May 2010

The Obesity Society Newsletter
May 2010
Early-Bird Registration
TOS Advocates for Positive Change
2010 TOS Awards
2010 TOS Grants
"Weighty Matters"
New Media Guidelines and Image Gallery
Children's Fitness Program
TOS Members and Obesity in the News
Obituary: Dr. H. Koopmans
This Month in OBESITY
END NOTE ... From the EVP


Obesity 2010


May 1-5, 2010::
Digestive Disease Week - Turning Science into Medicine
New Orleans, LA
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May 17-19, 2010::
Neonatal & Pediatric Nutrition: Update 2010
San Diego, CA
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May 22, 2010::
European Obesity Day
Brussels, Belgium
Full Details
May 23-27, 2010::
58th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Salt Lake City, Utah
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June 2, 2010::
AADE Webinar: Behavior Change and Motivational Interviewing
Full Details
June 7-25, 2010::
Summer Training in Statistics and Advanced Data Analysis - The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Full Details
June 9-12, 2010::
Canadian Obesity Network's 2nd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting
University of Ottawa,Ontario
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June 9-12, 2010::
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Full Details
June 17-19, 2010::
Harvard's 24th Annual International Conference on Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity
Cambridge, MA
Full Details
June 19-22, 2010::
The Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
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June 21-26, 2010::
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 27th Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV
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June 25-29, 2010::
American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific Sessions
Orlando, FL
Full Details 

ICO 2010

CON Student Meeting 
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Recognizing the Voice of Obese & Overweight Patients
Targeted for MDs, NPs, CNMs, PAs, RNs and Dietitians from family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and women's health settings, this national conference, presented in affiliation with The Obesity Society and the Centers for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), will provide evidence-based, practical information and tools for helping overweight and obese patients lose weight and maintain their weight loss. For details and/or to register contact Contemporary Forums at 800-377-7707 ext. 0 or visit us online at:

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Donna Ryan, MDDear TOS Members and Supporters,
Last month, I was pleased to be invited to New York to serve on a panel hosted by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and the STOP Obesity Alliance. We discussed how the media communicates health and weight issues to the public and how these communication methods can be modified to deliver healthier messaging. In a similar initiative, The Obesity Society has collaborated with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale to release two new resources to aid the media in the creation and delivery of fair, unbiased coverage of obesity and weight-related topics on television, in print and online.
Raising these and similar issues helps us--you--become an important voice in the debate, and, contributes to our advocacy initiatives on behalf of the overweight and obese. Now that healthcare has been passed, it's more important than ever for us to remain vigilant and keep obesity treatment in the picture. The Advocacy Task Force outlines its three-part plan below.

Nominations have now opened for our 2010 TOS Awards. Please take advantage of this program to nominate a worthy colleague. Nominations must be received by May 28th, so mark your calendars and send in your nominations.
Similarly, the 2010 Grants Program has announced the grant opportunities for this year.  In addition to the Early-Career Research Grants, we are delighted to announce new grants: The Nutrisystem, Inc. Research Grants and the GlaxoSmithKline Research Grants.  There are six grants total, two for each category. All members are encouraged to apply by the deadline of June 14.

Registration for Obesity 2010 is open and I encourage you to check out the meeting online and sign up before the early-bird deadline and save.

Donna Ryan Signature
Donna H. Ryan, MD
President, The Obesity Society
Register Now to Receive the Early-Bird rate!
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.
Who Should Attend?
The Scientific and Educational session topics and presentations selected by the members of the Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee are intended to meet the needs of researchers and healthcare professionals who want to be updated on advances in the prevention, treatment, causes, and health consequences of obesity.  This includes physicians (general medicine, internal medicine, family practice, endocrinology, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry), basic and clinical research scientists, dietitians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation/exercise therapists, physical/occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals.
Early-Bird Rate Ends June 30, 2010.
 Keeping Health Care and Obesity in the Picture for Policymakers Is a TOP TOS Priority 
With health care reform "done" in the eyes of many in Congress, several groups are now focusing their efforts toward the regulatory side where a number of key federal agencies are already busy crafting regulations, which will explicitly spell out what reform will mean to millions of Americans.
To ensure that coverage of obesity treatment is not swept under the table, The Obesity Society (TOS) Advocacy Task Force has outlined an aggressive advocacy campaign to remind policymakers that Congress included several provisions designed to expand access to, and coverage of, comprehensive obesity treatments.
First, TOS will initiate "rolling advocacy days," where each month, individual members of TOS' Executive Council and Advocacy Task Force will visit Washington, DC to educate policymakers regarding many of the pillars of health care reform that should benefit the obese patient.
Second, TOS and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) will host a joint policy briefing on Capitol Hill for both federal and state policymakers where both groups will unveil their "Report Card on Reform" - highlighting how the implementation of health care reform is succeeding or "coming up short" at the national and local level.
Third, TOS and OAC will again join forces to kick off National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September 2010 by holding an event to recognize those on Capitol Hill who championed the effort to establish a special month every year to focus on this critical issue.
 Send in Your Nominations by May 28
The Obesity Society's Awards Program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards will be presented at Obesity 2010 in San Diego, CA, October 8-12.
Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:
  • Atkinson-Stern Public Service Award
  • George A. Bray Founders Award
  • Lilly Scientific Achievement Award
  • Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
  • TOPS Research Achievement Award
Self-nominations will not be accepted.  Nominations must be supported by at least two members of The Obesity Society.  Nominees need not be members of The Obesity Society. Click here to see a list of previous award recipients.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced in July 2010. 
Click here for descriptions of each award as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination. 
Letters of Intent Due June 14, 2010
The Obesity Society's Grants Program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity, especially in a time when funding may be difficult to achieve.  Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply by sending in their Letters of Intent by the deadline of June 14, 2010.  
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the following grant opportunities:
  • Early-Career Research Grants
  • Nutrisystem, Inc. Research Grants
  • GlaxoSmithKline Research Grants
A total of six grants, 2 from each listing above, will be awarded for up to $25,000 each. For a description of each grant, as well as how to apply, click here.
 Improving the Way in Which Obesity, Body Image and Eating Disorders Are Presented in the Media
Weighty Matters Panel

