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Obesity Society Announces Policy Forums in Conjunction with National Conventions

Conyers, Chavez, Rex to Headline Democratic Convention Forum
Huckabee, Barbour, Clegg to Headline Republican Convention Forum

Today, the Obesity Society, the leading professional and scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity, announced details of the policy forums it is hosting in Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul in conjunction with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  The forums, entitled “The Challenge of Obesity for Policy Makers: Recommendations for the Next Administration,” will be co-sponsored by the Universities of Colorado and Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic and George Washington University and will feature roundtable discussions of policymakers at both the national and local levels, in addition to representatives of the Party nominees.

Both forums will be open to the media, delegates and the general public.  The forum at the 2008 Democratic Convention will be held on Monday, August 25th from 8AM until 12:30PM at the Hamilton Building of the Denver Art Museum.  The event will be moderated by Sally Squires, former Washington Post columnist and founder of the Lean Plate Club.   Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Advisor of the Obama for President Campaign, and Karen Kornbluh, Principal Author of the Democratic Platform, will address how an Obama administration would address the issue of obesity and the historic inclusion of obesity in the Democratic platform.

The forum at the 2008 Republican National Convention will be held on September 2nd at 8 AM until 12:30 PM at the historic James L. Hill Research Library in St. Paul, MN.  The event will be moderated by Lesley Stahl of CBS News 60 Minutes.  Former Presidential Candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former RNC Chairman and Governor Haley Barbour (MS), and New Hampshire State Senator Bob Clegg, who will address the St. Paul conference and discuss the strategies they have advocated at the state and national levels to combat the crisis of obesity. 


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Don't miss out on the event of the year for obesity professionals. The Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting is the major forum for increasing knowledge, stimulating research, and promoting better prevention and treatment for those affected by the disease. More than 990 abstracts were submitted for the meeting, which is sure to provide essential educational and networking opportunities.

Corporate-Sponsored Symposia During the 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting

Corporate-Sponsored Symposia are programs that are planned and conducted by the corporate community in conjunction with the 2008 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting. They provide attendees with additional educational/informational opportunities. Program content and product information are not endorsed by The Obesity Society.

Exhibitors Signed Up to Appear at the TOS Annual Scientific Meeting

Find a list of exhibitors who are currently signed up to exhibit at the on the Annual Meeting home page.

Advance Program

The Advance Program provides details of speakers and sessions being planned for the Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Be advised that the agenda and invited speakers are subject to change.

Get full details of the 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society.

CME Programs on Obesity Online

Several slide deck programs launched as CME programs are available on The Obesity Society's Obesity Online education site:

These educational CME activities have been approved for AMA PRA credit.  All CME activities on this site are available free of charge.

Fact or Fiction? Do You Know all the Facts About Obesity?

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Listen to your heart. If you're obese, you could be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Fact or Fiction?

Lack of seatbelt use can be added to the list of risk factors associated with obesity.
Fact or Fiction?

Being overweight has little or no impact on calling in sick to work or school.
Fact or Fiction?

Fact or fiction? Do you know all the facts about obesity? Visit the FACT or FICTION page in the latest issue of Obesity to get the answers to these another common questions about obesity. Test your knowledge and brush up on some important findings in the field.


Weight Bias Task Force Fact Sheet

The Weight Bias Task Force fact sheet, Obesity, Bias, and Stigmatization,  examines the serious and pervasive social consequences of being overweight and obese and addresses five key questions:

  • What is weight stigma?
  • Where does weight stigma occur?
  • What are the consequences of weight stigma?
  • How are children affected by weight stigma?
  • How can weight stigma be reduced?
The Practical Guide
The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults  

This guide was developed in cooperation with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It is based on the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Evidence Report developed by the NHLBI Expert Panel.


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