March 2011

March 2011
The Obesity Society Newsletter
In This Issue
Preliminary Program for Obesity 2011 Now Available!
Call for Abstracts: Obesity 2011 Now Open!
TOS Bookstore Now Available!
TOS Job Center Now Available
Global Obesity Rates Have Doubled
This Month in Obesity
Member Center
TOS Fellows Announced
Basic Sciences Newsbrief
TOS Cautions HHS Against Penalizing Employees With Obesity
Childhood Obesity Resource
TOS and Obesity In The News
In the Media...Did you See?
What's New at Obesity 2011
Quick Links

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This month, our thanks go to the Membership Committee for approving the applications of six new TOS fellows (listed below). Congratulations to all!

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has released the Obesity 2011 Preliminary Program. This is a framework schedule based upon the five tracks, your symposia suggestions and some hard work by the committee. You'll be able to see which days and sessions are most relevant to your area of interest and when the abstract and poster sessions will be held. The Advance Program will be available later this month and registration is set to open early April.  Also, don't forget that the abstract submission site is open through March 23rd and we encourage you to get started on submitting your abstracts as soon as possible.

TOS Advocacy Task Force Chair, Ted Kyle, spoke recently at a Worksite Wellness Forum sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHSS), urging employers for fairness and attention to the healthcare needs of employees in wellness programs related to obesity.

There are two new additions to our website: the brand new TOS Bookstore and an updated Job Center. The Bookstore features titles approved by the Ethics Committee and will enable sales of TOS members' publications to benefit the organization. The new Job Center is a more robust offering than we had previously and is built with our partner, Job Target. Members receive a discount on all jobs posted.

At Obesity 2010, several of you will have seen the Childhood Obesity Resource developed by TOS members through a grant from Covidien. We are now able to provide this to members only as a downloadable PDF.

This month, the Basic Science Section brings us the first in an occasional series of newsbriefs.  Madhumita Jagannathan-Bogdan and Barbara
Nicolajczyk discuss Immune Cells at the Interface of Obesity and Insulin Resistance. Enjoy!

Best Regards,


 Jennifer Lovejoy Signature 

Jennifer C. Lovejoy, PhD

President, The Obesity Society


Obesity 2011 Logo Preliminary Program for Obesity 2011 Now Available


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The program is organized around five thematic tracks: 

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


The Advance Program will be available towards the end of March and registration should be open early April 2011. Look to secure the early-bird registration rate and save! Visit The Obesity Society to get the latest news updates about the meeting.


View the Preliminary Program 


Obesity 2011: Call for Abstracts


Now Open!


The abstract submission site for Obesity 2011 is now open! Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as oral presentations or as posters. The Call for Abstracts website will close on March 23, 2011.


Visit to find details on how to submit your abstract.

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New TOS Bookstore Now Open!


The Obesity Society is pleased to announce a new offering through its website. The TOS Bookstore brings readers a knowledgeable list of approved titles and publications published by our members and leading authorities on obesity. The TOS Bookstore showcases the most authoritative publications in the field of obesity and is categorized into the following four areas, with titles arranged in alphabetical order:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • General Obesity
  • Pediatric Obesity

View our bookstore

TOS Job Center Now Available!


The new Job Center,  located through the TOS website, connects you with employment opportunities available exclusively for the obesity community. Special features are available for both job seekers and employers through the TOS Job Center.


Job Seekers

  • Post Resume
  • View Jobs
  • Create a Jobseeker Account
  • Set a Personal Job Alert



  • View Resume
  • Post Job
  • Product/Pricing
  • Create an Employer Account

For more information, go to and click on the Job Center.

Global Obesity Rates Have Doubled


Three new papers recently published in the Lancet have found that the prevalence of obesity around the globe has doubled in the past 30 years. The results show that increased weight, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are a problem everywhere around the world. Low-and-middle income countries, which previously had not experienced these problems to the degree wealthy nations have, are included in these results. The United States had the largest increase and highest rate of body mass index of all countries studied. Read more about the studies on the CNN blog. 


March 2011


Featured Articles in Obesity This Month Include:March 2011 Journal Cover


Reduced brain white matter integrity in obesity



Smoking cessation and visceral fat 



Body weight bias in vehicle purchases 




A Better Alternative to BMI?  


A new way to measure percent body fat - the Body Adiposity Index (BAI) - is introduced and defined in an article published online this week in Obesity.


Using measurements of hip circumference and height, BAI can be used to accurately determine percent adiposity, which could be especially useful in areas of the world where body weight cannot be reliably measured.


Although body mass index has been used as a measure of body fat since the 19th century, it does not reflect true adiposity and cannot be generalized across genders or ethnic groups. In this study, Richard Bergman and colleagues show that BAI measures percent adiposity directly for adult men and women of differing ethnicities, without requiring the use of normalizing equations. The authors developed the index using data from "BetaGene", a Mexican-American population study, and validated it in the "TARA" study of African Americans.


Further research is still required to confirm the applicability of these findings to Caucasians and other ethnic groups and to determine the ability of BAI to predict health outcomes.


