NEWS AND NOTES

Published in September/October Issue             

Download the ObesityWeek 2016 Mobile App!

Get all of the ObesityWeek 2016 details with the conference mobile app. With the ObesityWeek 2016 mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, you can:

  • Navigate the Exhibit Hall
  • Find and read abstracts
  • Search the full meeting schedule and create your own
  • Read speaker bios
  • Take notes during sessions
  • And more!

To get started go to the app store on your device and type "ObesityWeek 2016" in the search bar or click here for more details.

Longtime ASMBS Member J. K. Champion MD, FACS Passes

Longtime member of the ASMBS, James Kenneth Champion, MD, FACS, passed away at his home on September 25, 2016. According to Dr. Champion's obituary, published Oct. 6 to Oct 7 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, memorial gifts may be made to the ASMBS Foundation for obesity research, education and access to care.


Obesity Action Coalition Creates Image Gallery of Bias-Free Photos Depicting Individuals with Obesity

The OAC has created a free stock image gallery of pictures representing individuals with obesity that are free of weight bias or stigma. The OAC says people with obesity are “often portrayed in a negative light, with photos focused on uncontrolled eating, headless men and women, shots zoomed in on body parts and other common practices perpetuating bias and stigma around this disease.” In a press release announcing the new gallery, which includes more than 500 photos, Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO, said, “Visual depictions of weight bias are far too common in today’s mass media. The OAC Image Gallery aims to reduce and eradicate the negative portrayal of individuals with obesity by providing better imagery showing individuals with obesity in a variety of settings and activities.” In 2017, the OAC plans to expand the gallery to more than 4,000 images, making it the largest non-commercial bias-free online stock image gallery. Click here to learn more about weight bias and the perception of obesity, or visit the OAC Image Gallery, available here.


5th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention Inspires and Engages

The OAC’s 5th Annual Your Weight Matters (YWM) National Convention hosted more than 600 attendees who learned from leading experts in weight management about how to better manage their weight and health. Presentations at YWM2016 covered more than 50 topics on weight management. During the convention, the OAC also sent more than two dozen members to Capitol Hill and visited 34 legislative offices advocating for a comprehensive approach to care for those with obesity. The 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention will take place in New Orleans on August 10-13, 2017.Learn more at www.YWMConvention.com.