Bariatric Times

SEP 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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25 News and Trends Bariatric Times • September 2017 n ational health crisis affecting more than 93 million Americans nationwide. It also is associated with a myriad of obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, s ome cancers, GERD, heart disease, arthritis, and more. Weight bias can have a very harmful impact on individuals affected by obesity. Studies show that weight bias d oes not help anyone address their weight and health. In fact, it actually has the opposite impact. People affected by weight bias often delay important medical appointments. P sychological effects include depression, anxiety and poor body image. From a social and physical aspect, weight bias can lead to social rejection by peers, unhealthy weight c ontrol practices and more. "While we understand Bill Maher's main motivation is to bring comedic light to societal issues, he was severely misguided in his attempt to discuss o besity. Shaming people affected by obesity doesn't encourage them to take better care of their health. It just makes us feel bad and often contributes to more weight gain," said Patricia Nece, JD, OAC Weight Bias Task Force Chair and National Board Member. The OAC is no stranger to taking its weight bias fight public, as the organization has addressed many weight bias issues throughout its existence in the public eye. "If Bill Maher wants to get serious about obesity and have a real conversation, the OAC would welcome the opportunity to educate him so that next time he uses his media platform to discuss it, it's a constructive discussion," said Nadglowski. Obesity Action Coalition's 6TH Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention Educates, Advocates and Celebrates Health TAMPA, Florida—New Orleans was host to the Obesity Action Coalition's (OAC) 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention. The OAC welcomed upwards of 550 registrants to YWM2017, providing individuals eager to learn more about weight management strategies the opportunity to learn from the country's foremost experts on weight, health, nutrition, weight bias and more. More than 50 educational topics were presented at YWM2017 by the industry's leading thought leaders, including Scott Kahan, MD, MPH; Robert Kushner, MD; Christopher Gardner, PhD; Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN; and many others. "We were honored to be in the company once again of an impressive line-up of presenters this year. Each year, we strive to enhance our educational program so that attendees receive the latest science-based information to help them in their journey with weight and health," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO. Y WM2017 also gave attendees a first- look at the OAC's emerging Membership Community, designed to connect anyone with a passion and interest in helping to drive change in o besity. Throughout the Convention, attendees had the unique opportunity to take part in new ENGAGE! sessions where they learned more about the OAC Community and most importantly, t hey learned from each other by sharing their personal journeys with obesity. "Each year I always go into Convention wondering what my 'takeaway' will be that year. I can u ndoubtedly say that this year the strong sense of community that organically developed at YWM2017 is my fondest memory, and I look forward to seeing that community grow stronger i n the future because there is much work to be done to help people dealing with obesity," said Michelle Vicari, OAC Vice-chair, Convention Planning Committee Chair. T he OAC was also pleased to honor outstanding OAC members during our 6th Annual OAC Awards Reception. The winners of the OAC 2017 Annual Awards include: OAC Member of the Year – Mary Grisaffi; Chairman's Award – Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN; Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy – Jason Krynicki; Bias Buster of the Year – Pandora Williams, CPT; Community Leader of the Year – Nanette Adams, MEd, LPC. The OAC congratulates all of this year's winners. "We're so thankful for all of our amazing members and congratulate all of the 2017 Annual Award winners. As we look to the future, the OAC has set some very ambitious goals and we know that the strength and hard work of the OAC community is the only way these goals will become a reality," said Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, OAC Chairwoman. YWM2017 would not have been possible without the support of our National Convention Sponsors. The OAC would like to recognize all of the outstanding corporate supporters of YWM2017: Platinum – Novo Nordisk; Silver – Eisai, Novartis, Orexigen; Bronze – Aspire Bariatrics, Bariatric Advantage, Celebrate Vitamins, Ethicon, Geisinger, KVK Tech, Medtronic, Weight Watchers and Why Weight.com. In its sixth year, YWM2017 fortified a strong and passionate community of individuals ready to take the next step and engage in their health, with each other and most importantly – the OAC Community. With more than 35 states and three countries represented, YWM2017 proved to have a global reach encouraging science-based education on weight and health, activism, support, engagement and much more. Don't miss out on this one-of-kind experience and education, and join us for the 7th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention that will take place in Denver at the Marriott City Center on July 19–22, 2018. Learn more at www.YWMConvention.com. A bout The Obesity Action Coalition. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 58,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving t he lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support. GENE THERAPY VIA SKIN COULD TREAT DISEASES SUCH AS OBESITY CHICAGO, Illinois—A University of Chicago-based research team has overcome challenges that have limited gene therapy and demonstrated how t heir novel approach with skin transplantation could enable a wide range of gene-based therapies to treat many human diseases. In a study in the journal Cell Stem C ell, the researchers provide "proof-of- concept." They describe gene-therapy administered through skin transplants to treat two related and extremely common human ailments: Type 2 d iabetes and obesity. "We resolved some technical hurdles and designed a mouse-to-mouse skin transplantation model in animals with intact immune systems," said study author Xiaoyang Wu, assistant professor in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago. "We think this platform has the potential to lead to safe and durable gene therapy in mice and, we hope, in humans, using selected and modified c ells from skin." Beginning in the 1970s, physicians learned how to harvest skin stem cells from a patient with extensive burn wounds, grow them in the laboratory, t hen apply the lab-grown tissue to close and protect a patient's wounds. This approach is now standard. However, the application of skin transplants is better developed in humans than in m ice. "The mouse system is less mature," Wu said. "It took us a few years to optimize our 3-D skin organoid culture system." T his study is the first to show that an engineered skin graft can survive long term in wild-type mice with intact immune systems. "We have a better than 80 percent success rate with skin t ransplantation," Wu said. "This is exciting for us." To read the full release, visit https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/0 8/07/gene-therapy-skin-could-treat- d iseases-such-obesity

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