News from the obesity society A wide array of domestic and global news stories; news topics include politics / government, business, technology, religion, sports/entertainment, science/nature, and health/lifestyle. Articles that appear in this section may be written in English or other languages, as well.

Dec 16, 2014, 10:30 ET

U.S. Surgeon General Committed to Addressing Obesity

 The United States Senate took long-awaited action to confirm Vivek Murthy, MD, as United States Surgeon General, a step The Obesity Society...

Dec 11, 2014, 12:38 ET

One of the Most Difficult Challenges in Weight Loss is Keeping the Weight Off Over the Long Term

 A new report combining perspectives from a range of obesity experts identifies genetic, epigenetic and neuro-hormonal differences between...

Nov 25, 2014, 15:10 ET
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FDA Ruling Provides Consumers with Calorie Labeling Information to Make Informed Food Choices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules issued today (Nov. 25, 2014) that...

Nov 07, 2014, 12:00 ET

Study Shows Employees Offered Financial Incentives Were 33 Times More Likely to Participate in Wellness Programs

 New research shows that when employers offered financial incentives, employees were 33 times more likely to participate in telephone health...

Nov 07, 2014, 11:00 ET

The Obesity Society Honors Influential Public Figures for Supporting the Field with Inaugural Presidential Medals

 The Obesity Society (TOS) outgoing president, Steven Smith, MD, presented the first-ever presidential medals to influential public figures...

Nov 06, 2014, 11:00 ET

Study Suggests the Human Body Cannot be Trained to Maintain a Higher Metabolism

 New research suggests that high- and normal- protein diets are tied to higher metabolism and 45% more storage of lean tissue, or muscle mass,...

Nov 05, 2014, 12:00 ET

Research Suggests High-Fat Diets During Pregnancy Could Influence Brain Functioning & Behavior of Children

New research suggests that a high-fat maternal diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding could have significant and lasting detrimental...

Nov 05, 2014, 11:00 ET
Americans' View on Obesity is Changing: Fewer Adults See it as a Personal Problem of Bad Choices

Americans' View on Obesity is Changing: Fewer Adults See it as a Personal Problem of Bad Choices

 New research evaluating the opinions of both the American public and healthcare professionals during the past year finds a shift in perception...

Nov 05, 2014, 10:07 ET

First Long-Term Study on Calorie Labeling Shows Strategy Effective in Reducing Weight Gain by 50%

The first long-term study on the impact of calorie labeling on body weight shows that when used in universities, calorie labeling can reduce weight...

Nov 04, 2014, 13:30 ET
Added Sugar Consumption Increased by 30% Over Three Decades in U.S.

U.S. Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30% Over Three Decades

As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this...

Nov 04, 2014, 12:20 ET

Thinking About the Long-Term Impact of Your Food Choices May Help Control Food Cravings

 New research reinforces the idea that the brain can control eating behavior, and considering the long-term consequences of your food choices...

Nov 04, 2014, 10:00 ET

Study Shows Bicycle-Friendly City Infrastructure in U.S. Significantly Increases Cycling to Work by Residents, Which Can Improve Health of Locals

New research ties bike-friendly infrastructure changes in United States cities to increases in "active commuting" by bike-riding residents, which...

Nov 03, 2014, 09:00 ET
Sixty-five Percent of American Adults are Recommended Behavioral Weight-Loss Treatment, Study Shows

Sixty-five Percent of American Adults are Recommended Behavioral Weight-Loss Treatment, Study Shows

 New research shows that 140 million American adults – about 65 percent – are recommended for behavioral weight-loss treatment,...

Oct 15, 2014, 12:00 ET

The Obesity Society Recognizes Significant Contributions to Obesity Research & Treatment with 2014 Awards and Grants

 Each year The Obesity Society (TOS) promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity through its annual awards and grants...

Oct 01, 2014, 10:00 ET

Latest in Weight Loss Strategies to be Unveiled at Premier International Meeting for Obesity Science & Treatment

 This November, emerging weight loss solutions will be unveiled at ObesityWeek 2014, the premier international meeting designed to present...

Sep 17, 2014, 13:00 ET

The Obesity Society: Reduced Energy Density in Foods Can Create Healthier Food Environment and May Help to Reduce Obesity

 On the heels of new research showing that 16 major food and beverage companies have collectively cut 6.4 trillion calories from U.S. food...

Sep 11, 2014, 10:03 ET
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New FDA-Approved Weight Loss Drug Adds New Tool for Obesity Treatment

As the number of Americans affected by severe obesity continues to rise, equipping our nation's doctors with proven and effective tools to treat...

Aug 21, 2014, 11:44 ET

Unprecedented Level of Research Unveiled in Full Obesity Guidelines Expert Panel Report

The Obesity Society (TOS) took the next step to advance the treatment of obesity by publishing an unprecedented level of obesity research, in print...

Jun 11, 2014, 12:36 ET
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AMA Joins Call for Coverage of Obesity Treatments and Medications

The following statement is attributable to Steven R. Smith, MD, The Obesity Society President: The American Medical Association delegation today...

Jun 05, 2014, 10:04 ET
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The Obesity Society: Workplaces Offer Great Opportunities, Advantages for Employee Health & Wellness

Recognizing the benefits of workplace wellness programs for health, today the Obesity Society (TOS) announces its support for and participation in...