A Message from Our President, February 6, 2013

The Obesity Society (TOS) Annual Meeting Planning Committee met last week to select the topics and the speakers for the 2013 TOS Program. As mentioned in January’s newsletter, the 2013 TOS annual meeting is part of a new and exciting joint venture between TOS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery called Obesity Week, which will take place November 11-16 in Atlanta, GA.

Obesity Week registration provides access to the stand-alone annual meetings of each society as well as to a number of joint events. Our annual meeting is the critical scientific event of our society and it serves as an opportunity for obesity researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry partners to meet, interact, collaborate and thereby enhance obesity science and practice. By doubling the numbers of total registrants, Obesity Week will facilitate opportunities for interaction and bring other benefits, including expanded media and public interest.

Completing the 2013 TOS program nine months prior to Obesity Week allows us to inform our members of the meeting’s topics and themes, which will promote meeting attendance. Further, through this buzz and additional marketing, early programming should increase interest among non-members.

I’m pleased to share a partial list of the symposium topics, as developed by the Program Committee that will be found in the 2013 TOS Program during Obesity Week:

  • Brain control of cognitive processes that contribute to feeding control
  • Effects of maternal high-fat diet on offspring obesity development
  • Food and nutrition programs: SNAP vs WIC as a model for the future
  • Impact of diet, prebiotics and probiotics on lean and obese humans
  • Impact of skeletal muscle on energy metabolism
  • Inflammation: from gut to brain and its role in obesity
  • Leptin and food reward
  • Non-nutrient sweeteners
  • Nutritional considerations for the bariatric candidate
  • Obesity and food addiction
  • Sleep deprivation and eating behavior
  • Stress and obesity
  • Weight management interventions and obesity
  • Weight management throughout a woman’s life cycle

I’d like to thank Alison Field, Program Committee Chair, Tim Moran, Co-Chair, and the 25 other members of our 2013 Program Committee for the hard work required to create this excellent TOS program.

In other exciting news, the TOS Executive Committee would like to congratulate Kelly Brownell for his recent appointment as Dean of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Kelly has devoted his career to obesity and weight bias, both clinically and in public policy matters. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as a rational and forward-thinking leader. Kelly’s appointment to this prestigious public policy seat is testimony to the regard in which he is held as an advocate for societal and governmental changes to promote improved nutrition, based on objective analysis of data from many sources. 


Harvey J. Grill, PhD

President, The Obesity Society

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