1986

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

A couple attend a yoga class 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).

A man with a bicycle on a London street 2001

EASO established three scientific Task Forces.

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

2004

Publishes new guidelines.

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

2005

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.

A female barista serves a customer a coffee 2005

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.

Publishes new guidelines.

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, a Scientific Advisory Board and the Björntorp Symposia Series.

2009

EASO established a Communications and Fundraising Committee (CFC).

First Strategic Review and Plan.

EASO conducted its first Strategic Review and developed its 2010–2012 Strategic Plan.

Publishes new paper.

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’

A female office worker stretches whilst sitting at her desk 2011

EASO entered into formal relations with the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

A Network of Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs) is established.

European Obesity Medico-Surgical Workshop is established, in collaboration with IFSO-EC.

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).