Newswise — National Harbor, MD: Thousands of top researchers, clinicians and surgeons from around the world will gather for the fifth annual ObesityWeek conference at The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from Oct. 29–Nov. 2. This weeklong conference will feature notable keynote speakers, hundreds of scientific sessions and thousands of abstracts – all focused on obesity research, medicine and management.

The editorial team of Obesity, the leading peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field, will host the 5th annual Obesity Journal Symposium on October 31 at 10:15am–11:45am.

Obesity Editors have selected five outstanding papers that provide the latest insights into preventing and treating obesity through state-of-the-art research designs. These papers expand our scientific knowledge and facilitate the translation of findings from the lab to the clinic and from the clinic to the community. An author of each winning paper will give a 10-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute discussion. The papers will be featured in a special section of the November 2017 issue of Obesity.


The Obesity Journal Symposium is a premier ObesityWeek event. “The journal is proud to sponsor this prestigious scientific symposium highlighting top papers chosen after a highly competitive selection process. Attendees will learn about important new research spanning basic science to clinical,” said Eric Ravussin, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Obesity and Associate Executive Director of Clinical Science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.


The five presenting authors and winning papers are:


Kristen M Beavers, PhD MPH RD – Effect of Exercise Type during Intentional Weight Loss on Body Composition in Older Adults with Obesity 

Ariana M Chao, PhD NP – Binge Eating and Weight Loss Outcomes in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: 4-Year Results from the Look AHEAD Study 

Claudio Perez Leighton, PhD – The Food Environment, Preference, and Experience Modulate the Effects of Exendin-4 on Food Intake and Reward 

Jennifer C Kerns, MD MSHS – Increased Physical Activity was Associated with Less Weight Regain Six Years After “The Biggest Loser” Competition 

Alaina L Pearce, MA – Effect of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery on the Brain and Cognition: A Pilot Study 

All papers contain new research and are embargoed until October 31, 2017 at 12:01am.


View the full ObesityWeek schedule.


ObesityWeek is open to the media. Press passes are available upon request by emailing Robyn Gordon at [email protected].


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About ObesityWeek

ObesityWeek is a unique, international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. By combining The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) annual meetings, ObesityWeek brings together world-renowned experts in obesity to share innovation and breakthroughs in science unmatched around the globe. Attendees will enjoy the diverse educational opportunities, networking events, and scientific synergies created through the collaboration of these leading obesity organizations. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


About The Obesity Society

The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity. Through research, education and advocacy, TOS is committed to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more about industry relationships here.