In early April, Obesity Society President Dr. Donna Ryan urged prominent health reporters to overcome hurdles for responsibly communicating the connection between health and weight to the public. Dr. Ryan served as a guest panelist at "Weighty Matters," an event hosted by the STOP Obesity Alliance and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). The Obesity Society is a member of the Steering Committee of the STOP Obesity Alliance.
Panelists at the event, held April 2 at Pace University, discussed ways to set higher standards for reporting on the issue. They also focused on the importance of managing chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, the benefits of a 5 to 10 percent weight reduction and the role stigma plays in impeding progress in the fight against both eating disorders and obesity.
The event attracted approximately 100 very-engaged stakeholders, including major obesity and eating disorders associations, former first lady of New York City Matilda Cuomo, and high-level media interest from leading women's books, news websites, blogs and broadcast outlets. 


For more information about the event, visit:

Stop Obesity Alliance

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 New Resources to Aid Journalists, Photo Editors, Bloggers, Advertisers and Other Media Influencers 

Together with the Obesity Society, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale has created a new set of comprehensive media guidelines to assist content creators in the portrayal of overweight and obese persons and to help ensure that stigmatizing and pejorative portrayals of overweight and obese persons are avoided in journalistic media, entertainment and ads.

Dr. Rebecca Puhl, TOS Weight Bias Task Force Chair and director of research and weight stigma initiatives at the Rudd Center, shares "The media is an important and influential source of information about obesity, and shapes the public's attitudes in important ways".
As part of this initiative, the Rudd Center has also launched a free image gallery. The current collection consists of more than 150 professional photographs that portray obese individuals in ways that are positive and non-stereotypical; the image gallery is available to anyone with a need for online or print-quality graphics.
Children's Entertainment Troupe And Interactive Live Action Series Combines Comedy, Fun And Fitness To Combat Childhood Obesity
As childhood obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the US, there is one segment of the children's population where obesity is successfully addressed head-on each and every day - the more than one million kids who have made MY GYM Children's Fitness Center a regular destination.
MY GYM Children's Fitness Center has launched The Activators, a stand-alone entertainment brand comprised of four My Gym teachers who sing and dance to original music, while they engage in comedy - and exercise - routines designed to get kids activated with the message that fitness is fun. offers downloadable fitness-themed coloring pages, activity pages, and paper crafts. In addition, the website's "Be An Activator!" section allows parents to download an Activator pledge and membership card for their children and receive discounts on Activators merchandise.
  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 are do not constitute an endorsement by The Obesity Society.
 TOS and TOS Members in the News 
Obesity Journal in the News 
HENRY S. KOOPMANS, PhD 1944-2010


 Professor at University of Calgary and Long-Standing TOS Member
Henry S. Koopmans died on April 17, 2010 at age 66. He had retired as Professor at the University of Calgary in 2009 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Koopmans obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Harvard University and his PhD in Physiological Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Anthony Deutsch. He was an associate professor at Columbia University, New York from 1973 to 1983 and a full professor at the University of Calgary from 1983 to 2009.
Dr. Koopmans' research focused on the role of the gastrointestinal system in the control of energy balance and obesity. He was an innovative researcher and master surgeon perhaps best known for his parabiotic cross-intestine preparation.  Dr. Koopmans and his co-workers also pioneered the study of the effects of gastrointestinal (GI) bypass surgery on the feeding behavior of obese animals. His most-recent research investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors on energy regulation. 
Dr. Koopmans was very active in the Obesity Society and organized that society's 1988 meeting in Banff. At the end of each of the meeting, he conducted a three day tour of the mountains for visiting scientists.
Dr. Koopmans will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues around the world. Tributes may be made to the Henry Koopmans Scholarship Fund or to the Koopmans Family Research Fund for Obesity Research (mailed to Pam Fawcett, Director of Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N1).
--Anthony Sclafani, PhD


Featured Articles in Obesity This Month Include:
Francesca Dea END NOTE ... FROM THE EVP
Take Advantage of Your Membership
Throughout the year, The Obesity Society (TOS) offers member benefits that support you in your career - from educational opportunities to a free subscription to Obesity to an advocacy voice.  While all benefits are available, you need to become active in order to enjoy some of them.  Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of TOS membership.  Here are four things I urge you to do:
  1. Register now for Obesity 2010, 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, and save $250 as a member of TOS.  Learn more about the annual meeting at 
  2. Apply for any of the six research grants of $25,000, each available ONLY to TOS members.  Information about the grants is available here. The deadline is June 14th. 
  3. Nominate a colleague for one of TOS' many awards that recognize leaders in the obesity profession (nominations must be supported by at least two TOS members).  Read about the awards at: The deadline is May 28th.
  4. Get involved in TOS leadership.  A call for committee volunteers will go out during the summer with a list of available vacancies for all interested TOS members.  Submit your name and interests to be considered for a committee appointment.
We hope you will get the most out of your membership starting today and throughout the rest of the year.
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Francesca Dea, CAE
Executive Vice President, The Obesity Society
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