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Early Bird Registration Closes August 15
TOS & ASMBS
The second annual conference will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, in Boston, MA, Nov. 2 – 7, 2014. In addition to joint sessions and keynotes, a single registration fee covers both TOS and ASMBS meeting sessions and events. Register for ObesityWeek 2014 before Friday, August 15 to take advantage of early bird rates. ASMBS and TOS Members get discounted rates by entering ASMBS or TOS username when registering.

Nine Different Hotels to Choose From
ObesityWeek has reserved blocks of rooms at nine different hotels across Boston, giving you the freedom to pick the hotel that's right for you. View our hotel information page for details. Get your room before it's gone! Space is limited at all of our hotels, so register now to guarantee your reservation.

Top Five Reasons to Attend
If you haven't already blocked your calendar Nov. 2 - 7 for ObesityWeek 2014 in Boston, MA, check out the top five reasons why you should in this online video! Watch, comment, share using the hashtag #OW2014 ... and help us spread the word about the premier event in obesity research, treatment and prevention.
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ASMBS Features Integrated Health Keynote Speaker Rebecca Puhl, PhD
ASMBS
The ASMBS Integrated Health (IH) program will feature its own unique keynote speaker — Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. Her presentation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 1:15 – 2:15pm.

As a Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Puhl coordinates research and policy efforts to reduce weight bias and improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by obesity. Dr. Puhl has testified in state legislative hearings on weight bias, routinely provides expertise on this issue to State Departments of Health and national health organizations and has developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight bias that have been implemented in medical facilities across the country. She has emerged as the leading national expert in the field of weight bias, and her research is routinely reported on in national and international media.

All ObesityWeek scientific session attendees are welcome to attend the ASMBS IH Keynote Presentation. This event also includes the IH Presidential Address by IH President Karen Shulz, RN MSN CBN, and the IH Town Hall Meeting.

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TOS Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site Opens Aug. 15
TOS
If you have late-breaking data to submit for oral and poster presentation at ObesityWeek 2014, stay tuned! The abstract submission site will reopen on Aug. 15, 2014.

Each year, ObesityWeek highlights cutting-edge findings across a broad range of topics — from the basic science of obesity, to treatment and prevention. You won't want to miss this prestigious opportunity to present your research to your esteemed colleagues, industry, media, state and federal health authorities and the public. Late-breaking abstracts must describe new and high impact research for data, which was not available for the June 2014 deadline. Stay tuned to ObesityWeek.com for instructions for submitting late-breaking abstracts.

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Kickstart Your Education at ObesityWeek with ASMBS Pre-Conference Courses
ASMBS
ASMBS pre-conference courses are a great way to maximize your education at ObesityWeek, as they each cover important topics in metabolic and bariatric surgery. Here's a small sample of the pre-conference courses ASMBS offers:
    Video Session: How I Do It – Nov. 2, 2:00 - 6:00pm
    This course uses video to demonstrate cutting edge and novel approaches pertaining to metabolic and bariatric surgery. Invited faculty from around the world will present videos pertaining to these topics, which a panel of experts in the field will then discuss.

    Pharmacology – Nov. 3, 1:30 - 5:30pm
    This course includes pharmacotherapy considerations in the pre-operative, peri-operative and postoperative MBS patient, as well as issues related to drug absorption and drug dosing. The course will discuss current and future research projects in the area of drug absorption.

    Sleeve Gastrectomy: Difficult Patients, Difficult Situations – Nov. 3, 1:30 - 5:30pm
    Sleeve gastrectomy has rapidly become the most frequently performed metabolic operation in the world, and is characterized as being relatively simple in concept, but riddled with technical nuances that can result in potentially devastating complications. Patient selection and postoperative support can also significantly influence the outcome and durability of this operation. This course is designed to provide attendees with the essential knowledge needed to manage all perioperative aspects of these patients.
Add a pre-conference course to your registration and get the most out of your ObesityWeek experience. Pricing and registration information is available here.

