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We Can't Wait to See You!
If you haven’t heard yet, ObesityWeek℠ 2017 will be held in National Harbor – just minutes from Washington DC – October 30 – November 2. Registration will open in June.

ObesityWeek is a unique, international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. By combining both American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) annual meetings, ObesityWeek brings together world-renowned experts in obesity to share innovation and breakthroughs in science unmatched around the globe. Attendees will enjoy the diverse educational opportunities, networking events, and scientific synergies created through the collaboration of these leading obesity organizations.

ObesityWeek is the leading conference of its kind in the world, providing an unmatched multi-track schedule. Read more here.

OW2016 boasted nearly 4,000 attendees from almost 60 countries. It also welcomed 1,200 abstract submissions and 150 exhibit booths.

Contribute to the science in Washington DC at ObesityWeek 2017.
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Why Submit Abstracts to TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek?
The abstract submission site for TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek 2017 opened March 31. This is your chance to present the latest groundbreaking research on obesity prevention and treatment at ObesityWeek 2017.

Researchers who present abstracts have the opportunity for:
  • Visibility among leaders in the field. Countless experts – including basic scientists, practicing physicians and surgeons, pharmaceutical researchers, public policy wonks and other professionals – attend ObesityWeek to learn about the latest research in obesity treatment and prevention.
  • Global reach. Last year, ObesityWeek impressions – or the number of times a person was reached with a message about ObesityWeek – rose to more than 7 billion. People read about ObesityWeek in leading outlets including The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, NPR, AP, Reuters, HealthDay, Huffington Post, as well as in leading health-related publications including WedMD, MedPage Today, Medscape, Kaiser Health News, Healio/Endocrine Today and HealthCentral.
  • Networking with like-minded researchers. Forge new research collaborations. Uncover pioneering scientific tools. Find a new job. ObesityWeek offers these and countless other opportunities to gain the edge needed to advance your career in obesity.
Abstract submission entries will close on April 23, 2017. Submit your abstract here, and stay up-to-date on the latest ObesityWeek information here.

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Excited to See the OW2017 Agenda? Here's a Sneak Preview:
Empowering Solutions for Families and Communities: Final Results of the COPTR Trials: COPTR is an NIH-funded consortium (2010-2017) of four studies to evaluate different multi-level, multi-setting three-year community-based interventions for obesity treatment and prevention among low-income children. Across the four studies, three-year interventions targeted pre-schoolers, school-aged children and adolescents and their families, and were delivered in primary care, schools, community centers, park and recreation organizations, and home settings. Change in child BMI was the primary outcome in all four studies. This symposium presents results from each of the trials for the primary outcome, secondary outcomes and intervention dose/participation. Together, the result from these four large-scale, multi-setting community based interventions can move the field of pediatric obesity prevention and treatment to a new level, and inform further research, programming, translation and policy around childhood obesity prevention and treatment.

Bariatric Endoscopy (3.5 CME)
: Endoluminal therapies to treat obesity and complications of bariatric surgery are expanding rapidly. New techniques and devices are allowing less invasive therapies to be applied for the betterment of our patients. This session will focus on the cutting edge modalities of endoluminal therapies in all aspects of treatment for obesity and weight-related disease.

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Congratulations to the Most Recent ABOM-Certified Professionals!
American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) was established in 2011 to recognize distinguished physicians as having specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine. The ABOM certification started with 587 ABOM diplomates and has grown to 2,000 physicians with a certification in obesity medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Join the ranks of prestigious diplomates by signing up for The Obesity Society’s ABOM Review Course at ObesityWeek2017. Find more information about the course and the complete list of recent TOS ABOM-certified members here.

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Call for Awards!
The Obesity Society's awards program annually promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of obesity researchers are presented at ObesityWeek. Award nominations are opening today, April 11!

Read more about the awards nomination process here and submit your nominations to

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Want to Get Caught up on OW2016 Science Before OW2017?
ObesityWeek On Demand is a comprehensive CME accredited program with 120 hours of presentations from ObesityWeek 2016, delivering a multi-track schedule of topics including:
  • abstract presentations
  • partner symposia
  • educational courses
  • video sessions
Your On Demand’s technology makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere. Watch like you’re there in person! By combining slides with synchronized audio, our technology re-creates the live session experience.

Learn at your desk or on the go! Watch presentations on your computer, tablet or even on your smart phone! Start watching on one device, and pick up exactly where you left off on another.

Earn credits and satisfy your requirements.
Earn up to 37.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Simply watch a session and then click on the CME Test button. Earning credits is easy, fast and convenient.

Learn offline and take notes. PDFs of slides can be downloaded onto your computer for easier review and note taking.

Listen while you learn. MP3 audio files are easily loaded onto your favorite MP3 player, so you can listen to sessions while on-the-go.

No internet connection? No problem!
A portable USB drive lets you access your sessions even when an internet connection isn’t available.

Get more information on OW On Demand 2016 here.

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Cassidy, Carper introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to help reduce obesity
U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Tom Carper introduced legislation to help lower healthcare costs and prevent chronic diseases by addressing America’s growing obesity crisis. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act gives Medicare beneficiaries and their health care providers additional tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management.
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Obese teens' odds of high blood pressure vary by race
Obesity is a strong predictor of high blood pressure early in life, but a U.S study suggests the connection may be stronger for Hispanic and white teens than for adolescents in other racial and ethnic groups. Researchers examined weight, blood pressure and racial and ethnic data from more than 21,000 youth attending 27 secondary schools in the Houston area. About one-third were overweight or obese, and 2.7 percent had hypertension or high blood pressure.
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No TV during meals may lower obesity risk
Medical News Today
We all know that making positive changes to our eating and exercise patterns can help us to maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity. New research suggests that cooking family meals and avoiding TV while eating them may lower the chances of becoming obese.
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Obesity may make rheumatoid arthritis tough to spot
HealthDay News via WebMD
Blood tests to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis may be thrown off by obesity in women, a new study suggests. "Physicians might assume that high levels of inflammation mean that a patient has rheumatoid arthritis or that their rheumatoid arthritis requires more treatment, when in fact a mild increase in levels of inflammation could be due to obesity instead," explained study author Dr. Michael George, who's with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.
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Study: Obesity and diabetes kill more than initially thought
Here's a problem with death...besides it being death. The real cause of death is not always clear and obvious. Death certificates can be inaccurate. Case in point: a recently published study in PLoS ONE has revealed that diabetes may be killing around four times as many people as originally thought. That means that obesity is probably killing many more people than realized. As the Obesity Society indicates, roughly 90% of diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes, obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and most people with Type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight.
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