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A message from our president
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A meeting between the leadership of NIH-DDK Institute and TOS organized by Ted Kyle and the Advocacy Committee that he chairs took place last month in Bethesda, Md. The purpose of the meeting was to initiate a process of engagement between TOS and NIDDK and to determine how TOS could be helpful to NIDDK in addressing obesity research priorities. Dr. Griffin Rogers, NIDDK Director and NIH Director Francis Collins wrote an editorial entitled "The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste" in the JAMA September 2012 issue devoted to obesity. The editorial laid out the importance of pursuing multi-level approaches in gathering data to inform the development of successful obesity treatments. Challenges in prioritizing and funding will shape the NIH Obesity Research agenda. The editorial represents a portion of the 2011 NIH Obesity Strategic Plan. The meeting was productive; we agreed to meet regularly and in addition, to work together to shape the agenda of meetings that will be organized in conjunction with our annual meeting in conjunction with Obesity Week and other meeting to be organized by NIDDK. More

The Obesity Society National office will be closed Dec. 24, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013

Capitol update
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Advocacy update headlines:
  • Feds Issue Bevy of ACA Regulations on:
    • Essential Health Benefits
    • Employer Wellness Programs
    • Multi-State Health Plans
  • Obesity Community Participates in EEOC Meeting on Employer Wellness Programs
To view the December Capitol Update, please click here.

Funding opportunity: Evaluation of multi-'omic data in understanding the human microbiome's role in health and disease (u54)
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The FOA for Phase 2 of the Human Microbiome Project, has just been released. This FOA, which will be funded by the NIH Common Fund, is soliciting integrated–omic (metagenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic, etc.) studies of the role in human disease of the microbiome resident at any body site. This FOA will be of interest not only to microbiologists, but also to systems biologists, and any clinical investigators who have an interest in adding a microbiome dimension to their clinical studies. The projects being solicited will require a large, well-characterized clinical population, and collaboration between clinical and basic scientists in a broad range of disciplines.

As the submission deadline is in early February, we are trying to disseminate this FOA as rapidly as possible to all interested investigators. The Letter of Intent is due on Jan. 8, 2013.

Survey suggests more novel research is needed
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As you know, TOS has been very interested in gathering the thoughts of members on the subject of obesity research. At a time when so many Americans are struggling with the disease, it’s imperative we have a thorough understanding of ways to approach it that will lead to more effective prevention methods and treatments. Among other things, we wonder if there are opportunities for those of us at the forefront of obesity science to do more and to do it better.

With those questions in mind, we sent out a survey to all members a few weeks ago and have been heartened by the overwhelming response. Our intent is to fully analyze and share the complete results. But initial results suggest that most respondents agree: novel interventions are needed to make progress in the treatment of obesity and much of ongoing obesity research is not novel.

Once we have fully analyzed your responses, our intent is to share these findings with everyone who has a stake in obesity research, to inform a discussion about the research agenda needed to make progress against this disease.

Thank you so much for your input. Please look for more to come.

Did you know that as a TOS member you have free access to our childhood obesity resource guide?
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This project was made possible through a grant from Covidien. The Obesity Society partnered with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to develop a resource that would provide the basis for a toolkit for Community Health Centers (CHCs) with information on childhood obesity treatment and prevention for providers, patients, families, and community stakeholders. This is the Beta version of the kit that will be used to evaluate its effectiveness in the community and in selected Community Health Centers. You can find the Childhood Obesity Toolkit online on the Members Only page of the Member Center.

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The Member Center has a new look!
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Exciting changes for Obesity coming in January 2013
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An exciting year lies ahead for Obesity, as several changes are occurring simultaneously. Editor-in-Chief (Eric Ravussin) and Associate Editor-in-Chief (Donna Ryan) will bring new energy with an ambitious strategy to take Obesity to the next tier; a leading specialty journal of high quality and speedy publication. They want Obesity to be the first journal that an author considers for publishing a discovery of interest to the obesity research community, and for society members to scan Obesity every month for the latest developments in the field.