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Three Hot-Topic Obesity Forums: Pharma/Device, Food Industry & Advocacy
TOS
Don't miss the three hot-topic obesity forums taking place at ObesityWeek on Monday, Nov. 3.
  • Pharmaceutical Forum — Noon – 1:30pm: Get details on the latest developments in obesity treatment.
  • Food Industry Forum — 1:45 - 3:15pm: Calorie labeling is an emerging strategy to enhance consumer understanding of the energy density of food products. During this session, experts will review current calorie labeling policies, the food industry's experience and consumer response.
  • Advocacy Forum — 3:30 - 5:00pm: Increasingly, weight bias is impacting the way people with obesity are treated in workplaces, doctor's offices, by health insurers — and countless other settings. Join this session for a lively discussion of recent evidence, trends and policy implications of this growing practice.
Admission to these sessions is included in the cost of scientific sessions registration.

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Spotlight on TOS Early-Career Activities at ObesityWeek 2014!
TOS
TOS Early-Career Member Committee will host several exciting and informative events at ObesityWeek 2014. Make sure to look for these events when you register for ObesityWeek and make your travel plans:

TOS Academic Early-Career Workshop: This free, pre-conference workshop provides early-career members in academia, or those considering an academic path, the opportunity to meet, learn from, and mingle with TOS Fellows and other early-career members.
Monday, Nov. 3, 2:30 – 5:00pm
FREE — Pre-register online

Early-Career Member Roundtable Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with TOS Fellows.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 – 8:30am
$25 — Pre-register online

Industry Career Workshop: Ever wonder whether a career in industry is for you? All are invited to this discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build careers in industry.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 – 7:30pm
FREE — All are welcome

Early-Career Member Happy Hour: Wrap up ObesityWeek with drinks, food, and socializing, on us!
Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 – 8:30pm
FREE — All are welcome, pre-register online

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Stay Connected with @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS at #OW2014
TOS & ASMBS
Help us share the excitement of ObesityWeek 2014 with fellow attendees and social media followers around the globe! Find, follow and share updates on Twitter with @ObesityWeek, @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS. Support ObesityWeek by spreading the word about the research, treatment and prevention of obesity presented using #OW2014.

Also, keep an eye out for the ObesityWeek 2014 mobile app — launching in early Fall. The app will include the schedule, speaker and abstract information for the conference in one portable, convenient package. The app will also provide the latest, up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek schedule, making it a great tool for navigating the multiple tracks and events throughout the week.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


The need for nutrition education in med schools
The Hill
David S. Seres writes: It is depressing how often people laugh when I mention that I am trying to teach doctors about nutrition. The scant amount doctors learn about nutrition has been an embarrassment for at least 120 years. In fact, W.G. Thompson, a famous medical educator, complained about it in the introduction of his medical textbook on nutrition in 1895.
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Low obesity risk score can still equal major health problems
MedPage Today
Young adults who scored slightly higher on an obesity risk assessment scale still had significantly worse dietary habits than those who were at lower risk, researchers reported.
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Slim pickings or superficial analysis?
ConscienHealth
A superficial analysis of new obesity treatment options in JAMA Internal Medicine has prompted some strong pushback from two of the top organizations devoted to obesity. Leaders of the Obesity Society and the Obesity Action Coalition published rebuttals in the journal to the earlier publication on these new obesity drugs.
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More prospective weight-loss patients eligible under new guidelines
Newsday
Bariatric surgery has been considered a last-hope procedure for extremely overweight people who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or who have other severe health problems, such as diabetes.
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Childhood obesity: Is it being taken seriously?
Medical News Today
The prevalence of obesity in children aged 6-11 years increased from 7 percent in 1980 to 18 percent in 2012, while the percentage of obese adolescents aged 12-19 years soared from 5 percent to 21 percent in the same period. These significant increases have led to a rise in obesity-related health conditions among children and adolescents.
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The 'bear' facts on obesity and diabetes
Drugs.com
The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood.
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Healthy 'brown fat' may cut odds for obesity, diabetes
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Unlike white fat, which lowers insulin sensitivity, researchers found that brown fat actually improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control and fat-burning metabolism.
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