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Pediatric Obesity Section
September 2011
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Welcome to the Pediatric Obesity Section Newsletter!


Obesity 2011, the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, is less than 1 month away!


Mark your calendars! Please join us on Tuesday, October 4 from 12:15-2:15pm for the annual Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting and Bar-Or Lecture.


It is our pleasure to announce Dr. Nancy Butte as the 2011 recipient of the Oded Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Melinda Sothern and Dr. Michael Goran, the Bar-Or Award raises public awareness of pediatric obesity research efforts by formally recognizing significant lifetime contributions of leaders in the field. Dr. Butte, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert in human nutrition and metabolism with a focus on childhood obesity.


Dr. Anthony Comuzzie, Scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and colleague of Dr. Butte's, will make the formal presentation of the award, which will be followed by an address by Dr. Butte. The Bar-Or Lecture is always a highlight of The Obesity Society meeting, and a special benefit for Pediatric Obesity Section members attending our Section meeting!


NOTE: Because our Annual Section Meeting occurs during lunch, we had hoped to provide lunch for our members, as we did last year. However, we were unable to obtain sufficient support to cover the cost, and we thus recommend that you either bring lunch from one of the vendors within the conference center, or purchase a lunch in advance through The Obesity Society which is being offered at a 10% discount due to a generous donation from COSMED, INC. You must order these boxed lunches in advance using the TOS online registration form. The cost is $25, and it is available for up to 125 registrants. Healthy boxed lunches will include seasonal fresh fruit cup and cucumber-tomato salad along with one of the following sandwich options:

  • Turkey (House Roasted ~ Whole Wheat Roll ~ Pepper Mayo)
  • Tuna Salad (Wrap)
  • Vegetarian ~ Grilled Portobello ~ Roasted Peppers ~ Pesto Aioli (Wrap)

Pitchers of water will be available at each table.


To order:

If you have not already registered for Obesity 2011, please visit the Windham-Jade registration site and begin the registration process. Please select your sandwich type and continue through the registration process and add the Pediatric Lunch option to your cart. Complete your registration and print your ticket to claim your lunch at the POS Meeting.


If you have already registered for Obesity 2011, you may modify your reservation by visiting the Windham-Jade registration site and click "modify an existing registration" (you will need your registration Web ID). You may proceed to select your sandwich option and add the lunch to your cart. Please print your ticket to claim your lunch at the POS Meeting.


Orders for the POS healthy boxed lunch must be made online only by Thursday, September 29.


If you choose not to purchase the POS healthy boxed lunch option, Food Court bag lunches are available from 11:30am-1:30pm for purchase for $10 (cash only or room charges only), but no credit cards and will include sandwich, chips, whole fruit, and beverage.


There are numerous exciting oral presentations, posters, symposia and special lectures related to our interests in Pediatric Obesity on the Obesity 2011 Scientific Program. We have culled the program to identify sessions that may be of particular interest to POS members. Please see the list below in this newsletter.


We look forward to seeing you next month in Orlando, FL!


--Ellen Demerath, Chair

On behalf of the POS Leadership

Obesity 2011


If you haven't done so already, there is still time to register for The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting - one of the world's largest gatherings of obesity professionals at all stages of their careers. Obesity 2011 will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, from October 1-5.

The preconference rate will be available until September 16, 2011. You will still be able to register online until September 29, but at the onsite rate starting September 17, 2011. Registration at the Orlando World Center Marriott will begin on site at 3:00pm on Friday, September 30, 2011.


Visit the registration website at :




New to Obesity 2011 - TOS Career Success Program

TOS now offers a mentoring program geared toward Scientific Development, Leadership Development, and Career Development. The following are included in the mentoring program: Breakfast/Lunch With a Mentor, Mentoring Workshop, and a TOS-wide Mentoring Reception. Check the Final Program or at the Registration Desk for more details.





Pediatric Obesity-Focused Symposia

There are a number of exciting presentations planned throughout Obesity 2011! A few sessions that may be of particular interest to POS members include:


On Sunday, October 2:

    • 10:15 - 11:45am: Snacking in Youth: Nutritional Boon or Boondoggle
    • 1:45 - 2:45pm: Key Lecture, Child Obesity Prevention: Where Do We Go From Here?
    • 3:00 - 4:30pm: Mother and Child: In Trouble From the Start
    • 4:45 - 6:15pm: Oral Abstract session: Pediatric Intervention Studies


On Monday, October 3:

    • 10:00 - 11:30am: Hypothalamic Development
    • 10:00 - 11:00am: Special Session, IOM Report on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention
    • 1:30 - 3:00pm: Delivering the Bad News: Our Kids and Growth Charts


On Tuesday, October 4:

    • 10:45am - 12:15pm: The Toxic Food Environment Across the Life Course

On Wednesday, October 5:

    • 8:00 - 9:30am: Oral Abstract session, Women and Children

 Please consult the Final Program as times are subject to change.


Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting


POS Section Meeting & Luncheon

Please plan on joining us for the Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 12:15-2:15pm (lunch must be purchased in advance, or may be brought to the meeting from the Food Court.)


2010-2011 Pediatric Obesity Section Council Members:
Chair: Ellen Demerath (10/10 -10/11)
Vice Chair: Alison Field (10/10 -10/11)
Secretary/Treasurer: Denise Wilfley (10/10 -10/11)
Council: Nancy Sherwood (10/09-10/11)
Council: Youfa Wang (10/10-10/12)
Council: Kirsten Davison (10/10-10/12)
Fellow:  Erin Hennessy (10/10 - 10/12)
Past Chair:  Jennifer Fisher (10/10) 
Council Liaison: Alison Field (10/10-10/11)


POS News


Nursing Mothers Suite at TOS!

Members of the Pediatric Obesity Section have been working with TOS staff to secure space to serve as a Nursing Mothers Suite at our annual meeting. This will be the first time this accommodation will be offered and we hope to make it available at future TOS annual meetings.


The Nursing Mothers Suite will be located across from the Sabal Ballroom in Palms Office 2. The door is lockable from the inside. The room will be available Saturday, October 1 - Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00am-8:00pm and Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00am-1:00pm. A "Nursing Mothers Suite" sign will be placed outside the room.





Share Your News and Ideas!

We always want to hear from you! Submit your significant pediatric news items and we'll add them to the POS webpage.  News items may include career awards, new centers, large projects, upcoming conferences, etc.   All items will be reviewed by POS Council prior to posting.  We also look forward to comments, suggestions and ideas for future topics for the next publication of the POS Newsletter. Please send these to Sadie Campbell at

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