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Attending ObesityWeek? Don't forget to cast your absentee ballot!
TOS
The 2014 U.S. General Election is on November 4. If you're attending ObesityWeek, Nov. 2-7, don't forget to find out about your options for absentee and early voting. Per the National Conference of State Legislatures, most states offer a way for eligible voters to cast a ballot before Election Day. Find out more about the voting options in your state here.

Not yet registered for the meeting? Find out the top five reasons to attend OW2014 here.
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Stay connected with ASMBS and TOS using the ObesityWeek mobile app
ASMBS & TOS
The ObesityWeek mobile app is now available on iOS and Android devices! The app includes a full session schedule, interactive maps, speaker information, and more. The app will provide the latest up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek schedule, making it a great tool for planning your schedule for the week.

Search "ObesityWeek" in the App Store or Google Play to download the app. Information is constantly updated in the mobile app, and specific course locations and times may be subject to change. Your app will receive automatic updates whenever new information becomes available.

Don't forget to 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.

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Last chance to register online for ObesityWeek 2014
ASMBS & TOS
There are only three more days to register online for ObesityWeek. Attendees who wish to register after October 17 will need to do so on-site. Registration is still available at the ObesityWeek website. Don’t miss your chance to register from the ease of your own computer, where you can access the interactive schedule to plan your trip.

Don't delay — register today!

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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 6:00 – 7:30am ET (buses depart hotels at 5:30am). Don't forget to bring your sneakers to Boston!

You walk all day during a conference, but just how far do you go? As you walk back and forth from the hotel, convention center, sessions, exhibit hall and everywhere in between, you will be amazed how quickly your steps add up to miles without even trying. Reward yourself and join the ObesityWeek Pedometer Challenge for a chance to win great prizes—just for walking! Participation is free to all registered attendees. Join the Challenge and make every step count! Details are available here.

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OAC hosts FREE one-day patient educational event at ObestityWeek
Contributed by the Obesity Action Coalition
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is excited to introduce YWMLocal — Boston 2014, an educational opportunity for patients that will be held as part of ObesityWeek 2014. This FREE one-day event will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Westin Boston Waterfront from 11:30am – 4:00pm, and is for anyone who has ever been concerned with or struggled with their weight and wants to do something about it.

We invite you to share this unique, educational event with your patients, where they will learn from various speakers presenting evidence-based information on topics including:
  • Inspiration and Motivation to Help in Your Weight-loss Journey — Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
  • The Ever-changing World of Nutrition
  • Exercise Essentials: Learning the Basics and Getting Motivated
  • Evidence-based Weight Management Strategies — Robert Kushner, MD
  • Childhood Obesity: A Complex Discussion between Providers and Parents — Stephen Cook, MD, MPH
This event gives your patients the chance to experience an extension of the Your Weight Matters National Convention at the local level and be exposed to the quality education and community that can only be found at an OAC Live Event. Encourage your patients to register today for this free educational event by visiting www.YWMLocal.com.

Looking for an easy way to share this event? Print copies of the informational flyer and pass it around to your patients!

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Attention TOS members: Don't miss the ObesityWeek Section events!
TOS
Each Section of TOS holds various meetings and networking events at ObesityWeek. If you are currently part of a Section or are thinking about joining one, be sure to review the Section event schedule below so you don't miss out! What are TOS Sections? TOS supports these groups of members with similar interests, expertise or educational backgrounds that work together to develop goals that advance the Society's strategic plan. These groups are known as Sections and are self-defined, and share a common interest. Sections develop their own leadership and represent the interests of the group before the organization as a whole.

Members of TOS may join any Section and participate in the Section activities, which are developed during ObesityWeek and held throughout the year. More information about TOS Sections is available here.

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Join the conversation about MBSAQIP
ASMBS
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is one of the most important and rapidly-changing initiatives in metabolic and bariatric surgery. Keep up with the latest updates and join the conversation at these Pre-Conference Courses:
  • MBSAQIP Roundtable — Just Added! This roundtable luncheon will allow attendees to join conversations on a range of topics including ACS Administration, standards, quality improvement and more.
  • MBSAQIP Educational Course: This course is designed for MBSAQIP hospital administrators, data reviewers, bariatric surgery directors and anyone else interested in quality. Topics include lessons learned from over 1000 hospital verifications, data collection and site verification.
There will also be a panel discussion on the national MBSAQIP program in Thursday, November 6th, at 10:00am.

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Weight bias among ObesityWeek attendees
Contributed by Amanda Staiano, PhD
Are we, as obesity researchers and health professionals, perpetuating negative stigmas and prejudice against individuals with obesity? At ObesityWeek 2013, Dr. Tomiyama and colleagues surveyed attendees with measures of implicit and explicit weight bias, to answer this very question. This research replicates a study by Schwartz et al., which measured weight bias at The Obesity Society's annual conference over a decade ago, in 2001.

