November 2010

The Obesity Society Newsletter

November 2010
OAC and ASMBS join with TOS in Commenting on NIH Strategic Plan for Obesity Research
Advocacy Forum Ignites Lively Discussion
TOS National Office Is Moving
Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program
AED Travel Scholarship Program: Call For Proposals
Annual Meeting CME
Position Statement Process
Call for Symposia
TOS Members and Obesity in the News
This Month in OBESITY




November 3, 2010:

AADE Webinar: Exploring the Real Reasons of Overeating
Full Details


November 3-4, 2010:

Obesity Summit
Cleveland, Ohio

Full Details


November 6-20, 2010::

Certification Examination for Physician Nutrition Specialists

PSI/Laser Grade Testin-g Centers

 Full Details


November 11-13, 2010:

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery - First Annual Fall Event
Gables-Miami, Florida

Full Details


November 12-14, 2010:

 The Renfrew Center Foundation 20th Annual Conference for Professionals, Feminist Perspectives and Beyond: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future
Philadelphia, PA

 Full Details


November 19-20, 2010:

 Rio International Eating Disorders & Obesity Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Full Details


November 30 - December 3, 2010:

The 5th International Congress on Gender Medicine
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Full Details

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Jennifer LovejoyDear TOS Members and Supporters,

I first became a member of this organization in 1989. I'm proud to say I'm still a member, and an active member, today. I believe in what we do and will continue to support the breadth and depth of our mission to the very best of my ability. 


I am fortunate to have had very good mentors to follow, particularly my fellow Executive Committee and Council colleagues over the years. Thank you all for your guidance, support, and trust. 


We just completed our annual meeting in San Diego. Obesity 2010 was a very successful meeting, especially given the down economic climate.  We had more than 2,000 attendees at the meeting and 863 scientific abstracts, plus around 30 late-breaking abstracts were accepted this year. It was terrific to see everyone there and truly exciting to see all the new developments in obesity science. I want to thank all who attended and all who put the program and the meeting together for a job well done.


Science is our mainstay and I promise to nurture and cultivate it as I take on this new role as President of TOS.  For those of you I don't know, I think it's important to note that, although most of my research in recent years has been clinical trials and population-based studies, earlier in my career I conducted animal studies and did some cell biology research so I feel I have a good sense for the varying needs of our membership.  TOS has grown tremendously since I first joined and is at an interesting phase in its evolution. It is critical that we retain the strength and culture of our basic science and academic roots, while at the same time supporting and growing our membership among healthcare providers of various specialties who work with obese patients.  To this end, I was happy to see the establishment of the Basic Science section at our meeting in San Diego, which will provide both a forum and community for basic scientists with varying research interest going forward.  On the clinical side, I was pleased that we again offered a training program for clinicians prior to the annual meeting, and that Track 5 (our program track for clinician members) was so strong and well-attended.



There are many influences and factors that we need to consider as we move forward. The challenges of FDA review. The heightened awareness we all have in our nation of obesity and childhood obesity especially. The increased advocacy efforts of our society. Our commitment to clinical education through COMP and other programs. I will respect the strategic plan of our society and will ensure that we remain strong, yet mission- and budget-driven. I wish to strengthen our ties with IASO and the international obesity research community, yet reinforce our responsibilities and strengths as the premier North American resource on obesity.



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Jennifer C. Lovejoy, PhD
President, The Obesity Society


OAC and ASMBS Join With TOS to Submit Joint Comments


On October 14, 2010, The Obesity Society (TOS) joined with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) in submitting joint comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding NIH's proposed draft Strategic Plan for Obesity Research. TOS, ASMBS and OAC applauded the recognition by NIH of the critical need to update its 2004 Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research given "the rapid progress in obesity research and the opportunity to capitalize on emerging scientific discoveries."


The three groups also expressed their appreciation that the draft plan highlights both the need for research regarding both prevention and treatment of obesity - "including the comparative effectiveness of interventions delivered in settings such as primary care, specialized treatment centers, schools and community settings" - as understanding what works, as well as what does not, in the area of obesity treatment will be critical.


In closing, TOS encouraged the NIH to reach out to the three organizations on issues in obesity prevention, research and treatment as TOS, ASMBS and OAC members can serve as invaluable resources on the broad spectrum of issues faced by researchers, clinicians and, most importantly, patients.


Comments on NIH Draft

Advocacy Forum Ignites Lively Discussion


Leading obesity researchers and policy advocates held a spirited forum on the future of the rapidly evolving area of obesity advocacy at the opening of the Obesity 2010 conference. TOS, the STOP Obesity Alliance, and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) jointly sponsored the forum.


