May 2011

May 2011
The Obesity Society Newsletter
In This Issue
Obesity 2011 Advance Program Now Available
Obesity 2011 Speaker Highlight Sneak Peek
This Month in Obesity
Bariatric Surgery in the News
Basic Science Newsbrief
Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Obesity Symposium
Preliminary Analysis of Restaurant Response to the First US Toy Giveaway Ordinance Shows Promising Results
NIH Announces New Strategic Plan for Obesity Research
CSPI Introduces "Food Day" Campaign
CDC Report Highlights Lack of Healthy Food Environments for Children
The Obesity Society Awards
TOS Grant Opportunities for 2011
Member Honors
Americans Urged to Upgrade Family Meals and Activities to Reduce Calories Kids Consume
TOS and Obesity in the News
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Dear Colleagues,


Jennifer Love Joy Headshot

It's time to nominate colleagues and obesity professionals for the 2011 TOS Awards. Nominations must be received by May 27th. Awards will be presented at Obesity 2011 in Orlando.


The 2011 grant opportunities have also been announced for this year.  I'm pleased to let you know that the Early-Career Research Grants and the Nutrisystem, Inc. Grant will be available again this year. There are three grants total; two Early-Career Research Grants and one Nutrisystem Grant. All members are encouraged to apply by June 15.


Registration for Obesity 2011 is open and I urge you to view the advance program online and sign up before the early registration deadline and save. The early-bird deadline is June 30, 2011.


 Jennifer Lovejoy Signature


Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD 

President, The Obesity Society



Early Registration Now Open! 


April 8, 2011 -

June 30, 2011

 Early Registration Deadline
Take advantage of the early registration discount. Register Now!

July 1, 2011- September 18, 2011

 Advance Registration Deadline
Last chance to register online before Obesity 2011

September 17, 2011 - October 5, 2011

 On-Site Registration Opens
Register on site Friday September 30 -  October  5, 2011 


Obesity 2011 Advance Program

Now Available!


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

Look to secure the early-bird registration rate and save! Visit The Obesity Society to get the latest news about the meeting.


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Obesity 2011 Sneak Peek: Tracks 1 & 2 Speaker Highlights


Jeffrey Friedman - Keynote Speaker

Session: From Parabiosis to Leptin

             Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Talk: Leptin, Cloning and Beyond


Robert Eckel - Keynote Speaker

Session: Neuronal Lipid Metabolism

             Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Jan Nedergaard - Symposium Speaker

Session: Brown Adipose Tissue

             Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Talk: Metabolic Consequences of Thermogenic Capacity in Brown Fat

Brad Lowell - Symposium Speaker

Session: Cutting-Edge Techniques in Neuroscience 

Talk: DREADD and Optogenetics in the ARC

        Monday, October 03, 2011 at 1:30 PM


Vincent Aguirre - Symposium Speaker

Session: New Findings in Melanocortin Biology

Talk: Melanocortin Action in RYGB

        Wednesday, October 05, 2011 at 9:45 AM


This Month in Obesity



Delayed Gratification and BMI in Preadolescents




Desire to Eat With/Without Obese Eater




BMI and Reduced Prefrontal Blood Flow 







Overweight Associated With Longer Life but Higher Disability

This study of Western Europeans found that overweight people live slightly longer than both normal-weight and obese people. However, the number of years spent living with disability increased with increasing BMI.

Read More.


Cafeteria Diet as a Model of Human Metabolic Syndrome

A cafeteria diet - more representative of an unhealthy Western diet than the traditional lard-based high-fat diet - is shown to better model metabolic syndrome in rodents by inducing symptoms of inflammation, insulin resistance, and obesity.

Read More.


The Beneficial Actions of Molecular Hydrogen

Molecular hydrogen, when ingested by mice, alleviated fatty liver, controlled body weight, and decreased levels of plasma insulin. At the molecular level, it increased expression of the hepatic hormone FGF21 and stimulated energy metabolism.

Read More.


Environmentally-Cued Overeating

Heavier people are more likely to overeat only when in the immediate vicinity of good-tasting foods. This study uses ecological momentary assessment to track an individual's food intake in real-time, which may minimize self-report bias.

Read More.


Sub-Packaging Reduces Consumption

Small packages - 100-calorie bags, for example - do help reduce overeating, especially among the overweight. However, they don't help you realize how much you've been eating.

Read More.


Bariatric Surgery in the News


The International Diabetes Federation recently released a position statement on bariatric surgery. The statement strongly recommends bariatric surgery be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients, to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes. The position paper was presented March 28th at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in New York.


The statement highlights that there is increasing evidence that the health of obese people with type 2 diabetes can substantially benefit from bariatric surgery.  The link below provides the full position statement: 



Review on Physical Activity Guidelines and the Impact of Physical Activity in the Post-Bariatric Patient 


For those who may have missed it, Bariatric Times recently published the following review on physical activity guidelines and the impact of physical activity in the post-bariatric patient

Basic Science Newsbrief: May 2011


Novel Roles for MicroRNAs in Adipogenesis

Gerald V. Denis 


MicroRNAs are an important class of small, non-coding RNAs about 22 nucleotides in length that regulate the expression of many diverse genes. Recent work suggests that deeper investigation of microRNA (miRNA) patterns of expression could be harnessed for therapeutic benefit to reprogram pathogenic transcriptional networks or reverse the worst effects of age, obesity and metabolic dysfunction.


