Obesity Week 2017 and National Obesity Care Week

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I had the pleasure of participating in Obesity Week this year, along with other EASO executives and members of the EASO secretariat.

Obesity Week

Obesity Week (OW) is a major international conference held in the USA focusing on basic and clinical sciences, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity, organized by both American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS). Obesity Week 2017, held just outside of Washington DC from 30 October – 4 November  provided an interdisciplinary multi-track schedule including pre-conference courses, oral, poster and video presentations, interdisciplinary research, education sessions and policy discussions, hands-on skills labs, joint keynote speakers and industry-sponsored symposia. Between 4,000 and 5,000 attendees from a variety of backgrounds and countries – across the Americas and beyond participated. You can find the full programme on the Obesity Week website:

In 2005 Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Obesity Society (TOS), the STOP Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) launched National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) with a vision of working to help create a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values evidence-based care.  In the US, a nation where there are 90 million adults living with obesity, fully half of people with obesity report they have never had a conversation about their weight with a healthcare professional (HCP) and four out of 10 have never received weight counselling from an HCP.

EASO is proud to be one of almost 50 international organisations supporting the aims and objectives OCW. Learn more on the Obesity Care Week website.

Volkan Yumuk, Vice President, EASO

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