EASO Newsletter November 2018

EASO Newsletter November 2018

#ECO2019: Online Abstract Submission, EASO Awards and More!

Many thanks to all who participated in #ECO2018 in Vienna. We’re hard at work on your next European Congress on Obesity #ECO2019, and abstract submission is open. Spread the word within your professional community and contribute to the scientific programme by submitting your abstract. The submission deadline is 28 December 2018.

The following EASO Awards will also be presented at ECO2019:

  • EASO Friedrich Wassermann Award
  • New Investigator Awards in Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research
  • New Investigators United Best Thesis Award
  • EASO Travel Grants and Youth Hostel Accommodation

The deadline for receipt of award applications is Friday 25 January 2019. All interested parties, and especially New Investigators, are encouraged to apply.

We are pleased to announce that EASO has reserved the entire Glasgow Youth Hostel for the duration of our congress, and will offer free accommodation to New Investigators, students and delegates who may need travel support. Accommodation at the Youth Hostel is shared accommodation and is therefore quite suitable if you plan to travel as a group. We encourage colleagues to join the EASO New Investigator Network.

Visit the ECO2019 website to contribute to the scientific programme and to find out more about awards application, travel grants and free youth hostel accommodation.

See you in Glasgow 28 April – 1 May 2019!

EASO COMs Summit 2018

We had an excellent programme at the 2018 COMs Summit which was held on the 7th and 8th of November in Leipzig, Germany.

The EASO COMs are our growing network of 100 accredited European Centres for Obesity Management. The network unites to exchange expertise and experience at the annual Summit. We welcome applicants interested in joining the COMs network to apply to our mentoring scheme.

Learn more about the COMs

EASO COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme

Obesity is recognised as one of Europe’s priority health challenges, however specialised obesity services are not widely available and obesity treatment and care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. The EASO Exchange and Mentoring Programme provides a solution by supporting the establishment of new centres that improve access to and delivery of quality, multi-disciplinary care.

You can apply to the COMs Mentoring Programme

EASO at #ObesityWeek2018

EASO was pleased to join European colleagues in Nashville, Tennessee USA along with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society at #ObesityWeek2018 November 11 through November 15 2018. This preeminent global scientific conference featured100+ sessions, numerous social events, 1,000+ abstracts, 150+ exhibitors and 4,000+ attendees. ObesityWeek continues to bring together world-renowned experts to share innovations and breakthroughs in surgical intervention and obesity treatment and care. We look forward to welcoming our North American colleagues at #ECO2019.

EASO Masterclass: Obesity Advocacy

The EASO Obesity Advocacy Masterclass on 6 November 2018 brought together 28 obesity leaders across a range of disciplines from 15 countries around the world.
“The programme covered core aspects of obesity intervention communication strategy through interactive modules that combined theoretical and practical approaches. These strategies were developed by communication and education experts and opinion leaders in obesity.”

Read the full story

Challenging Obesity Stigma

People living with obesity experience stigma on a daily basis, including in the workplace, in education, in media and even in healthcare settings. The stigma that society attaches to obesity has a significant impact on the lives of people with obesity. What is the hardest part of living with obesity? Watch this video to find out more. We all need to lose the weight of stigma

Obesity Voices

Andreas HerdtEASO Patient Council Member of the Month: Andreas Herdt

“There is a lot of shame and blame going on. Many people tend to believe that persons living with obesity have done that to themselves through a lack of self control, overeating, being lazy etc. – so it’s basically their own fault. In my opinion, this [belief] is the root cause of most of the problem areas we have to deal with, because it serves as a justification for not paying for a treatment, not improving the accessibility to treatments, not putting more money into research and simply not helping in any other possible way…”

Read the full story

MooDFOOD Final Conference: Save the Date!


Date: 3 December 2018
Venue: Museum of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels
Time: 09:30 – 18:30CET


The MooDFOOD project harnessed a multi-centre European consortium with expertise in nutrition, psychology, psychiatry and food-related consumer behaviour to evaluate and test the potential for the prevention and treatment of depression through nutritional strategies. The project included extensive research into the potential of food, nutrients, dietary patterns, nutritional supplements and food-related behaviours in the prevention of depression, including a randomised controlled trial of 1025 participants, behavioural intervention studies, meta-analysis of large prospective cohorts and extensive literature reviews examining the relationship between food and risk of depression.

We invite you to join us for our final interactive workshop and Poster Session in Brussels, announcing MooDFOOD project results so you can explore how you may want to take up the findings and materials in your own constituencies from a policy to practice perspective.

To find out more about the project, visit the MooDFOOD website

World’s First Global Active Cities Launched on World Heart Day

These cities across the world have worked hard to offer all their residents the opportunity to choose active and healthy lifestyles and improve their well-being. Each city has embraced a management model that motivates people at risk of inactivity to take up regular physical activity and sport.

