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Latin American Affairs

The purpose of the Latin America Affairs Section is to bridge the gap between obesity professionals in The Obesity Society (TOS) in North America and Latin America, specifically those interested in research development and collaborations within TOS and other regional societies in North, Central and South America. The main aim of the Section is to develop academic strategies, training opportunities, research collaborations, and continuing education courses for the Spanish and bi-lingual community.


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  • Support academic events and research in obesity in Latin communities
  • Increase the registration and presence of Latin Americans at the annual meeting scientific meeting
  • Increase membership to the TOS and the Latin American Affairs Section


Join the Latin American Affairs Section

All section members must be a member of The Obesity Society. 

If you are not a member of The Obesity Society, join today. Be certain to select the Latin American Affairs Section when completing your profile.

If you are already a member and would like to join the Latin American Affairs Section, please login to your member profile and select the Latin American Affairs Section. Once you have updated your profile, you will receive all communications pertaining to the section.

Please contact Shameeka Green, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Volunteer Coordinator, if you have any questions.


Submit papers to Salud Mental Journal

In 2016, Salud Mental Journal will publish two special issues on obesity and mental health. Authors working in these areas are invited to send original and review papers addressing this issue. Manuscripts reporting epidemiological, clinical, and neuroscientific studies are preferred. Studies from other disciplines will also be considered.

Salud Mental is interested in receiving manuscripts addressing the worldwide pandemics of overweight and obesity and its relation with mental health. Considering the magnitude of this problem, and its implications for public health and clinical practice, intensive research is needed to have a better understanding of how mental illness and obesity interact, and, most importantly, how knowledge of these linkages may help to ameliorate the burden associated with both conditions.

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Salud Mental online system hereand should click on the icon "Publish in Salud Mental," located at the left side of the screen.

Manuscripts must follow the Authors' Guides available here. Authors should submit articles by December 31, 2015.

Salud Mental is the official Journal of the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramon de la Fuente Muñiz (INPRFM), and has remained the lead outlet for mental health research in Mexico since its establishment in 1977.



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Marcela Perez, M.Sc (Chair, 2014-2015)Marcela Perez

Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social

Dr. Perez is the Program Coordinator in the Clinical Research Training Center of the Mexican Institute of Social Security. Her research interest centers on investigating energy expenditure in obese pregnant women, the role of dietary and physical activity patterns impact on Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and its components in children and adults. During her Master's degree program she studied the effect of very short, short, medium and long bouts of moderate to vigorous physical activity on adiposity in school age children. Contrary to what physical activity guidelines recommend, which is performing two bouts of 15 minutes each, her work showed that bouts lasting 10 minutes are associated with lower adiposity.

In her Doctoral program, she is currently working on a study looking at differences in dietary patterns associated with Metabolic Syndrome in normal weight, overweight and obese subjects.

Miriam Jacoma SosaMiriam Jacome Sosa, PhD (Early-Career Representative, 2014-2015)

Miriam Jacoma Sosa

University of Missouri, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Dr. Jacome-Sosa is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Jacome-Sosa completed her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her Doctoral studies investigated the bioactive properties of a naturally-occurring trans fat called vaccenic acid, present in dairy products. Dr. Jacome-Sosa is the recipient of 2012 and 2013 Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science Outstanding Graduate Research Award and the 2009-10 President's International Doctoral Fellowship.

At Missouri, her research studies include testing the effect of insulin resistance to reduce intestinal hormone signaling in humans. Specifically, the state of prediabetes is hypothesized to result in less cephalic phase control of lipid absorption contributing to elevated postprandial lipemia.

Brunilda Nazario, MD, BC-ADM (Chair Elect 2014-2015)bruni nazario


Dr. Brunilda Nazario is the Associated Medical Director and Lead Medical Editor at WebMD. She is a board certified Internist and Endocrinologist, she also is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She's is certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is on the Item Writing Committee for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

She was a guest speaker at URAC Global Summit on Diabetes, a panelist at The American Heart Association 4th Summit in NYC on 'Tu Corazon Latina'. She also participated in WebMD's Town Hall meeting with the First Lady Michelle Obama. She has been a regular contributor to CBS radio and news and has appeared in various publications such as Women's Health Magazine, Readers Digest, The Evening News, Parade magazine, Noticias Telemundo, and others.


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