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.

Apr 08, 2015, 15:45 ET

Research Finds Commercial Diets Effective for Weight Loss, Tied to Better Health

 New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that commercial weight-loss programs can offer significant weight loss after...

Feb 24, 2015, 12:26 ET

New Research Provides First Glimpse of Weight Gain Guidance for Pregnant Women with Obesity

 New research provides the first glimpse of weight-gain guidance for pregnant women with various classes of obesity based on body mass index...

Feb 20, 2015, 13:13 ET

A Broader, Global Approach to Obesity Treatment and Prevention

 A recent Lancet series explores various international efforts to address obesity, and calls for public health and policy approaches to...

Feb 12, 2015, 16:26 ET

Puerto Rican Officials Blame Parents of Children with Obesity, Consider Fines

 In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto Rican officials have proposed a...

Feb 02, 2015, 15:00 ET

TOS: FDA Approves New Drug for Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, under the brand name Vyvanse, to treat moderate...

Jan 16, 2015, 13:53 ET

First Pharmacological Guideline for Obesity Treatment Provides Clinical Roadmap for Anti-Obesity Drug Treatment

The first-ever clinical practice guideline for the drug treatment of obesity offers a new tool for health practitioners looking to the latest...

Jan 15, 2015, 10:32 ET

TOS: FDA Approves First Medical Device for Obesity Treatment Targeting Brain-to-Stomach Signaling

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EnteroMedic's VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro®...

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,...