About EASO

Mission: To reduce the burden of unhealthy weight

About: Established in 1986, EASO is a federation of professional membership associations from 32 European countries. It is the voice of the European obesity community, representing scientists, health care practitioners, physicians, public health experts and patients.  EASO is in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and is a founding member of the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.

EASO promotes action through collaboration: in advocacy, communication, education and research.

The Objectives of EASO are:

  • To support the development of a unified evidence-based approach to tackling obesity across disciplines and countries

By coordinating messages, connecting stakeholders and creating opportunities for collaboration

  • To advocate obesity as an urgent and relevant health priority to policymakers, NGOs, research funders, health professionals, media, industry and the public

By scoping the European landscape to identify evidence gaps and galvanising partners in order to close those gaps and develop arguments that impact policy

  • To identify and articulate effective solutions to these stakeholders

By engaging key actors, EASO supports the development of an environment in which policy changes can take place. By providing evidence based resources such as information, toolkits, and collaborative networks, EASO lays the foundation for the policy conversation.

  • To create and support active campaign groups

By identifying national champions, providing training, encouragement and guidance, and coordinating actions via the EASO Patient Council

  • To support our national members

By providing tools and guidance that meet national needs and help establish strong local structures and communities to foster education, research and communication at the national level

  • Provide knowledge, advocacy and training to improve the quality and availability of care

By sharing knowledge across countries and specialties to support the development of best practice, and by working together to provide resources that enable the development of a new generation of advocates, activists, practitioners and researchers

  • Provide a global platform for sharing ideas and developing solutions in the European context

By using established EASO structures (including the ECO, expert and patient networks, website, social media platforms) to leverage and amplify the work of EASO stakeholders

Membership: EASO has 32 member associations representing more than 5000 individuals in Europe.  EASO represents an online community of over 22,500 individuals.

Northern Region: Belgium; Denmark; Finland; Germany; Iceland; Ireland; Netherlands; Norway; Russia; Sweden; United Kingdom.

Middle Region: Austria; Croatia; Czech Republic; France; Georgia; Hungary; Poland; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Switzerland.

Southern Region: Bulgaria; Greece; Israel; Italy; Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia; Montenegro; Portugal; Serbia; Spain; Turkey.

About Us: The Development of EASO

EASO was established in 1986 as an individual membership association and was originally governed by an Executive Committee and Council (General Assembly).  EASO’s founding bylaws stated that the aims of the Association were ‘to encourage and support research in the field of obesity and related fundamental and clinical investigations, the rapid diffusion of acquired knowledge and to facilitate its application.  The membership embraces all those with biomedical and scientific qualifications.  It plans to hold scientific meetings in Europe and study groups as appropriate’.

About Us: A Brief History of EASO

1986:
The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) was established as an individual membership association

1993:                         
EASO was registered as a non-profit organisation in Paris, France

1995:                         
EASO introduced awards for scientific excellence:

  • the Friedrich Wassermann Award for senior scientists demonstrating a long standing contribution to the field
  • the New Investigator Awards for Basic Science, Clinical Research and Public Health – aimed at  rising stars in Europe

1998:                         
The EASO General Council fundamentally amended the EASO bylaws, changing it from an individual member association to a country member association (similar to a federation)

2001:                         
EASO established three scientific Task Forces on

  • Childhood Obesity (COTF)
  • Obesity Management (OMTF)
  • Prevention and Public Health (PPHTF)

2004:
EASO, through its Obesity Management Task Force, published guidelines on ‘Management of Obesity in Adults: Project for European Primary Care’

2005:                         
EASO was registered as a charity in the UK (England & Wales).  The General Council also agreed to divide EASO into three regions (North, Middle, South) and appointed three Regional Vice Presidents to the Executive Committee
                                    
EASO joined the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
EASO established its new Investigators United (NIU) Network

2008:
Obesity Facts, the official organ of EASO, was launched

EASO, through its OMTF and in collaboration with the IFSO European Chapter, published guidelines ‘Interdisciplinary European Guidelines on Surgery of Severe Obesity’

EASO, through its OMTF, published a revision of its guidelines on ‘Management of Obesity in Adults: Project for European Primary Care’

2009:
EASO established its own Administrative Office
EASO established a Scientific Advisory Board
EASO established the Björntorp Symposia Series

2010:
EASO established a Communications and Fundraising Committee (CFC)
EASO conducted its first Strategic Review and developed its 2010–2012 Strategic Plan
EASO, through its COTF, published a ‘practical tips paper’ on the ‘Evaluation of the Overweight/Obese Child – Practical Tips for the Primary Health Care Provider’

2011:
EASO entered into formal relations with the WHO Regional Office for Europe
EASO established a Network of Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs)
EASO established, in collaboration with IFSO-EC, the European Obesity Medico-Surgical Workshop

2012:
EASO organised the ‘European Obesity Research Conference’, hosted by the EU Commission
EASO became a member of the JPI-HDHL Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB)

About US: Why is EASO important?

  • EASO connects the leading obesity specialists in Europe.  As a dynamic and active biomedical association, EASO has strong networks in over 30 countries across Europe and plays a major role in the most relevant European obesity projects
  • EASO delivers education through its Task Forces – which organise educational activities throughout the region and develop scientific guidelines on a number of important topics
  • EASO supports and develops research through its Scientific Advisory Board and via its participation in several EU funded research projects
  • EASO is improves the standard of education and management in Europe through its Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management network, management guidelines, educational courses and scientific exchange programmes
  • EASO informs and collaborates with a range of stakeholders across Europe, including the EU Commission and the WHO Regional Office for Europe,  to improve and emphasise the understanding that overweight and obesity are major European health issues
  • EASO develops the scientists of the future through its Awards for Scientific Excellence and New Investigators United programme
  • EASO engages the patient community via its European Obesity Patient Council

About Us: What does EASO bring to Stakeholders in Europe?

  •  Relevance

EASO is an active Association with a wide network of experts throughout Europe. EASO can provide a direct link between industry and leading researchers, clinicians and cutting edge obesity projects in the region

  •  Credibility

Via its membership, EASO represents over 4000 individuals and over 15000 virtual members in Europe – many are leaders in obesity research and management, and experts in related fields

  • Efficiency

The EASO Secretariat is flexible and able to respond to stakeholders needs – because it is a key partner in many European obesity projects and because it has direct access to Europe’s leading obesity experts

  •  Exposure

EASO offers optimal exposure via its National Member Associations, the EASO website and e-bulletin system (>15,500 users), through collaborations with Key Opinion Leaders and leading New Investigators and via the annual ECO.