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The Obesity Society supports any group of members with similar interests, expertise or educational backgrounds that work together to develop goals which 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 The Obesity Society may join any Section and participate in the Section activities which are developed during the annual meeting and held throughout the year.

Please click on the Section titles below to learn more about each groups’ leadership, goals, resources and how to join:

Bariatric Surgery

The purpose of the Bariatric Surgery Section is to advance the science of bariatric surgery and the clinical management of the bariatric surgery patient utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.

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Basic Science

The purpose of the Basic Science Section (BSS) is to support and promote basic scientific efforts to understand the causes and complications of obesity and to identify mechanisms that lead to its prevention or cure.

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Bio-Behavioral Research

The purpose of the Bio-Behavioral Research Section is to support and encourage research on the complex interactions between biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence obesity, and to advocate for an approach to research, treatment, and prevention that considers and integrates both behavioral and biological aspects of obesity and obesity-related disease.

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Clinical Management

The purpose of the Clinical Management of Obesity Section is to form a collective group of practicing clinicians to improve our presence within The Obesity Society and the medical community, to help with common problems faced by practicing clinicians, and lastly to promote good ethical treatment of the overweight patient by all practicing clinicians.

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The purpose of the Diversity Section is to represent the interests of individuals of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity) at all levels of The Obesity Society - from Council to representation at the annual meeting.

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Rapid advancements in the capabilities of mobile technology and electronic media have greatly increased the possibilities for enhancing the treatment and prevention of obesity. The section will leverage the expertise within The Obesity Society to improve the lives of those affected by obesity by realizing the potential from these new technologies.

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Epidemiology & Population Health Section

The purpose of the Epidemiology & Population Health Section is to provide a forum to advance the methods, applications and education in understanding how obesity affects the health and wellbeing of communities across the country and around the world, and discuss various strategies to promote healthy behaviors and environments for all people.

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Health Services Research

The purpose of the Health Services Research Section is to provide a forum for obesity health services researchers to share nascent obesity related findings, collaborate to inform a strategy that will foster HSR growth within the Society, and engage in opportunities that build the business case for obesity prevention and treatment programs.

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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 Latin America. The main aim of the Section is to develop academic strategies, training opportunities, research collaborations, and continuing education courses for the Spanish-speaking community.

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Obesity & Cancer

The purpose of the Obesity and Cancer Section is to promote research, education and advocacy related to cancer, including: understanding how obesity affects etiology, prevention and management of cancer; the development of effective strategies, interventions and educational efforts that may reduce the impact of obesity on cancer risk and progression; and promote the dissemination of knowledge of the obesity-cancer relationship to the scientific community, clinicians and the public.

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Pediatric Obesity

The purpose of the Pediatric Obesity Section is to support and promote scientific efforts to understand the correlates, causes, and consequences of pediatric obesity and to inform its treatment and prevention.

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