June 2011

June 2011
The Obesity Society Newsletter
In This Issue
Late-Breaking Abstracts
Register for Obesity 2011
Statement of The Obesity Society Regarding FDA Review and Approval of Promising New Obesity Drugs
Nutrisystem Research Grant
Basic Science News Brief
This Month In Obesity
TOS and Obesity In The News
Obesity Society Series: Obesity in North America-Unique National 'Obesity Identities'
Updates From the Department of Health and Human Services
CDC Updates
Pre-Conference Events at Obesity 2011
USDA Unveils the New Food Icon
Should Doctors Ever Turn Away Obese Patients?
Quick Links


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Dear Colleagues
  Jennifer Love Joy Headshot

The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting is the leading conference in obesity due to the superb research presented.  Each year the program quality content continues to improve.  With the hard work of the program committee and our dedicated members, I'm sure this year's meeting is guaranteed to be a success. As a member, you receive a discounted registration rate and can take full advantage of the educational programming, networking opportunities, and social events. This year we have several new pre-conference courses (see below for more information), mentoring events, and social networking. Check out the Advance Program and don't miss out on early-bird registration, which ends June 30th.


The society prides itself on working with other societies and groups to advocate and make a difference in obesity. Executive Director, Francesca Dea, TOS Council Member, Dick Atkinson, and I attended the 18th European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Istanbul last week. It was good to meet with our European counterparts and to experience a truly European, almost International, scientific program, which did feature a sprinkling of TOS members as speakers.


The TOS Grants Program demonstrates our commitment to research in the field of obesity, especially in a time when funding may be difficult to achieve.  I encourage members to apply by sending in their Letters of Intent by the Deadline of June 15, 2011.  


Finally, but not least, we've been asked by many members to find a credential to recognize Fellows of the society. After much discussion (and I'm pleased to report), we'd like to suggest that Fellows may use OSF (Obesity Society Fellow) as their designated credentials, after their name in their signature. 



 Jennifer Lovejoy Signature


Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD 

President, The Obesity Society


Late-Breaking Abstracts Are Being Accepted for Submission to Obesity 2011 


The Obesity Society will be accepting late-breaking abstracts for the 2011 Annual Meeting, beginning in mid-July 2011. Abstracts may be submitted in the following 4 tracks:

  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health and Policy

Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as oral presentations or as posters. The Call for Abstracts website will close on August 1, 2011.


Register Now to Receive the Early-Bird Rate!


Register for Obesity 2011, the largest and most-comprehensive program in the field of obesity. Plan your time in Orlando at this year's annual meeting with the Advance Program.


Early-Bird Rate Ends June 30, 2011


Register today!

Statement of The Obesity Society Regarding FDA Review and Approval of Promising New Obesity Drugs


Our nation is in the grip of a public health epidemic unlike any it's seen before, with a widespread and devastating impact on health and life. More than two-thirds of US adults are overweight or obese, and as a result are either present or potential victims of the damaging health consequences of obesity. One out of every eight deaths in America is caused by an illness directly related to obesity. Research has clearly documented the harmful health effects of excess body weight, which increases risk for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, hip and knee arthritis, low-back pain and depression.


Read the Position Statement

Nutrisystem Research Grant

 The Obesity Society Announces a Request for Proposals in Application for a Grant Sponsored by Nutrisystem, Inc.  


Nutrisystem, Inc. is pleased to announce its second annual grant opportunity through The Obesity Society, for investigators interested in performing a clinical study using one of its weight management programs. 


Applicants are asked to prepare a one-page letter of intent cover page; describe the scientific project, including AIMS and hypotheses, a maximum of one page on institutional letterhead; and to prepare an NIH-style Biosketch (4 pages maximum) of the principle investigator only.


Successful applicants selected by the Scientific Review Committee, will be announced by July 15, 2011 and will be invited to submit a proposal of no more than 4 pages (plus references, one page for budget and justification, and biosketch pages) by July 28, 2011


For More Information

Basic Science News Brief: June 2011


Considerations of Studies Aimed at Understanding the Role of the Immune System in Metabolic Disease

by Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, PhD



Immunometabolism is a relatively new field of biomedical inquiry, in which the investigator identifies cellular processes and mechanisms that link the immune system to the etiology and pathogenesis of obesity and insulin resistance. The abundance of commercially available mice that lack various immune cells and immunomodulatory molecules significantly lowers the activation energy required to launch a new project in the field. Although experts in metabolic disease have long known that variables like the lot number of the feed can influence outcomes of metabolic studies in mice, analysis of immunocompromised mice takes such scientifically uninteresting (and often inexplicable) influences to a new level.

Read More on the Role of the Immune System in Metabolic Disease 

This Month In Obesity

June Obesity Cover



Featured articles in Obesity this month include:



Ethnicity Influences Obesity Thresholds for Cardiometabolic Risk



Visceral Vs Liver Fat and Metabolic Syndrome



Cafeteria Diet Model of Inflammatory State



June Highlights


Glycemic Improvements From RYGB not Caused by Weight Loss
This study compares the glucostatic effects of roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding, and a low-calorie diet on diabetic and non-diabetic individuals. It concludes that in diabetic patients, gastric bypass surgery brings about noticeably more improvements than weight loss alone. Read more.