MicroRNAs in Adipogenesis

Children's National Medical Center
Pediatric Obesity Symposium



Wednesday, May 18, 2011 7:30 AM  - 11:30 AM Eastern Time



Town Hall Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC),

1901 Mississippi Ave., SE,

Washington, DC 20020


View Event Summary


Get More Information About the Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Symposium

  Preliminary Analysis of Restaurant Response to the First US Toy Giveaway Ordinance Shows Promising Results




Wondering if the recent and widespread introduction of legislation banning toys from unhealthful children's happy meals will make a difference? New research suggests yes.



A preliminary analysis of restaurant response to the first U.S. toy giveaway ordinance showed improvements in nutritional guidance, toy marketing and distribution, and promotion of healthy meals, beverages, and side items aimed at children in restaurants affected by the ordinance.


Learn More 





NIH Announces New Strategic Plan for Obesity Research


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new strategic plan for obesity research. It encourages diverse scientific investigations and practical solutions to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its health consequences. Research recommendations include discovering key processes that regulate body weight and influence behavior; understanding the factors that contribute to obesity and its consequences; designing and testing new approaches for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; evaluating promising strategies to prevent and treat obesity in real-world settings and diverse populations; and using technology to advance obesity research and improve healthcare delivery.



Video: Perspectives on NIH Science  

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, talks about the importance of obesity research and the Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research. April 6, 2011.


Watch the Video


CSPI Introduces "Food Day" Campaign


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced plans for a new "Food Day" to be commemorated October 24, 2011. Modeled after Earth Day, the campaign will be a celebration of real, healthy food. Food Day will focus on five key priorities: reducing diet-related disease by promoting healthy foods; supporting sustainable farms and cutting subsidies to agribusiness; expanding access to food and alleviating hunger; reforming factory farms to protect animals and the environment; and curbing junk-food marketing to kids. 

CDC Report Highlights Lack of Healthy Food Environments for Children


More Support Needed in Communities


Communities can influence children's diets by ensuring that nutritious, healthy food choices are accessible in their areas.  The 2011 Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report and National Action Guide, newly released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes data about food access, regulations, and policies that may improve childhood obesity.


More Information

Sedentary Behavior, Exercise, Obesity and Health


Does Physical Activity Hold the Key? 

76% of Adults age 20 and older are overweight and/or obese. Data from the most recent (2007-2008) NHANES survey shows that the prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥ 30) among adult men was 32.6% and for adult women, it was 36.2%. The prevalence of severe obesity (obesity class III) was 4.3% and 7.6% respectively. Add to this the number of people who are in the overweight range (BMI > 25) and we now have 73.7% of adults age 20 and over who are overweight and/or obese.


Read More


The Obesity Society Awards: 2011 Call for Nominations 

  Send in Your Nominations by May 27

The Obesity Society's Awards Program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards will be presented at Obesity 2011 in Orlando, FL, October 1-5.
Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

·  Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service

·  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.


Previous Award Recipients


Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced July 2011. 

View descriptions of each award as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination. 

TOS Grant Opportunities for 2011


Letters of Intent Due June 15


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 15, 2011. Grants will be awarded for up to $25,000 each.
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the following grant opportunities:

·         Early-Career Research Grants

·         Nutrisystem, Inc. Research Grants


For a description of each grant, as well as how to apply, click here.

Member Honors

Stephen Cook


TOS has pleasure in announcing that Stephen R. Cook, MD, MPH  was awarded American Heart Association's (AHA) National Science Advocate of the Year Award for his efforts to use his professional experiences to promote AHA public policy goals.


Read More About the Award

AHA Announcement

Dr. Cook's Bio


Dr. Cook also received the the second annual Dr David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award (Junior Faculty):


Read News Story 


Americans Urged to Upgrade Family Meals and Activities to Reduce Calories Kids Consume


Survey Finds Parents Don't Try to Improve Children's Weight Status


Citing new evidence that many parents lack the information to prevent obesity in their children, Shape Up America! and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced a national mobilization to fight childhood obesity by arming parents with the facts and tools to make simple changes - or "upgrades" - in favorite meals and physical activity levels so everyone can reap the benefits of taking in less calories.


Press Release

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


To Lose Weight, Stop Grazing, Eat Protein

Let's Fight Fat With Choice, not Mandates 

Eating More Carbs at Dinner May Help With Weight Loss and Cholesterol Levels, a Study Finds

Diet, Exercise Combination Best Way to Lose Weight

Solving Childhood Obesity With Family Mealtime: It Really Matters

Weight Loss - Back to The Basics

Link Between Brain Molecule and Obesity and Diabetes-Discovered

Video News

Dr. Rebecca Puhl was featured on the Today Show Friday, May 6, 2011 in a discussion about the Georgia Billboard Ad Campaign.


Watch the Video

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