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TOS ObesityWeek abstract submission site remains open until May 11
Special letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the ObesityWeek℠ 2015 abstract submission deadline we recognize that there may be some confusion regarding the dates and times, specifically given that TOS and ASMBS have their submissions occurring simultaneously this year.

For this reason, we are making a special exception and are extending the 2015 deadline from Friday, May 8 at 5pm ET to Monday, May 11 at noon ET. Please keep in mind that given this additional extension, we are not able to make any further exceptions for anyone not meeting the new May 11 deadline.
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Encouraging people-first language in Obesity
Contributed by Obesity editors

Obesity editor, Dr. Eric Ravussin
Moving the obesity research field toward "people-first" language is the goal of new policies and procedures recently enacted by the editors of Obesity. In response to a letter to the editor highlighting the need for these changes (published in the May issue, online now), TOS updated the journal's author guidelines documents to specify that articles should not use "obese" as either an adjective or a noun when referring to individuals or groups of people (for example, authors should use "children with obesity" instead of "obese children").

William Dietz's letter points out that using this kind of language is essential to convincing providers and the public to treat obesity as a disease.

"Just as we use people-first language to state that a person has asthma, or a person has cancer, we should refer to a person affected by obesity as a person with obesity," Dietz says.

TOS has called for people-first language in a joint position statement: “Labeling individuals as obese creates negative feelings toward individuals with obesity, perpetuates weight bias, and must be avoided.”

As part of the journal's new procedures, authors are being asked to edit their articles for people-first language during the revision process.

"These changes will take time, but we think we're heading in the right direction," said Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS, Obesity Associate Editor-in-Chief.

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TOS members: Submit letters of intent now for 2015 Novo Nordisk Research Grants
TOS is pleased to announce the funding of three Novo Nordisk Research Grants for up to $45,000 each for the 2015 grant period. Letters of intent will be accepted now through May 30, 2015. TOS members are encouraged to apply.

This program is offered by TOS as a member service to support mid-career research grants in three areas of concentration:
1. Neuroendocrine control of eating behaviors (clinical and pre-clinical studies)
2. Novel neuroendocrine regulators of body weight (clinical and pre-clinical studies)
3. New drug treatment strategies needed as adjuncts to sustain lost weight
Letters of intent are due May 30, 2015. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by June 30, 2015 and the deadline for full proposal submission is July 30, 2015. Funding for the successful applications will be available October 1, 2015. The award may be expended over a period of up to one year.

Additional information and application instructions are available here.

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Deadline approaching: TOS ObesityWeek℠ 2015 abstract submission closes May 11

The deadline to submit abstracts to TOS’s annual meeting at is noon ET on May 11, 2015. Don't miss your chance to present your latest research on obesity prevention and treatment!

You may submit your abstracts to the following tracks:
1. Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
2. Neuroscience
3. Interventional & Clinical Studies
4. Population Health
5. Policy
Our abstracts undergo careful peer review for oral or poster presentation at ObesityWeek. Submit your abstract here.

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Call for LOIs: TOS Early Career Grant Challenge
TOS is pleased to announce an all-new early career research grant competition. Proposals are invited that would advance our understanding about any aspect of prevention or treatment of obesity.

This unique competition offers an opportunity for five finalists to present their grant submissions orally to the audience at TOS Opening Session at ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 3 at 5:00pm PT.

Each of the five finalists, selected by TOS Scientific Review Committee from the pool of applicants, will receive a $1,500 travel grant and free admission to attend ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2-7 in Los Angeles, CA. Finalists will have five minutes to present their proposals at the session, and will be judged by a panel of four judges, as well as the audience serving as the collective fifth "judge." The winner will be announced at the closing of the session and receive $40,000 for the grant.

TOS is now accepting one-page Letters of Intent from interested early career members. LOIs should be submitted to by May 30, 2015. Find out more about the grant and the submission process here.

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Apply now for the Obesity and Cancer Section's Susan G. Komen ObesityWeek Travel award
Contributed by the Obesity & Cancer Section
Continuing the tradition of last year, the Obesity and Cancer (O&C) Section will convene a competition for travel support for three TOS members who plan to attend ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, Nov. 2 - 7. The award decision will be based on the scientific quality of the abstract, the relevance to breast cancer and the travel need. A panel of senior O&C Section members will select the recipients upon review of submitted abstracts, and inform the winners in advance by email.

To qualify, applicants must be:
1. At the rank of Junior Faculty (up to and including Assistant Professor)
2. Currently pursuing independent research
3. A current TOS and O&C Section member, or become a member prior to receiving the award
4. In attendance at the 2015 O&C Section meeting at ObesityWeek 2015
Applications must include the following elements:
1. A short proposal (limited to 300 words) describing the applicant's research and its relevance to breast cancer, and how attending ObesityWeek will advance his or her professional, educational and research objectives
2. NIH biosketch of applicant
The application deadline is July 1, 2015. To apply, send your materials to Shameeka Green at

These awards are generously funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Decline in children's sugar sweetened beverage consumption
Contributed by Amanda Staiano, PhD
In a recent study in Obesity, Dr. Sara Bleich (TOS member and Councilor of the Pediatric Obesity Section) and doctoral student Julia Wolfson investigated the trends in sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) and salty snack consumption among children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years. Using the 24-hour dietary recall data from the U.S. National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES) in the years 2003-2010, the team observed a significant decline in SSB consumption for almost all body weight and age groups, including a significant decline in Hispanic preschool-aged children and 12-19 year-old white adolescents with obesity and overweight. Furthermore, white children aged 2 to 11 years had a significant decline in calories consumed from salty snacks.

