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Top five reasons to attend ObesityWeek 2014
ASMBS & TOS
If you haven't already blocked off your calendar for Nov. 2-7 for ObesityWeek 2014 in Boston, MA, check out the top five reasons why you should in this online video! Watch, comment and 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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The ASMBS Edward E. Mason Lecture features the founder of ASMBS himself
ASMBS
For the first time, this year's Edward Mason lecture will be presented by the father of obesity surgery himself, Edward E. Mason, MD, PhD. Dr. Mason will give his presentation via telecast, as he looks back at the changes and growth in metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Since 1989, the Edward E. Mason lectures have been presented by leaders in the field of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery, covering topics ranging from research to public policy to improving quality of care.

The Edward E. Mason Lecture will be given in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with both the history and the future of metabolic and bariatric surgery!

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Putting people first at ObesityWeek
TOS
Weight discrimination continues to be a prejudice that is socially accepted. As part of its work to enact change, TOS has collaborated with its partners to publish resources that encourage the adoption of people-first language, which means putting people before the disease. This includes using the phrase “person/individual with obesity” in place of the word “obese.”

TOS encourages ObesityWeek 2014 speakers, presenters and other attendees to incorporate people-first language into their presentations and other materials at the event. Please find out more about how to refine your work in the ‘Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Individuals Affected by Obesity.’ In addition, the Rudd Center has a series of modules to help healthcare professionals increase awareness and improve physician-patient interactions to reduce weight bias.

We hope you’ll join us to advocate for the use of people-first language at the leading conference for obesity professionals, and encourage others to make the change moving forward.

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'Meet the experts' at ASMBS Roundtable Luncheons
ASMBS
The ASMBS Meet-the-Experts Roundtables are back for ObesityWeek 2014! Join ASMBS' panels of experts for one of nine different roundtable lunches, covering topics for both surgical and integrated health professionals.

ASMBS Roundtable discussions are an opportunity for ObesityWeek attendees to connect with experts in various topics for informal, collegial discussion. Topics covered include choosing the right bariatric procedure, surgical strategies from around the world, research, and more. All roundtable luncheons will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

New this year: Women's Mentoring and Networking Lunch. Participate in an open discussion about the challenges and rewards women experience in the field of bariatric surgery. Space is limited in all roundtable luncheons, so register now to reserve your spot!

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Get moving at ObesityWeek!
ASMBS & TOS
At ASMBS and TOS, we do our best to subscribe to the idiom "practice what you preach," which is why we are taking steps to improve and sustain the health of ObesityWeek attendees. A series of events and activities at the conference will help keep attendees active. The ASMBS vs. TOS pedometer challenge will add a dose of healthy competition for both groups, and a 5K social run/walk event will incentivize attendees with an early morning calorie-burning challenge. The 5K takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 – 8 a.m. ET. Don't forget to bring your sneakers to Boston!
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Don't miss the 2nd Annual Obesity Symposium at ObesityWeek 2014!
TOS
The editors of the journal Obesity have selected six leading research papers to be featured in the 2nd annual Obesity Journal Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 1 1–2:30 p.m. ET. This special session will highlight the following papers, which will be published in a special section of the November 2014 issue of Obesity:
  • Preventing weight gain with calorie-labelling, Charoula Konstantia Nikolaou
  • Objective physical activity and weight loss in adults: The step-up randomized clinical trial, John M. Jakicic
  • Comparative effectiveness of three doses of behavioral weight loss counseling: Two-year findings from the Rural LITE Trial, Michael G. Perri
  • The role of Small Heterodimer Partner (SHP) in NAFLD improvement after vertical sleeve gastrectomy in mice, Andriy Myronovych
  • Cognitive performance and BMI: shared genetics between BMI and reaction time, but not response inhibition, across childhood, Alexis Wood
  • Kidney function in severely obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery, Nianzhou Xiao
Congratulations to the authors on their groundbreaking work! Don’t forget to add this session to your itinerary as you plan your schedule.

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Spotlight on ObesityWeek 2014 partners!
ASMBS & TOS
Nine Level 2 partners and nearly 40 Level 3 partners contribute to make ObesityWeek the premier collaboration of obesity professionals worldwide. View our full list of partners here.

Each Level 2 partner hosts a special symposia during ObesityWeek 2014. Partner symposia, which are included in your scientific session registration, provide unique perspectives from an array of specialties, backgrounds and countries. Register now and start planning your ObesityWeek schedule!

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Stay connected with @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS at #OW2014
ASMBS & TOS
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 via @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 the 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


Obesity rates up in 6 states; impoverished minorities at risk
Examiner
Americans are still too obese, according to a new report, The State of Obesity, which has been publishing statistics on obesity for 11 years. Obesity rates have reached epidemic proportions, and increasing in six states, according to the report, which was conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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USPSTF recommends intensive behavioral counseling for people with obesity, overweight
Healio
People who are obese or overweight with at least one other cardiovascular disease risk factor should receive intensive behavioral counseling focusing on a healthful diet and physical activity, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends.
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Obese and pregnant: An intervention that works
Time
A new study shows comprehensive programs for weight management can help obese women have healthy pregnancies Obesity during pregnancy is a dangerous mix for both mom and baby. A mother's obesity during pregnancy is linked to a greater likelihood for gestational diabetes, birth injuries, miscarriage, and a higher rate of C-sections. A child born to an obese mother is at a higher risk of developing obesity down the line, too.
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Obesity tied to higher risk of 10 common cancers
Fox News
Being overweight and obese puts people at greater risk of being diagnosed with 10 common cancers, reported BBC News. In a new study published in the Lancet, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine monitored the health of 5 million people living in the U.K. over a period of seven years. For every 28 to 35 pounds of extra weight, an average adult had a greater risk of six cancers— uterine, gallbladder, kidney, cervical, thyroid and leukemia. The degree of risk varied by tumor type.
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Obesity problem answer might be in the bugs in our stomachs
ABC News
Scientists conducting a series of experiments in Sweden over the past five years have made a discovery that could make a profound contribution to the fight against global obesity. The scientists, led by Fredrik Backhed of the University of Gothenburg, were studying mice that had been raised in a germ-free environment, and were thus lean and healthy. But when they were fed a "fecal pellet," which is just what it sounds like, from an obese human the mice quickly became obese, although exercise and their food availability remained unchanged.
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You've got obesity all wrong: Zafgen CEO
CNBC
Tom Hughes wants to change the way you think about obesity. As the chief executive officer of Zafgen, a company developing a weight-loss medicine that went public in June, he has reason to. But he argues the evidence just doesn't stack up to support the idea that diet and exercise can effectively reverse obesity.
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Could obesity be a risk factor for Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
Examiner.com
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare but lethal breast cancer. There is not much knowledge known about the epidemiology of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC); however, with ongoing research some risk factors are becoming evident. One of these risk factors that is becoming evident is an increased Body Mass Index (BMI).
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