August 2010

The Obesity Society Newsletter
August 2010
Register Now for Obesity 2010!
TOS, ASMBS, OAC Visit Capitol Hill
TOS 2010 Elections
TOS Urges FDA to Be Fair on Treatment Approaches
CORE Pre-Conference Seminar
Call for Proposals: Healthy Eating Research Grants
TOS Members and Obesity in the News
Obesity Screening/Counseling Covered service Under New ACT
Programs That Help Fight Childhood Obesity
This Month in OBESITY
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Obesity 2010


August 31-September 10, 2010:
International Course in Nutritional Epidemiology (2nd ed.)
Imperial College, London
Full Details 

September 16-19, 2010:: IASO Scope Summer School
Cambridge, UK
Full Details
September 21, 2010:: Institute of Medicine: Chicago Regional Membership Meeting: Diabetes and Obesity
Chicago, IL
Full Details 
September 28-30, 2010:: American Association of Diabetes Educators: Core Concepts - Seminar on Diabetes and Diabetes Self-Management
Orlando, FL
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September 28-30, 2010:: *The World Congress - 5th Annual Obesity Congress
Washington, DC
Full Details
(*Discount offered to TOS members)

September 29- October 1, 2010::
National Association of Bariatric Nurses: 7th Annual Meeting & Conference
Norfolk, VA
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Donna Ryan, MDDear TOS Members and Supporters,
The Obesity Society (TOS) has been experiencing growth in several areas, and that should make everyone in the obesity field happy.  TOS ended 2009-2010 with around 100 more members than in 2008-2009.  We are working toward a further increase in the coming year, since many members renew (or join for the first time) in the summer/fall to take advantage of reduced convention rates.
As the Society grows, so does its ability to provide more tangible and intangible benefits to both members and non-members. Yes, TOS members are providing the support for professional opportunities enjoyed by everyone in the obesity profession.  As membership numbers grow, TOS is able to create more valuable opportunities for everyone in the field.  Recent developments include real possibilities to: reach legislators and regulators; increase the number of New Investigator Grants offered by TOS as well as four news grants offered by GlaxoSmithKline and Nutrisystem (two each); gain more media exposure to the issues surrounding obesity and what our members do as scientists and clinicians; and develop the most comprehensive program on obesity in North America offered at our Annual Scientific Meeting. Many non-members attend the TOS meeting to take advantage of all the latest information in the industry.  However, it is only our members who are designing and shaping the content of all these programs, as well as the direction of our strategic plan.
Active members are at the heart of every organization, and TOS has a wealth of tireless, hard-working members who help the profession prosper. Members who are not so active are still extremely valuable to the organization. The wealth of knowledge and experience of our members is shared constantly through the convention, ideas for our publications, input regarding governmental issues, and suggestions regarding the direction of TOS.

Of course, members and non-members all share their knowledge at the TOS Annual Scientific Meeting.  And more attendees produce more ideas helpful to everyone.  But this educational event would not be possible without TOS's members. And the more members there are in the Society, the stronger the programs and the individual members can become.
If non-members are enjoying any of these benefits, they have our membership to thank.  The best thanks would be to become contributing members of the obesity field by joining TOS and helping to support and shape the future of all its endeavors on behalf of its members. It is an investment in one's self and one's professionalism, providing exposure to the rest of the industry, career opportunities, and a support system.
If you are already a member, thank you very much for your contribution to the success of your industry.  Please consider encouraging all of your friends in the business to become supporters in growing the obesity profession by joining forces with all of us.

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Donna H. Ryan, MD
President, The Obesity Society
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Click here to register for Obesity 2010, the largest and most-comprehensive program in the field of obesity. Plan your time in San Diego at this year's annual meeting with the Advance Program.


