patients who are obese and well. Sponsors and supporters include Vindico Medical Education, Eisai Inc., Novo Nordisk, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., and VIVUS, Inc. Find out more information on the symposia and the schedules here.More

Pediatric Obesity Section (POS) Hosts Annual Meeting & Lunch at ObesityWeek℠ 2013
Whether you are a POS member or just interested in finding out more about the Section, you can learn about the exciting activities the POS has underway at ObesityWeek. This year's meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center. Lunch will be provided to the first 200 attendees.

The Annual POS Meeting will feature:

The 2013 POS Meeting & Lunch is generously sponsored by Salud America! (The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children); the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center; the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children's Hospital; and, Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. More

Calling obesity a disease may make it easier to get help
Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don't cover now. The move is a response to the increasing number of health advocates and medical groups that say obesity should be classified as a disease.More

Tommy Thompson: Medicare and health exchanges should cover obesity treatments
Wisconsin State Journal
Let's face it: We are just too darn fat — both as individuals and as a society. And the problem isn't going away. That includes my home state. Here in Wisconsin, we reside outside the obesity belt — but too many of our residents are obese. In fact, more than one in four Wisconsinites are obese. That's just too many. More

Binge eating more likely to lead to health risks in men
Binge eating is a problem affecting both men and women, however obese men who binge are more likely than their female counterparts to have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.More

How the bacteria in your gut may be shaping your waistline
A calorie is a calorie. Eat too many and spend too few, and you will become obese and sickly. This is the conventional wisdom. But increasingly, it looks too simplistic. All calories do not seem to be created equal, and the way the body processes the same calories may vary dramatically from one person to the next.More

Why losing sleep can make you want to buy a really fattening doughnut
Yahoo News via Business Insider
When you lose out on even just one night of sleep you end up binging on food, especially high calorie food, a new study suggests. Not only does a loss of sleep decrease your self-control and decision-making abilities, but it also seems to make you hungrier. These two factors work together to make you reach for that donut after losing sleep. More

Researchers link obesity and the body's production of fructose
Science Daily
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine reported today that the cause of obesity and insulin resistance may be tied to the fructose your body makes in addition to the fructose you eat.More

Binge on fattening food? Blame your brain
New Jersey Herald
Bingeing on foods high in fat and sugar content may make us feel guilty, yet it's a behavior many return to time and again. Lately, researchers have come up with several explanations. They're not exclusive and they're hardly comprehensive. But they all make some sense.More

5 percent of US children, teens are 'severely obese'
Cleveland Plain Dealer
In order to underscore the severity of the obesity epidemic in young people, a newly-defined class of risk — "severely obese" — is being added to describe children and teens in the United States. About 5 percent of U.S. children and teens fall in that category, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published online in the journal Circulation and endorsed by The Obesity Society, a professional society dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating obesity.More

Childhood obesity and risk of adult hypertension
WebMD via HealthDay News
Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows. The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life.More

What bugs you: Top 5 flawed obesity thinking
Your response to the recent story about 10 bits of wishful thinking in obesity was impressive. It was greater than the response to anything else written to date on this page. And it brought some clarity about the flawed obesity thinking that bugs you most. The chart below summarizes your top responses.More

15 healthy foods for about $2
How do you eat a nutritious diet while keeping your grocery bill low? The good news is that cheap eats aren't necessarily unhealthy. You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from your supermarket — foods like whole grains, vegetables and beans.More