Read these top-cited Obesity Articles from 2009




The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update


One-year Weight Losses in the Look AHEAD Study: Factors Associated With Success


Rational Design of a Combination Medication for the Treatment of Obesity


AACE/TOS/ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Guidelines


Lorcaserin (APD356), a Selective 5-HT2C Agonist, Reduces Body Weight in Obese Men and Women 




TOS and Obesity In The News


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.


Obesity in the News


Shaping up

Study: Fat May Return After Liposuction


People Who Stay Up Late Tend to Eat More, Study Says


Studies From Mayo Clinic Yield New Information About Obesity


How Sweet It Isn't: The Controversy Over High-Fructose Syrup


Allergy Meds Have Slight Obesity Link


Eat High-Protein Breakfast, Eat Less Later

Obesity Society Series: Obesity in North America-Unique National 'Obesity Identities'

 Part 1: Canada 


The Obesity Society serves not only the United States, where we are headquartered, but also encompasses very important constituencies to the north and south (Canada and Mexico). Our colleagues in those countries continue to combat the growing obesity epidemic in earnest just as we do here in the United States.


As you continue reading this article, we ask that you feel free to comment using the email address at the end of this article, so we might draw from our membership some information, resources and ideas regarding the unique challenges faced by those of you working in these regions.


Read more 

Updates From the Department of Health and Human Services


This June, Get Healthy, Stay Healthy 

There's nothing more important than health. It's what allows us to do our jobs, spend time with friends, and watch our children grow old. For America, the health of our citizens is the foundation of our prosperity. Healthy adults are more productive workers. Healthy children are better students. Healthy families can make longer-lasting contributions to their communities.


Read More 


Prevention and Wellness Month

June is Prevention and Wellness Month. Find out how the health reform law is helping Americans stay healthy at HealthCare.gov


Learn more about prevention. 

Find resources for a healthy lifestyle


CDC Updates


Maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active are two ways to live with arthritis and high blood pressure as the following CDC resources make clear. National Arthritis Awareness Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month were held in May.


Facts and Information on Arthritis and High Blood Pressure



Obesity Trends in Adults With Arthritis:Obesity rates are 54% higher among adults with arthritis compared to those without the condition.


May Is High Blood Pressure Education Month: Nearly 68 million people have high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. In the U. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death.




Data and Statistics


Minority Health Surveillance - REACH U.S. 2009: Substantial racial/ethnic health disparities exist in the United States. Although racial/ethnic minorities are growing at a rapid pace, large-scale community-based surveys and surveillance systems designed to monitor the health status of minority populations are limited.


New CDC.gov feature articles on data and statistics topics are now available.





Pre-Conference Events at Obesity 2011

 One-Day Comprehensive Courses for Attendees

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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 Saturday, October 1, 2011, to educate clinicians and allied health professionals in weight management.


The program will include didactic sessions from national leaders in obesity treatment covering practical topics in clinical obesity management from counseling strategies that promote behavior change to the peri-operative management of bariatric surgical patients. Small groups in a "meet-the-professor" format will allow attendees to interact directly with experts and thought leaders in obesity treatment. We hope you will join us for this exciting Annual Meeting companion program.

Steps for Maximizing Study Design in Obesity Prevention Research

This conference will focus on new approaches to the development and implementation of prevention research. Preliminary talk titles are as follows:

  • Don't reinvent the wheel
  • Using systems research to identify intervention targets
  • Leveraging sucess through smart preliminary work

Body and Organ Fat Quantification-Advances in CT and MRI Techniques

This course provides participants with an overview of current and state-of-the-art imaging techniques for body and organ fat quantification. The course will emphasize technical and practical considerations associated with CT and MRI protocols, as well as the imaging analysis and post-processing procedures used to extract quantitative results. The goal is to provide investigators unfamiliar with imaging methods with introductory materials to survey and integrate CT and MRI into their obesity and body-composition studies. 


 For more information view our Advance Program

USDA Unveils the New Food Icon

MyPlate, a Simple Reminder for Healthy Eating


My Plate, a simple circle divided into quadrants that contain fruits, vegetables, protein and grains will replace USDA's food pyramid, which has been around in various forms since 1992. My Plate comes with an accompanying website to assist consumers in understanding what types of food should be on their plate and important nutritional facts.


Learn More about My Plate

Read the Press Release

My Plate on MSNBC


Should Doctors Ever Turn Away Obese Patients? 

A Report That Some Florida Ob-Gyns are Refusing to Treat People More Than 200 Pounds 


In southern Florida, 14 of 105 area ob-gyn practices surveyed by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel either set weight cut-offs for new patients that start at 200 pounds or turn away people whose measurements indicate that they are obese. An adult who has a body mass index of 30 or higher is considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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