ObesityWeek Features Hundreds of Innovative Scientific Abstracts

October 6, 2023

For more information, contact Ernie Ballard, ernie.ballard@pbrc.edu, 225-263-2677

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 240 scientific abstracts covering a variety of topics such as anti-obesity medications, body mass index and pediatric obesity will be featured at the 41st Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society’s (TOS) at ObesityWeek 2023. This in-person event will take place Oct. 14–17, 2023 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Innovative scientific research results will be presented in both oral and poster formats. These communications provide notable exposure and recognition for studies and authors, and represent cutting-edge research in obesity prevention and treatment.

“TOS remains strong in its presentations of obesity research and related topics,” said Ursula White, PhD, associate professor of Clinical Science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, La. White is the chair of the TOS Programming Committee. “The abstracts selected for this year encompass the latest advancements on a wide variety of topics, including anti-obesity medications, diagnosis and treatment of obesity, novel behavioral approaches, physical activity, aging, mechanisms and social determinants of obesity, bariatric surgery and pediatric obesity.”

The Society and its program planning committee chairs have selected the following abstracts to highlight at this year’s meeting.

Anti-Obesity Medications:

  • “Exploring Perceptions and Knowledge of Anti-Obesity Medications Amidst Rising Prominence of GLP-1s “ –  Main Presenter: Lauren Broffman, PhD
  • “Use of Weight Loss Promoting Medications and Impairments in Physical Function in Older Adults” – Main Presenter: John Batsis, MD, FTOS
  • “Incomplete Data and Potential Risks of Drugs in People with Obesity” – Main Presenter: Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FTOS
  • “Real-World Effectiveness of Semaglutide 2.4 mg in Patients with and without Depressive Disorders” –  Main Presenter: Aleksandrina Ruseva, PharmD
  • “Association of Insurance Characteristics and Persistence with Anti-Obesity and GLP-1 RA Medications” – Main Presenter: Hamlet Gasoyan, PhD

Body Mass Index:

  • “Positive Co-parenting is Associated with Healthier Home Food Environments and Young Children’s BMI” –  Main Presenter: Carmen Ramos, MS, RDN
  • ”Examining Chronic Disease Risk Markers by Extended BMI Percentiles in US Youths Aged 2–19 Years” –  Main Presenter: Samantha Pierce, MPH
  • “BMI Dx Codes in Patients by Weight Loss Intervention – Cross-Sectional Analysis of Claims Data” – Main Presenter: Noelle Gronroos, PhD, MPH
  • “BMI Category-Specific Waist Circumference Thresholds for Predicting the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes” – Main Presenter: Jang-Won Son, MD, PhD

Pediatric Obesity:

  • “Switching Between Foods at a Meal: A Potentially Obesogenic Behavior in Pre-Adolescent Children” – Main Presenter: Nicholas Neuwald, MS
  • “Incorporating Eating Behaviors Into Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Pediatric Obesity” – Main Presenter: Yashaswini Rajendra Bhat, PhD Student
  • “Associations of Childhood Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Biomarkers with Adolescent PCOS” –  Main Presenter: Rachel Whooten, MD, MPH
  • “A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Clinic-Parks & Recreation Treatment for Children with Obesity” – Main Presenter: Cody Neshteruk, PhD

Other Topics:

  • “Is Migration to The U.S. Associated with Obesity? Insights from A Binational Study of Colombians” – Main Presenter: Carlos Devia, PhD(c)
  • “Associations of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax with Changes in Body Mass Index in Adults” –  Main Presenter: Joshua Petimar, ScD
  • “Social Media Recruitment and Depression Among Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Research Participants” – Main Presenter: Jackson Francis, MPH
  • “Estimated Growth of the Clinical and Economic Burden of Obesity in the U.S. Over the Next 5 Years” – Main Presenter: Mads Faurby, MSc
  • “Synergistic Effect of Multimorbidity of Obesity-Related Comorbidities on Healthcare Costs” – Main Presenter: Gerhardt Pohl, PhD
  • “Sex Differences in Weight Bias Internalization Among Ethnically Diverse Patients with Obesity” – Main Presenter: Marianne Olaniran, DrPH(c), MS, MPH

To view these abstracts or to read others, media representatives can log on to www.obesityweek.org, select the Abstracts tab and research the Read 2023 Abstracts section. Members of the press are advised to check the interactive schedule under the Program tab to see when abstracts will be presented. 

Media representatives interested in covering abstract presentations need to register for ObesityWeek 2023. Registration is free but a press code is needed. To obtain a press registration code, email TOS Director of Communications/Media Relations Chanel Carrington at ccarrington@obesity.org.

All abstracts are embargoed from media coverage until 12 noon (EDT) on Oct. 15, 2023, the first day of ObesityWeek® Scientific Sessions. Learn more about the Society’s Embargo Policy.

For more information, visit www.obesityweek.org.

The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading organization of scientists and health professionals devoted to understanding and reversing the epidemic of obesity and its adverse health, economic and societal effects. Combining the perspective of researchers, clinicians, policymakers and patients, TOS promotes innovative research, education, and evidence-based clinical care to improve the health and well-being of all people with obesity. For more information, visit www.obesityweek.org.


About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with LSU.

The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 480 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel. Pennington Biomedical a state-of-the-art research facility on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge.

For more information, see www.pbrc.edu.

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