EASO Newsletter November 2017

EASO Newsletter November 2017

ECO2018: Call for Abstracts

Online abstract submission and registration for #ECO2018 in Vienna are open! Spread the word within your professional community and contribute to the scientific programme of the congress by submitting an abstract. Abstract submission deadline for ECO2018 is Sunday, 7 January 2018. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Visit the ECO2018 website to submit an abstract and register

Proposal to Improve the ICD-11 Diagnostic Criteria for Obesity

A formal proposal by the European Association for the Study of Obesity to improve the ICD-11 diagnostic criteria for obesity has been issued. The recommendation is based on three dimensions: etiology, degree of adiposity and health risk.

Read the full proposal

Building a system of weight management and care in Reykjavik: Erla Sveinsdóttir and Heilsuborg

Founded by a general practitioner and a physipotherapist, Heilsuborg started eight years ago as a small fitness center in Reykjavik. With a clear vision and hard work, Heilsuborg has evolved into a multi-disciplinary centre for the prevention and treatment of lifestyle – related diseases.

Obesity has been a primary focus of Heilsuborg from the beginning; combining support for the body and nourishment for the soul in one location makes it an ideal environment for treating obesity.

Read the full story

Obesity Week 2017, Washington DC

EASO was pleased to attend Obesity Week 2017, held near Washington DC from 30 October – 4 November. The congress 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

Obesity Care Week

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 4 out of ten have never received weight counselling from an HCP.

EASO is proud to be one of almost 50 international organisations supporting the aims and objectives of OCW.

Learn more on the Obesity Care website

EASO supports the position of UK ASO on discriminating against people with obesity.

Read the full position statement

Obesity KTSObesity Knowledge Transfer Series: Free EASO Obesity Resource for Clinicians

We are delighted to announce the expansion of our Obesity Knowledge Transfer Series (Obesity KTS), developed in partnership with mdBriefCase Group – a leading global provider of accredited, online education for healthcare professionals. These resources provide a comprehensive array of online resources, covering a global approach to obesity, tailored to meet the local needs in European countries. Our multilingual obesity KTS resources are available free at the point of access, and are now available in Italian, Norwegian, and Finnish.

Register today!

EASO Leadership Spotlight: Professor Johannes Hebebrand – Vice President of the Northern Region

“As a young person, I was reluctant to make a career as a physician; in particular, I did not want to work over the weekend and to embark on night shifts. So I was open to alternatives. When a colleague of mine suggested I look into human genetics I immediately sensed that this could indeed be an interesting option, although I did not have a serious understanding of research and its implications. I applied to the Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Bonn, was accepted and became a member of a small research team…”

Read Professor Herebrand’s story

CECON 2017: Report from Alexandra Fraisova, EASO Patient Council

“The 6th Central European Congress on Obesity (CECON 2017) was held October 5 to October 7, 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia. I was pleased to represent the EASO Patient Council at the meeting and delivered a talk on using the internet to help with weight loss and weight maintenance.”

Read the full report from Alexandra

World Obesity Day Interview with IDF

In addition to the Lancet study which included research from Jen Baker and examines worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016, EASO executive team and COTF member, EASO president-elect Nathalie Fourpour Lambert was interviewed by colleagues at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on the complexity inherent in rising obesity prevalence and the impact of higher obesity rates on co-morbidities, especially diabetes.

Read the full interview on the IDF website.

#BeActive: Celebrating the European Week of Sport

European Week of Sport was celebrated recently with representation from key European stakeholders across government, civil society, sport, culture and athletics. EASO was represented by Dr. Susanna Lehtinen-Jacks of Finland.

Read the interview with Dr. Lehtinen-Jacks

Become a Part of the EASO New Investigators United Consortium

EASO New Investigators United was established in 2005 and acts as an informal community for new investigators to collaborate on projects and to share experiences and expertise. The NIU initiative combines an online community with an annual event at the ECO, where new investigators have an opportunity to meet, interact and share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Register your interest and join the NIU consortium

DIA ObesityThe 1st International DiaObesity Summit

DiaObesity2017, the first international Diabetes & Obesity Summit, took place 22-24 November, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. The meeting focused on the prevalent and rapid increase in the relationship between two modern epidemics: obesity and Type-2 diabetes and their associated complications.

The Summit commenced with a day long interactive workshop, in which delegates exchanged ideas with other specialists in practicum sessions. This two-day Summit, led by international experts including several from the EASO community, covered the latest research and treatment strategies in conference sessions and satellite symposia.

Learn more about the programme on the DiaObesity website

** ECO2018: Accommodation Scam Alert **

If you are contacted by any other company or agency offering housing for ECO 2018 in Vienna, please note that these companies are not authorised to represent the ECO 2018 in any way, nor do they have access to the officially contracted ECO 2018 room blocks and rates.

For more information visit the conference website

Obesity Facts 10 Years

We are pleased to announce that the current issue of OBESITY FACTS (OFA) is now available online.

View the issue on the OFA website

EASO Education: Addressing Adult Obesity Myths

Many common myths and dogmas undermine the successful management of obesity. In society and within the healthcare system, these myths contribute to a culture in which people are prone to make assumptions about the values or the lifestyles of individuals who have obesity.

mdBriefCase Group has been the trusted source of accredited online continuing professional development (CPD) programs for healthcare practitioners since 2001. Programme registration and participation is completely FREE.

Register today on the mdBriefCase website

Obesity Media Masterclass: Reporting Obesity

EASO is pleased to share videos from our ECO2017 Obesity Media Masterclass in Porto. We were fortunate to have Sarah Boseley, Health Editor of The Guardian share a journalist’s perspective on reporting obesity. She is joined by EASO Patient Council representatives and internationally recognised obesity experts.

View the Media Masterclass


We are pleased to share recent videos on EU project MooDFOOD. MooDFOOD is a large European consortium looking at the relationship between mood, nutrition, and obesity. MooDFOOD symposium videos are available to view on the EASO website

NoHoW hosted a successful symposium at ECO2017 on 18 May 2017 entitled ‘Developing and Designing Evidence Based Digital Tools for Weightloss Maintenance: the H2020 NoHoW Project,’ chaired by NoHoW Coordinator Professor Berit Lilienthal Heitmann and Dr. Marta M. Marques.

Find out more and view the project explainer videos

Credit © World ObesityCities Join Efforts to Help Communities Become More Active and Improve Citizen Health Globally

Cities across the world are being urged to sign up to the Global Active City programme, a new global health and physical activity promotion effort that is proven to increase individual and collective well-being among our increasingly urban populations.

We urge cities across Europe and around the world to sign up! The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) has developed standards, toolkits and training modules to support cities and their leaders to participate.

Find out more on the AWI website

Image Credit © World Obesity