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WM DPG is pleased to be a Level 2 sponsor for Obesity Week 2014.

Obesity Week 2014 is the 2nd annual collaborative event, which features the Annual Meetings of the  American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) in one location. The two societies have developed the preeminent scientific and educational conference, covering the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy discussions that can impact the quality of life for millions affected by obesity.

Obesity Week and the Weight Management DPG of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, a Level 2 Educational Partner, invite you to attend Obesity Week 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts November 2nd – 7th, 2014.

As part of our alliance, WM DPG members receive the member registration rate; check out the WM DPG website under Professional Development for details to claim the reduced rate.

Read More About Obesity Week 2014

Join the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics an Obesity Week Level 2 Partner for a reception:

Date: Wednesday November 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: The Westin Boston Waterfront, Sauciety Restaurant, Lobby Level

WM DPG/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Partner Session

Session Title:  Weight Management Through the Life Cycle: From Conception to Menopause

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30am

Presenters: Julie Schwartz MS, RDN, CSSD, LD; Jill Castle MS, RDN, LD; Samantha Lalush RD; Jennifer Lovejoy PhD, MA

Course Overview and Target Audience

  • When a Calorie Isn’t a Calorie: Beyond Macronutrients - Julie Schwartz MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
  • Pregnancy: Eating for Two? - Jill Castle MS, RDN, LD
  • Childhood: Sprouting Up Not Out - Samantha Lalush RD
  • From Hormones to Hot-flashes: Weight Control through Menopause - Jennifer Lovejoy PhD, MA

Obesity Week 2014

Dates: November 2-7, 2014
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Important Registration Dates:

  • Registration for Obesity Week 2014 is now open
  • Early registration closes August 15th.

For More Registration Information

Please visit Obesity Week's registration page for detailed information.

For More Information

Please visit Obesity Week's Website for the most complete and detailed information.

Please click on the tabs below for answers to frequently asked questions

What is Obesity Week?

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) have joined our resources to co-locate our respective annual meetings under one roof. We have developed the preeminent annual scientific and educational conference covering the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy discussions that can impact the quality of life for millions who suffer from obesity. Obesity Week participants will benefit from the educational, networking and scientific synergies created through the collaboration of these international obesity organizations. Programming will cover the full interdisciplinary spectrum and feature the world's leading experts in their respective fields. A comprehensive agenda will include:
  • Scientific sessions of both TOS and ASMBS
  • Pre-conference Continuing Education
  • Policy and public health discussions
  • Co-sponsored programming and networking events
  • Industry-sponsored symposia

Why did the two organizations come together?

  • ASMBS and TOS saw an opportunity to provide greater value to attendees by co-locating the two meetings.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from sessions and posters presented by both ASMBS and TOS for a single registration fee As an added bonus content for both meetings will be available to all attendees online following the meeting so you don’t miss anything!
  • Members of both organizations will benefit from expanded networking opportunities and the chance to mingle at shared symposia, in the exhibit hall and at designated events. In addition, both ASMBS and TOS will benefit financially through economies of scale. As a larger meeting we were able to negotiate lower rates and improved services on facilities and meeting related expenses
  • Finally, with a joint exhibit hall, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a broader scope of products and services, and our exhibitors will be pleased to reach a larger audience.

Where will Obesity Week be held?

  • November 2-7, 2014 – Boston Convention & Exhibit Center, Boston, MA
  • November 2-7, 2015 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • October 31-November 5, 2016 – New Orleans, LA
  • Future dates will be released as available

Who should attend Obesity Week?

  • Surgeons
  • Clinicians
  • Policymakers
  • Scientist
  • Integrated Health Professionals
  • Anyone interested in obesity prevention and/or treatment

Will the content of The Obesity Society or ASMBS change?

Each organization will maintain its own Annual Meeting Program Committee and build its own program content as it has in the past. The organizations will each host its own meeting with their respective tracks and speakers. The only difference will be a few jointly sponsored-symposia sessions and keynote speakers, a joint social event and shared exhibit hall. In fact, one benefit will be, with double the number of attendees, we have the ability to come together for an internationally recognized keynote speaker. Poster sessions will all be presented in the exhibit hall but in separate sections.

Will the Integrated Health programming change?

The Integrated Health’s main program will now be part of the Plenary Session. During all of the 3-1⁄2 days there will be a track dedicated to IH educational programs designed by the IH Program Committee. A great advantage of this arrangement is that it provides an opportunity for all disciplines to learn and network together and allows the Integrated Health to benefit from the TOS multidisciplinary programs as well.

What programming will participants be able to attend?

Obesity Week registrants will have the ability to attend any ASMBS or TOS session they choose. There will be no restrictions or additional fees except for fees for pre-session courses, ticketed events, and only members of the respective organization will be able to attend the Annual Business Meeting or Section Meetings for their organization.

Will the social events be separate or together?

The Opening Reception will be a joint event to give everyone a chance to mix and mingle. Other social and ticketed events will remain separate, with some exceptions that allow registrants to purchase tickets to extra events (those decisions are at the discretion of the individual organizations). Lastly, we will come together again on the closing evening of Obesity Week for a fun nighttime After Dark Party.

How will Obesity Week add more value to the participant?

Registrants essentially receive double the value for their money. Granted not all tracks and sessions of the other organization will be appealing but it is an opportunity to learn from a broadest possible perspective in obesity management from leaders in their respective fields at no extra expense. And, should the registrant choose to only stay with their original organization, they can still access materials after the meeting to see if there are areas of interest for the future. Additionally, registrants will be able to network with a broader range of obesity professionals during the two joint social events and learn about a larger number of products and services, with the joint exhibit hall.