Obesity (2011) doi:10.1038/oby.2011.38



Member Center


As a member of The Obesity Society, you have access to our Member Center, home of the Member Directory, access to the journal Obesity, and the ability to renew your membership. This "Member Only" section is dedicated to taking care of your needs. We have created a number of tools designed to help you connect to other Obesity Society members, learn about upcoming events and gain knowlege of section news. Maximize the value of your membership by using this section to get the information you need.


To log in to the Member Center, please visit The Obesity Society website. On the right-hand side is the Member Login button, where you will use your TOS username and password.

New TOS Fellows Announced


The Membership Committee has announced approval of the following applications for TOS Fellowship. Please welcome our newest TOS fellows:


Stephen Cook MD, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

Melissa Laska PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Labros Sidossis PhD, Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch

Michael Rothkopf MD, Director, Metabolic Medicine and Weight Control Center

Alok Gupta MD, Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Cara Ebbeling-Zabilansky PhD, Associate Director, Children's Hospital, Boston





This is the first article submitted by the new Basic Science Section. They aim to present regular articles keeping us all updated on news, discoveries, and events from the science of obesity. Our thanks go to Dr. Barbara Corkey, Chair of the Section for undertaking this and to the authors of the first article, Madhumita Jagannathan-Bogdan and Dr. Barbara Nickolajczyk.




Immune Cells at the Interface of Obesity and Insulin Resistance

Madhumita Jagannathan-Bogdan and Barbara Nikolajczyk


Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) has become one of the fastest growing epidemics in the United States and is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious, sometimes life-threatening complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and blindness. Due to this rapid T2D increase in the population, diabetes-related healthcare costs are skyrocketing. Present treatments for T2D are expensive with detrimental side effects and long-term efficacy only in some individuals. Understanding the pathophysiology of T2D is essential to developing more effective treatments.

Read More  


TOS Cautions HHS Against Penalizing Employees With Obesity


On Thursday, February 24, TOS members spoke at a half-day Incentive-based Worksite Wellness Program Forum sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The forum brought together stakeholders from employers, unions and patient advocacy groups, including TOS Advocacy Task Force Chair, Ted Kyle, to share concerns and discuss ways of implementing worksite wellness regulations related to healthcare reform.


In the forum, Kyle pointed out, "Setting arbitrary BMI goals doesn't work in wellness programs relating to obesity. What's needed is access to effective treatment and a focus on longer-term (longer than six month) outcomes." Employers expressed the need for flexibility in setting up their wellness programs, while advocate groups pushed for a set of standards that would determine what a reasonable use of incentives would entail. HHS hopes to work out ways to strike an effective balance between employer flexibility and employee fairness that will lead to better outcomes and lower healthcare costs.


In a letter released after the forum, TOS, along with 17 other patient advocate groups and unions, including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society--Cancer Action Network and the AFL-CIO, addressed these issues with the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury. The letter urged the administration not to allow employers to implement programs that would lead to discrimination or measures regarded as punitive.


Wellness Letter

Wellness Summary

Inside Health Reform Article 


Childhood_Obesity_ResourceNew Member Benefit:

Childhood Obesity Resource Guide


The Childhood Obesity Resource was made possible through a grant from Covidien. The Obesity Society partnered with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to develop a resource that would provide the basis for a toolkit for Community Health Centers (CHCs) with information on childhood obesity treatment and prevention for providers, patients, families, and community stakeholders. This is the Beta version of the kit that will be used to evaluate its effectiveness in the community and in selected Community Health Centers.


Download Now

Members have exclusive access. Login to download your complete PDF.

Non-members,  Join now to access the complete PDF.


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

Natural Solutions for Inflammation and Weight Gain 

Research: Being single is better for your body 

Does Dating Make you Fat?

Exercise wont prevent obesity in 8 year olds

Research on Obesity Reported by Scientists at University of Brescia

Binge Eaters' Dopamine Levels Spike at Sight, Smell of Food

Thornhill: Boomers have a choice: Grow fatter or older 

Obesity and Diabetes Are a Downside of Human Evolution, Research Suggests

In the Media....Did you See?



Despite clear-cut data demonstrating no efficacy in 14 trials of 600 subjects and a diet that is inadequate, Dr. Oz concluded B HCG needs more study based on the fact that patients said they lost weight (see segment 5)!

Watch the video


The Georgia Children's Healthcare Alliance (GCHA) is trying to do something about the state's childhood obesity record. However, they are doing it with a controversial new media campaign that includes billboards, television, radio ads and shock tactics.

See the campaign 



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What's New at Obesity 2011 



New this year are volunteer opportunities available for students and young investigators, a discounted registration rate for lab techs and research support staff.


The meeting offers a one-day pass for poster authors to attend the meeting on the day of their poster presentation and a one-day pass for those who attend pre-conference sessions.

There are continuing education-credit opportunities available to physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses. 


Registration includes your ticket to the opening reception on Saturday and the exhibit hall grand opening lunch on Sunday. You'll also have the opportunity to join your colleagues for an evening social event on Monday!


Visit  to find all the information you will need as it becomes available.


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