Conference participants (n = 232) answered questions about conscious attitudes toward weight to measure explicit bias and completed the Implicit Association Test to measure implicit bias, or unconscious attitudes about weight. Participants at ObesityWeek 2013 displayed significant explicit and implicit anti-fat biases. These participants associated people who with obesity or overweight with more negative traits, including the labels "lazy," "stupid," and "worthless." A comparison between findings from the 2001 study found that implicit weight bias decreased from 2001 to 2013 but that explicit weight bias increased.

This increase in explicit weight bias is worrisome because it suggests a permissive social climate in which anti-fat bias is the norm. Negative attitudes about individuals with obesity held by the very researchers and health professionals who are trying to help them may hinder treatment. However, the authors are optimistic about the decrease in implicit weight bias and possibilities to further reduce bias and improve treatment.

Read the full study here.

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Check out the latest obesity research at the TOS poster sessions
TOS
Don't miss hearing about any of this year's groundbreaking obesity research! Be sure to stop by the following TOS poster sessions at ObesityWeek:
  • TOS Poster Session 1 — Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • TOS Poster Session 2 — Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • TOS Poster Session 3 — Thursday, Nov. 6, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
This year, each poster will display a unique QR code, which will allow you to access more information about the poster directly from your smart phone. Instructions for downloading a QR code reader and scanning the code will be available in the poster hall.

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'ObesityWeek' NOT 'Obesity-2014': A parallel world of pseudo-academia
ASMBS & TOS
During the past several years, a trend has emerged where for-profit companies started reaching into the nonprofit world to host scientific meetings. Some of these meetings are named so similarly that many in the field are duped into attending the wrong meeting. Given the concern, ObesityWeek partners aim to ensure our members, colleagues and other potential attendees recognize ObesityWeek 2014 as the combined annual conference of TOS and ASMBS — rather than Obesity-2014, as named by the OMICS Group who started holding their meeting in 2012. Per TOS past president, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, "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 on the subject here.
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Buy your tickets for the ASMBS Foundation's L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon
ASMBS
The ASMBS Foundation will be holding their annual LEAD Awards in conjunction with ObesityWeek 2014. Both the ASMBS and the ASMBS Foundation will present awards to leaders in the field of bariatric surgery who have shown superior guidance, training, and dedication.

We invite you to join us on Monday, Nov. 3 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel from 12:00pm – 1:30pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom to honor various ASMBS and ASMBS foundation awards.

Your attendance to the LEAD Awards will help support the efforts of the ASMBS Foundation. Tickets may be purchased for $150.00 on the ASMBS Foundation's website or with your ObesityWeek registration. Group tickets are also available at a discounted rate.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Better diabetes remission after weight loss surgery than other methods
Reuters
More than 20 years of evidence suggests that bariatric surgery produces greater weight loss and more type 2 diabetes remissions than nonsurgical treatments for the obese, according to a review. The results, from a National Institutes of Health symposium held last year, support the idea that weight loss surgeries are effective and safe, at least within the first two to five years after surgery. But more studies of long term effects are needed, the authors say.
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You may change bad fat to good after cold exposure
HealthDay News via WebMD
Cold temperatures may prompt unhealthy white fat in the thighs and belly to turn into brown fat that burns calories for body heat, a new study says. But being obese appears to hinder this process, according to researchers. Most adult fat deposits are what's known as white fat, and it was once believed that only babies have brown fat, which appears to help keep them warm.
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Is obesity a cancer risk?
MedPage Today
Obesity represents "a central challenge" to cancer prevention and care and requires immediate action to reduce the toll, the American Society of Clinical Oncology asserts in its first-ever position statement on obesity. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the statement calls for increased efforts to address the critical priorities of education and awareness about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new resources for clinicians, intensified and coordinated research, and policy changes to improve access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment.
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New treatments needed for obesity
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, the high prevalence of obesity continues to strain the United States healthcare system. This November, the science behind obesity treatment and prevention solutions will be discussed at ObesityWeek 2014, a weeklong event for obesity professionals seeking to find solutions to the epidemic.
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Weight-loss programs for surgery patients
The Wall Street Journal
More hospitals are offering long-term weight-loss maintenance programs to patients who undergo bariatric surgery, in a growing recognition that they may need a lifetime of care to avoid backsliding and regaining weight. The new dietary and lifestyle regimens often start months before the surgery and continue for months or years afterward. Nutritionists, nurses and psychologists join surgeons on the medical team and offer a mix of behavior-modification techniques, including individual counseling, classes and support groups.
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Health department gets $3.5M for chronic disease
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
The Rhode Island Department of Health has received a $3.5 million grant to help prevent obesity and other chronic diseases, together with reducing health disparities among at-risk populations. The award is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is one of 21 awards to state and city health departments totaling $69.5 million. The new federal program expands on a state-level effort that began last year.
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