In order to receive the Global Active City label, each city had to pass an independent audit which included a stringent review of local physical activity and sports strategies and working practices.

Learn more about Active Cities and GAC criteria


World’s First Global Active Cities Certified at Olympic Celebration

The world’s first Global Active Cities were honoured at an awards ceremony as part of the opening celebrations for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Lillehammer, Norway; Liverpool, UK; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada were officially certified at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) celebration. Congratulations to all!

Read more

Treating Obesity as a Chronic Disease in Turkey

EASO was pleased to speak with Dr Yumuk, a founding member and the current president of the Turkish Association for the Study of Obesity; he has since 2011 been a member of the executive committee of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and currently sits as the Vice President responsible for the southern region of EASO.

Read the full story

NIU: WHO Europe Internship Placement Opportunities

The European Association for the Study of Obesity is in formal relations with the World Health Organisation. The EASO NIU Network encourages interested colleagues to apply for WHO Europe Internship placements and the Junior Professional Officer Programme. The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) and internship programmes provides professionals at early stages of their careers with practical, multilateral and technical experience. Internships are not paid but JPO participants may be sponsored by your government

For more information please see the WHO website

Spotlight on EASO President Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert

Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, paediatrician, child obesity expert and head of the Obesity Prevention and Care Program Contrepoids, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland, became the new President of the European Association for Study of Obesity (EASO) during ECO2018.

“Obesity and obesity-related diseases place a major strain on healthcare systems, both immediately and in terms of future health concerns. This has an impact not only on individuals but also on society as a whole; this ultimately impacts national economic growth.”

Read the full interview

NOCW 2018: It’s Time to Change the Way We Care about Obesity

National Oesity Care Week took place between October 7th to 13th with each day addressing a specific issue of particular interest to our communities, such as weight bias and bariatric surgery. The final day focused on patient stories. EASO was proud to support these efforts.

Thank you to all who participated and joined us in pledging to take ACTION during NOCW.

To find out more about how you can make a difference in the way we care about Obesity visit official NOCW website.

Report of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity

Sarah Le Brocq, Director, HOOP UK, comments on UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity Report

88% of people with obesity reported having been stigmatised, criticised or abused as a result of their obesity; 94% of people believe that there is not enough understanding about the causes of obesity amongst the public;
42% of people with obesity did not feel comfortable talking to their GP about their obesity.

Read the rest of the report

EASO mdBriefCase Online Obesity KTS Now Available in SpainEASO mdBriefCase Online Obesity KTS Now Available in Spain

Developed in collaboration with the mdBriefCase Group, a leading provider of online education, and Sociedad Española para el Estudio de la Obesidad (SEEDO), “Adult Obesity in Spain” is an accredited continuing professional development program designed for healthcare professionals in Spain.

Access and enrollment are completely free. Registration includes access to the program and additional resources, videos, and publications to use within your practice

EASO Policy Conference for #EOD2018, 2019 Event Announced

In conjunction with European Obesity Day #EOD2018, the 2018 EASO Policy Conference “Obesity Policy in Europe: the need for Education, Treatment and Care” was held in Brussels on 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

The award-winning 2018 event was held will be followed by our 2019 EASO policy conference, to be held on 16 May 2019. More information coming soon!

A full report of the meeting is available on the EOD website

New KTS programme for GPs tailored for the UKNew KTS programme for GPs tailored for the UK

Announcing a new training tool offering CPD credit: Adult Obesity in the UK: Why Can’t My Patient Lose Weight?. This free accredited online program is now available in conjunction with mdBriefCase

EASO supports the position of UK ASO opposing discrimination against people with obesity.

Read the full position statement

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 European Congress on Obesity, where new professionals have an opportunity to meet, interact and share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Register your interest and join the NIU consortium

Obesity Facts 10 Years

We are pleased to announce that volume 11 issue 5 of OBESITY FACTS (OFA) is online and open access

View the issue on the OFA website


We are pleased to share the most recent videos on EU project MooDFOOD. MooDFOOD is a large European consortium exploring the bi-directional relationship between mood, nutrition, and obesity. MooDFOOD videos and information on the final multi-stakeholder workshop on 3 December in Brussels are available to view.

Weight loss maintenance is difficult; the NoHoW project is helping people learn how to do it. NoHoW was pleased to present a well-attended recent symposium Self-regulation and emotion regulation in weight loss maintenance – working toward a consensus: The H2020 NoHoW Project at ECO2018 View the project explainer video, learn more about the project, the symposium and other NoHoW news on the project website

ICO/ECO2020 in Dublin: save the dates

We are delighted to announce the joint 2020 European Congress on Obesity #ECO2020, which will be held in conjunction with the International Congress on Obesity in Dublin, Ireland 17-20 May, 2020.