Among the changes are a simplification of section headings to just four: Obesity Biology and Integrated Physiology; Clinical Trials: Behavioral and Medications; Pediatric Obesity; and Epidemiology/Genetics. We are limiting the word count for original articles, but we will have more Invited Reviews and Perspectives, and have launched a new article type, Brief Cutting-Edge Reports, for excellent and novel findings that can be reported in 1500 words. We will also work with authors to produce more press releases, to increase the impact of their work, and of the Journal.

Finally, our new publisher, Wiley, is committed to publishing our work efficiently and to marketing it to achieve a wider readership. Wiley will improve the online reader experience with an Anywhere Article format to meet the screen demands of all devices. The Wiley Online Library homepage of Obesity will be used to highlight our best content. We will build virtual issues around chosen themes and promote the journal across readership in Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Cardiology, Surgery, and other related areas.

We look forward to publishing the first new issue in January 2013. If you are not already a member of TOS, this is a good time to join so you can receive the new Obesity journal.


Early career investigator committee seeks your input
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The Early-Career Investigator Committee is seeking feedback about the Annual Meeting in San Antonio from students, post-docs, junior faculty, and other early-career investigators. Please take a minute to complete the survey; feedback will be used to improve early-career-oriented activities throughout the year. More

Obesity 2012 outcomes survey
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The Obesity Society asks all Obesity 2012 attendees for their assistance in completing a follow-up survey. This survey should take a few minutes of your time and will help in the planning of future annual meetings. More

3rd Canadian Obesity Summit in Vancouver, May 1-4, 2013
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The Canadian Obesity Network's can't-miss obesity event for 2013, the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit (and Canada's only all-obesity meeting) is set to go in Vancouver, BC from May 1-4, 2013.

L’événement à ne pas manquer du Réseau Canadien en Obésité pour l’année 2013, le 3è Sommet Canadien sur l’Obésité (et le seul congrès seulement sur l’obésité au Canada) aura lieu à Vancouver, BC, du 1 au 4 mai 2013.

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Is 2013 a watershed year for the anti-obesity movement?
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A number of trends are coming together to suggest that obesity restrictions — advertising curbs, taxes and bans — will be front burner issues in 2013. The facts are well known. The average American consumes too many calories and exercises too little. We are one of the fattest nations on earth and the rise in childhood obesity will be a major factor in diabetes, heart disease and other illness in decades to come. More

Simple formula may predict obesity risk at birth
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Can a child's risk of becoming obese be predicted at birth? British researchers report that a simple formula that uses the child's birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy showed which babies were at most risk. More

Cost of treating morbidly obese patients continues to trend up
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The costs associated with treating morbidly obese patients continue to rise, according to a report released by healthcare supply contracting firm Novation. In its 2012 Bariatric Report, Novation reports that 74 percent of the facilities that responded to its survey have seen an increase in the number of bariatric surgeries in the past 12 months. More than half of respondents also spent more on the treatment of morbidly obese patients in the last 12-18 months than they had in previous years. More

Scientific statement examines role of social media in fighting childhood obesity
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Social media may become an important weapon in the battle against childhood obesity, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation. However, the statement acknowledges that the evidence so far from published social-media intervention studies has been "mixed" and that social media is also associated with troublesome drawbacks. More

Visceral obesity may increase risk for osteoporosis in men
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Visceral or deep belly fat might be a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented here at the Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. In the past, osteoporosis was thought to affect mainly women, and obesity was thought to protect against the disease, lead author Miriam Bredella, M.D., from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. More

Obesity complicates lung cancer surgery
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Lung cancer surgery takes longer and is more costly if a patient is obese, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 U.S. patients who had a portion of lung surgically removed due to lung cancer between 2006 and 2010. More

Can big food kick its obesity habit? Does it really want to?
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Recently, two big names in food policy squared off for a formal debate on the following proposition: There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the food and beverage industry's interests and public health policy interests on obesity. More

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