EASO acts to address obesity


EASO promotes action across Europe through collaboration in advocacy, policy development, communication, education and research.

Established in 1986, EASO is a federation of professional membership associations from 36 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

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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.
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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.

To provide a global platform for sharing ideas and developing solutions in the European context.

  • 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.
  • 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.