The authors point to important differences in trends across subgroups of age, body weight, and race/ethnicity, and state that despite promising declines, the levels of SSB and snack consumption remain high among children. It is not clear the extent to which food-related policy or environmental changes, such as vending machine restrictions or school bans on SSB marketing, have contributed to declines. The authors conclude that reduction of children's discretionary calories from SSBs and snacks should remain a priority. Read the full study in the May issue of Obesity here.

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Calling all professors: Help us spread the word about TOS's free student membership
Did you know it's free for undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral associates within three years of graduation to become a student member of TOS? Students and recent grads wishing to join must complete the membership application form online, and provide a letter from their supervisor or mentor on institutional letterhead confirming their status as a student or recent graduate.

TOS student members have access to:
1. Resources for early-career investigators, including unique mentoring opportunities
2. TOS's Awards and Grants Program
3. TOS's online membership directory, your networking source for medical and scientific obesity professionals
4. Leadership and networking opportunities in your field
5. Discounts on registration fees for ObesityWeek
6. NEW: Free webinars for members!
Tell your students to submit an application today!

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Sign up now for ObesityWeek Daily!
ObesityWeek Daily is an email newsletter shared with ObesityWeek 2015 attendees daily during the conference, and includes five pre-show and one post-show issue to ensure those attending stay apprised of key dates, special announcements and meeting highlights. The newsletter also includes the latest news coverage on ObesityWeek and related topics.

The first issue of ObesityWeek Daily will go out to subscribers next Tuesday, May 12, so sign up today!

If you have signed up do not see your issue of ObesityWeek Daily on Tuesday, please check your junk mail and spam filters. If you still don’t see it, follow these instructions. If you have ObesityWeek news to highlight in the next issue of ObesityWeek Daily, please send your ideas to

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Contributed by TOS eHealth/mHealth Section
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth Section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
Lin M, Mahmooth Z, Dedhia N, et al. Tailored, Interactive Text Messages for Enhancing Weight-Loss among African-Americans Adults: The TRIMM randomized controlled trial. Am J Med. 2015 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print].

Martin CK, Miller AC, Thomas DM, et al. Efficacy of SmartLossSM, a smartphone-based weight loss intervention: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Obesity. 2015 Apr 28; 23(5):935-942.

Henriksson H, Bonn SE, Bergström A, et al. A New Mobile Phone-Based Tool for Assessing Energy and Certain Food Intakes in Young Children: A Validation Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Apr 24;3(2):e38.
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (, and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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When you make kids' meals healthier by default, they still eat 'em up
High Plains Public Radio
Will a kids' meal sans fries and soda still tempt the youngest diners at restaurants? Chef Ype Von Hengst certainly thinks so. He's the co-founder of Silver Diner — a chain of fast-casual restaurants in Virginia and Maryland. Customers want healthier options for their kids, Hengst says. "We tempt them with the stuff they like, but we make sure it's also good for them," he says.
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Infectious obesity
On the closing day of the Canadian Obesity Summit, Obesity Society President Nikhil Dhurandhar challenged people to consider the concept of infectious obesity. He is the perfect person to issue this challenge because of his pivotal work to establish the relationship between obesity and adenovirus 36. In addition to the link between some cases of obesity and Ad36, a significant amount of research has gone into establishing the idea that obesity can be transmitted through social networks. Obesity does seem to spread through social ties.
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Urine for a surprise: Your pee might reveal your risk for obesity
You might think it's easy to guess if a person is at risk of becoming overweight or developing diabetes. The behavioral traits are pretty clear – that person might exercise less or eat more. He or she might have high blood pressure, or might have gained weight. But now there's another place to find evidence of those risk factors: in a person's pee.
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Pepsi dropping artificial sweetener
Beginning late this summer, Diet Pepsi will no longer contain the artificial sweetener aspertame. PepsiCo made the decision to replace aspertame with a different sweetener apparently in response to consumer concerns and dropping soda sales. According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 100 studies have found aspertame to be safe.
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Moms' pre-pregnancy obesity tied to ADHD, other issues in kids
HealthDay News via MedicineNet
Children whose mothers were very obese going into pregnancy may face an increased risk of emotional and behavioral problems, a new study suggests. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when moms were severely obese before pregnancy, their kids were more likely to have issues like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and developmental delays at the age of 6.
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Obesogens: The environmental link to obesity
U.S. News & World Report
Sedentary lifestyles and poor diets have long been blamed for people's inability to lose weight. But growing evidence points to environmental pollutants called "obesogens" that may alter the body's metabolism and predispose some individuals to weight gain.
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Adjustable gastric band feasible for treatment of type 2 diabetes, obesity
Patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity achieved similar 1-year benefits on diabetes control, cardiometabolic risk and patient satisfaction when undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric band or an intensive diabetes medical and weight management program, according to recent research.
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