The key issue at hand for more than a hundred attendees was how to best advocate for sound obesity policy when stakeholders and experts hold such a wide range of views and scientific uncertainty abounds. The views of Dr. Kelly Brownell of Yale's Rudd Center and Dr. George Bray of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center captured the two ends of the spectrum well. According to Brownell, events of the past year - including the newly passed healthcare legislation, the First Lady's focus on childhood obesity, and the CDC's recent declaration that as a "winnable battle" obesity will become key priority for them - have opened an unusual window of opportunity for advocacy. Brownell argued that advocates should take advantage of this window even in the face of scientific uncertainty. The danger of caution, he said, was that scientific experts will be rendered irrelevant in this critical time of rapid policy changes.


Bray, on the other hand, pointed out that experts have a spotty record for predicting breakthroughs. Thus, research is an essential starting point for advocacy. "Well-designed research is essential in all areas, to evaluate our interventions, and to pick up unintended consequences as early as possible," Bray concluded.


Presentations by Amanda Cash (HHS), Christine Ferguson (STOP), Barbara Thompson (OAC), and Geraldine Henchy (Food Research Action Council) laid out a complete picture of the rapidly evolving landscape of obesity policy. The TOS Advocacy Task Force organized the forum and Task Force Chair Ted Kyle moderated the forum. Participants in the forum kept a vigorous discussion going for an hour after the formal presentations. The energy and interest people brought to this forum underscore why TOS is committed  to advocacy for sound obesity policy. And not surprisingly, research is at the center of the dialogue.

Advocacy Forum 2010 Presentations 


Mark Your Calendars for December 1, 2010


The national office and staff are moving to new facilities as of December 1st. However, we're not going far. We'll still be in Silver Spring, Maryland and our phone number and emails remain the same.


Our New Address:

8757 Georgia Avenue

Suite 1320

Silver Spring, MD 20910



 Due Date for Specific Aims: November 15, 2010


The Obesity Society is launching an exiting new program for early career investigators. The Early-Career Grant Review program will allow young investigators to get feedback from established investigators and leaders in the field on the Specific Aims section of a grant proposal.


The Early-Career Investigator Committee has recruited more than 50 senior TOS members who are willing to volunteer their time to this endeavor. Early career investigators eligible to participate include pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, or junior scientists who have held an independent faculty position for no more than five years.


More information about the program can be found online at: The first due date for submission of Specific Aims is November 15, 2010.

Travel Scholarship Programs for 2011 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED)


The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) anticipates funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and supplementary funding from the AED Scholarship Fund to support travel fellowships for students and early-career investigators to attend the AED 2011 ICED in Miami, Florida, April 28 - 30, 2011. 


All fellows will be invited to attend a Research Training Day program on April 27, 2011. Led by internationally renowned faculty, the Research Training Day is open by invitation only. In addition, a subset of the travel fellows will be invited to present their research at a special paper session. This will be the 10th year of the Research Teaching Day program and we will mark the occasion with a special luncheon where many of our former fellowship recipients will return to share their success stories.




The travel stipend will cover the registration fee of the conference and support for air or ground transportation and hotel accommodations. The specific amount of travel support to be offered will be based on the applicant's permissible travel costs. The maximum stipend (including conference registration fee) is US $1,500. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a travel fellowship.



Applications are due on November 7, 2010.







Q. How do I obtain my CME?

A. Go to Under education on the left side navigation, click on "Obesity Online".  Once there, click on the bottom left tab "Annual Meetings".  You will then select Obesity 2010 and submit your CME request.  Your CME statement will be provided once you have filled out the evaluation.  Your login information is your email address you used when registering for the meeting as your username, and your badge number is your password



Q.  How many CME credits is it possible to earn by attending Obesity 2010 and how do I claim them?

A. The Obesity Society offers several types of accreditation and continuing education credits. 
    • Physicians: TOS is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  TOS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • International CME: International Physicians are formally eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. 
    • Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for the PRA
    • Dietitians: Registered Dietitians may earn a maximum of 22.25 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) units toward recertification as part of their individualized Professional Development Portfolio program.  Each dietitian should record the actual time he/she spent in these activities in their Step 4 - Learning Activities Log.
    • Pharmacists: ACCREDITATION STATEMENT - The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing education.  Successful completion of this program qualifies for a maximum of 22.25 contact hours.
    • Nurses: Aspen CME Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Program Committee, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Aspen CME Services designates this activity for 22.25 contact hours.
    • CA Nurses: Aspen CME Services is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP14739, for 22.25 contact hours.
The Obesity Society Council has announced important new procedures for developing Obesity Society position papers, white papers, and statements. The new policy defines two important processes for (1)  Identifying, evaluating and approving position paper topics; and, (2) Reviewing and approving position paper content for distribution.

Please see the attached document for more information.

 Obesity 2011 
Call for Symposia


The Obesity Society will soon be accepting symposia suggestions for the 2011 Annual Meeting. TOS members may submit session topics, speaker names, and lecture titles, for consideration during the 2011 Annual Meeting planning process. All submissions will be sent to the Annual Program Committee for review.


The Call for Symposia website will close on December 1, 2010.


  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.
 TOS and TOS Members in the News 



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