ASMBS, OAC and TOS Leadership Visit With Key Policymakers to Address Obesity Epidemic
On July 27, 2010, leadership from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) joined TOS Advocacy Task Force Member Dr. Caroline Apovian and Executive Director Francesca Dea in a series of visits with key policymakers in Washington, DC. The purpose of the advocacy day was to push for inclusion of comprehensive obesity treatment services in the essential benefits package that is currently being developed for the new health plan exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In addition to meeting with Congressional staff from the offices of Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the OAC, ASMBS and TOS contingent sat down with key staff from the Obama Administration from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General. The highlight of the day was a return trip to the White House to meet with staff in the First Lady's Office to again urge Mrs. Obama and the President to advocate for both prevention and treatment services when developing strategies for addressing our country's obesity epidemic.
See Francesca Dea's account of this visit below in her End Note for this month.
Make Sure to Cast Your Vote Before the Deadline 

The Obesity Society's 2010 Council and Nominating Committee Elections e-ballot opened Monday, August 9, 2010 and will close Friday, August 20, 2010 at midnight.   The e-ballot was sent to current members of The Obesity Society.  Please ensure your membership status is active so that you may be able to vote for our new leaders.  Please click here to verify membership status.
We have an outstanding group of candidates for you to consider for the following four positions on Council, as well as two positions on the Nominating Committee:
  • Vice President
  • Councilor - Population/Epidemiology
  • Councilor - Clinical/Translational
  • Councilor - Basic/Experimental
  • Nominating Committee (two positions)
Members will have the opportunity to review the candidates' biographical statements prior to casting their votes, once the e-ballot has opened.
Please contact Sadie Campbell, Governance and Executive Assistant at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 301-563-6526, if you have questions regarding the election process. 
  FDA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 15
On July 15, 2010, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and its Advisory Committee on Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs held the first of three meetings - initiating a six-month period where the FDA will examine new pharmaceutical treatment avenues for those who struggle with their weight.
The focus of the July 15 advisory committee meeting was QNEXA, a new weight loss drug developed by VIVUS, Inc. After a day-long review of the safety and efficacy of QNEXA, the advisory panel decided to not recommend approval for the new drug - citing concerns over lack of any two-year data regarding possible side effects of the drug. TOS Advocacy Task Force Member Dr. Caroline Apovian submitted a statement for the record and also spoke during the public meeting where she urged the FDA to help in finding safe and effective medications for obesity management.
One-Day Comprehensive Weight-Management Course for Clinicians

The Centers for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), an educational arm of The Obesity Society, will host a one day pre-conference CME course on Friday, October 8, 2010, to educate clinicians in weight management.
The seminar includes didactic sessions from national leaders in obesity treatment, covering practical topics in clinical obesity management. Attendees will discover the latest treatment options, including behavioral management, diet and physical activity, pharmacotherapy, and surgical treatment, then take a look into the future of obesity treatment. 

For complete program information, please visit
Concept Papers May Be Submitted Through September 1, 2010  

