Obesity Management (OMTF)

Members of the EASO Obesity Management Task Force:

  • Chair: Volkan Yumuk (Turkey)
  • Rachel Batterham (UK)
  • Dror Dicker (Israel)
  • Martin Fried (Czech Republic)
  • Vojtech Hainer (Czech Republic)
  • Hans Hauner (Germany)
  • Michal Holecki (Poland)
  • Lisbeth Mathus-Vliegen (Netherlands)
  • Dragan Micic (Serbia)
  • Gabriela Roman (Romania)
  • Javier Salvador (Spain)
  • Yves Schutz (Switzerland)
  • Hermann Toplak (Austria)
  • Constantine Tsigos (Greece)
  • Roberto Vettor (Italy)

The principal objectives of OMTF are:

  1. To create a network of specialists in obesity management across the EASO member countries.
  2. To continuously monitor the situation in obesity management in the EASO member countries and prepare periodic reports for the EASO, IOTF, EU authorities and the WHO Regional Office for Europe on this topic.
  3. To suggest strategies for the implementation of effective obesity management systems which improve the care of obese patients. One important initiative towards that direction is the definition of criteria for Centres of Excellence (National Centres) for Obesity management.
  4. To prepare European Guidelines on Obesity Management (with different focuses and targets).

EASO OMTF Papers and Guidelines

2003: Report on current status and perspectives in obesity management

2004: Management of Obesity in Adults: Project for European Primary Care

2007: Inter-disciplinary European Guidelines on Surgery of Severe (morbid) Obesity

2008: Management of Obesity in Adults: European Clinical Practice Guidelines

2012Joint statement of the European Association for the Study of Obesity and the European Society of Hypertension: obesity and difficult to treat arterial hypertension

2012: Prevalence, Pathophysiology, Health Consequences and Treatment Options of Obesity in the Elderly: A Guideline

2013Obesity: The Gateway to Ill Health – an EASO Position Statement on a Rising Public Health, Clinical and Scientific Challenge in Europe

2013: EASO IFSO-EC Guidelines on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

2014: An EASO Position Statement on Multidisciplinary Obesity Management in Adults

2014: Need for a Paradigm Shift in Adult Overweight and Obesity Management – an EASO Position Statement on a Pressing public Health, Clinical and Scientific Challenge in Europe

EASO Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs)

Obesity is recognised as a global epidemic and the most prevalent metabolic disease world-wide. However, specialised obesity services are not widely available in Europe and obesity care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. In response to this situation, EASO has developed a network of accredited specialised obesity centres, where the quality and efficacy of the care offered to patients are of the highest standards. Under the EASO Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COM) scheme, centres will be accredited in accordance with accepted European and academic guidelines. Our aim is to provide physicians, health-care policy makers and health-care providers with authoritative criteria for the development of Obesity Management Centres across Europe, recognized by national health authorities.  Accreditation will be granted for a three year period, after which time re-assessment will be undertaken.

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EASO Obesity Management Task Force Course: Tbilisi, Georgia

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The Georgian Association for the Study of Obesity and the National Institute of Endocrinology hosted an excellent EASO Obesity Management Task Force (OMTF) course in Tbilisi earlier this month. The organisers made a point of acknowledging that the course highlights European Obesity Day held this year on 21 May, 2016.
243 endocrinologists and bariatric surgeons from the capital city and regions across Georgia participated in the conference. Fourteen industry sponsors supported the course, including pharmaceutical companies and IDS Borjomi mineral water. In addition to pharmaceutical exhibitions, the EASO Healthy Hydration and Misconceptions of Obesity banners were translated and prominently displayed.

Several television journalists interviewed Dr. Ketevan Asatiani, the President of the Georgian Association for the Study of Obesity and invited speakers. The course was attended by many distinguished guests. The Deputy Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Labour welcomed participants to the conference. The president of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, Professor Hermann Toplak welcomed participants to the event.

All aspects of this 21st century public health epidemic were covered in the OMTF sessions. The course included 6 presentations, covering the epidemiology of obesity, clinical evaluation of patients with obesity, lifestyle management tips, pharmacological, therapeutic and bariatric approaches to obesity treatment and post – bariatric patient follow-up. The audience, which included primarily qualified physicians, was highly professional. The group was collegial, interactive, motivated, and enthused to hear presentations from the experts and share professional knowledge and experience in the field of obesity. All were delighted to have Professors Hermann Toplak, Constantine Tsigos, Dragan Micic, Martin Fried, Volkan Yumuk and Assoc. Prof. Ketevan Asatiani as the course speakers.

Contact

Please contact Volkan Yumuk for further information on OMTF activities.