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WM DPG is pleased to be a Level 2 sponsor for Obesity Week 2013.

This year The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) will co-locate their respective annual meetings under one roof for the first time ever!

This preeminent annual scientific and educational conference will cover 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. Together these organizations have 60 years of experience, and this combined expertise is reflected in this most comprehensive educational agenda in obesity research, treatment and prevention.

Read More About Obesity Week 2013

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 13, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM -8:00 PM
Location: Redwood Room, Omni Hotel at CNN Center


Please RSVP to Lisa Sands, WM DPG Manager at lsands@eatright.org by Friday, November 8.

Obesity Week will host a comprehensive program highlighting the following:

  • Two internationally recognized keynote speakers
  • ASMBS and TOS Scientific Sessions will include: Debates, key lectures, keynote speakers, networking/social events, oral presentations, panel discussions, paper and video sessions, poster presentations, partner and organizational symposiums.
  • Four scheduled opportunities for TOS and ASMBS attendees to come together; where there are no competing programming or activities.
  • Seven partnering national and international organizations, with active involvement in the obesity field, will host symposia on topics related to obesity research and treatment.
  • Partnering organizations include, but are not limited to, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the Weight Management Dietary Practice Group of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (WM DPG/Academy), the American Heart Association’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (AHA/NPAM), the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).
  • Joint TOS and ASMBS symposia as well as other co-sponsored symposia
  • Cutting-edge research on the science and treatment of obesity

Please visit the Obesity Week Website for the most comprehensive, up-to-date information.

Obesity Week 2013

Dates: November 11-16, 2013
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Pre-Congress Courses: November 11-12, 2013
Scientific Sessions: November 13-16, 2013

As a Level 2 Obesity Week partner—the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics WM DPG, has scheduled a symposium featuring our own renowned Registered Dietitians.

What and When to Eat – What Works for Obesity Treatment

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 3:00 - 4:30pm

Presenters: Catherine Champagne, PhD, RD, Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, Anne Wolf, RD

Course Overview and Target Audience

  • Macronutrients – Catherine Champagne, PhD, RD
  • Dietary Patterns – Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD
  • Timing of Eating – Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD
  • Case Studies – Anne Wolf, RD

Important Registration Dates

  • Early Bird Registration Ends: August 23
  • Regular Registration Ends: October 18
  • On-Site Registration Begins: October 19
  • Exhibitor Registration: Now Open

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 11-16, 2013 – Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
  • November 3-8, 2014 – Boston Convention & Exhibit Center, Boston, MA
  • November 2-7, 2015 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 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.