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. 
Rapid-Response grants support time-sensitive and opportunistic studies on emerging or anticipated changes in food-related policies or environments that can only be conducted during a short window of opportunity and are needed to inform policy debates for local, state or national action.
Approximately $900,000 will be awarded for rapid-response grants of up to $150,000 each, for a maximum funding period of 18 months. Funding for approved studies may be initiated as early as four months after invited full proposals are submitted. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.
A concept paper may be submitted at any time until September 1, 2010 (3 pm ET).
For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit
  Here is a round-up of press articles that refer to The Obesity Society and its members or to topics relating to obesity in general. Please note that all external links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement by The Obesity Society.
 TOS and TOS Members in the News 
Drs. Robert Kushner and Louis Aronne,
Drs. Donna Ryan and Marc Cornier, 
Dr. David Ludwig 
Weight Gain in Pregnancy Predicts Obesity in Offspring 
Dr. Rebecca Puhl
Dr. Marjorie R. Freedman
Dr. William Dietz
Obesity in the News
Cost Sharing for Preventive Services Would Be Covered Under New Affordable Care Act
On July 14, 2010, the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services released proposed regulations regarding cost sharing for preventative services covered under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the proposed regulations, new health policies beginning on or after September 23, 2010, must cover preventive services that have strong scientific evidence ("A or B" rating from the US Preventive Health Services Task Force) of their health benefits and will be prohibited from charging a patient a copayment, co-insurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider.
The list of services specifically includes:
  • Obesity screening and counseling for all adults
  • Obesity screening and counseling for children over the age of six
The Obesity Society (TOS) believes that this is a major first step in opening the door to coverage of comprehensive obesity treatment services.  For the first time, many Americans will have the ability to have a conversation with their healthcare provider about their weight, receive counseling and it would be a covered visit. TOS will be providing formal comments on the proposed regulations later this month.
The Chefsters Go To School
"The Chefsters" is a cooking TV series featuring young chefs called Chefsters to familiarize other kids with healthier eating and the basic cooking arts. The Chefsters provides proper guidance to healthy and fun cooking habits to youth from the ages of 7 to 12, who are its primary focus. Many teenagers and young adults, who have a passion for healthier food, will also be attracted to the program.
Or, see The Chefsters "Quick Look" 1-Minute Trailer:
Chef Joe
Chef Joseph Ciminera, host of Taste This! TV, a national cooking show airing on PBS, is joining the fight against childhood obesity with his healthy meal plan for children.
Food for Kids is an invaluable resource for parents with obese children or who want to help prevent obesity in their children. This 7-day meal plan is just like having a seasoned chef in the kitchen, as Chef Ciminera not only goes through his recipes step by step, providing tips on the small changes families can make to impact their child's health.
For more information: 
Just two of the many programs committed to providing healthy solutions to parents in order to make America's youth fitter, healthier, and happier.


Featured Articles in Obesity This Month Include:
Taking to the Hill
Joe Nadglowski, Georgeann Mallory, RD,  Bruce Wolfe, MD, Caroline Apovian, MD, John Morton, MD
Advocacy is a key pillar to The Obesity Society's mission and to our society in the United States.  Our opportunity to reach out to lawmakers is both a privilege and challenge.  As representatives of obesity professionals, TOS is building its advocacy program to reach out to legislators and regulators.  We are educating them about the issues significant to TOS members and seeking research opportunities. 

Last week I had the good fortune to join a prominent group of leaders* including, Caroline Apovian, MD representing TOS, in meetings with the legislative, regulatory and executive branches of our government.  The Obesity Society (TOS), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery together had meetings with lead staff working on Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.  We also met with key staff to Secretary Sebelius of Health and Human Services and Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General. Also significant, we met with lead staffers for Speaker of the House Pelosi, D-CA, Congresswoman Fudge, D-OH, Senator Burr, R-NC and Congressman Kind, D-WI .  
In the meeting with White House staff for the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, we learned about the Let's Move Cities and Towns extension of their efforts and brainstormed the possibility of working together on providing research/guidelines and sharing childhood obesity training information.  The staff member for Dr. Benjamin attended Obesity 2009 and had high praise for the quality and variety of program content.  She further expressed interest in the Certified Obesity Medical Physician (COMP) program as it becomes available.  From Speaker Pelosi's office, we were given some excellent contacts to stay involved in the development of healthcare reform implementation.  We remain supportive of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by working with OAC to host a Hill Briefing for House and Senate staffers to learn about the issues surrounding obesity. 
I cannot in this brief letter cover all that was discussed in a full day of meetings, but, suffice it to say, TOS is working hard on members' behalf and we will continue to keep you informed of the projects we undertake to further expand research and education opportunities.
TOS, OAC,  and ASMBS  Leadership Visiting the Hill: Who's Who  
* The Obesity Society - Caroline Apovian, MD, Advocacy Task Force Member; Francesca Dea, Executive Vice President
   Obesity Action Coalition - John Morton, MD, Member; Joe Nadglowski, Executive Director
   American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Bruce Wolfe, MD, President; Georgeann Mallory, Executive Director
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