January 22 - Letter from the Executive Director

ObesityWeekSM 2013 Highlights

Dear Colleagues,

As part of our planning for ObesityWeek 2014, we’re taking a look at our successes from 2013 and moving forward strategically to further improve upon an already successful event. Today, I’m pleased to provide you with a look into some key figures from the 2013 conference, including a breakdown of attendees, exhibitors/sponsors and abstracts. Here are a few highlights:

- ObesityWeek Attendees: 4771 (total)

- International Attendees: 702 (13% of total from 50 countries)

- Attendees by Certification:
      - MD: 1,528
      - PhD: 940
      - RD: 314
      - RN: 303
      - MPH: 178
      - BSN: 162
      - CBN: 148
     - Other (did not indicate): 1,198

- Exhibiting/Sponsoring Companies: 167
- Abstracts Presented: 1196


I’d like to thank all of you for your support in making this past meeting the premier event for obesity researchers, clinicians, surgeons, policymakers and many others in the field. We’re looking forward to another successful conference in 2014 and greatly appreciate the prompt responses those of you who submitted your suggestions for 2014 symposia and keynote speakers. As always, we received many terrific ideas, ranging from addressing weight bias to developing effective obesity policies to expand treatment at the state and federal level. Given the high-quality skills and knowledge of those involved in the planning and implementation of the 2014 conference I have no doubt that the event is sure to offer something for everyone in the field.


I hope you’ll stay tuned for further updates and don’t forget to mark your calendars for November 2 – 7, in Boston, Massachusetts.




Francesca Dea

The Obesity Society Executive Director

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