Newsletter April 2019

Newsletter April 2019

The 2019 EASO European Congress on Obesity is later this month. Join us for ECO2019 in Glasgow, 28 April - 1 May

The ECO2019 provisional programme is now available. The programme will appeal to professionals working in all areas of obesity research, prevention and treatment. Register via the congress website.

Don’t forget that you may benefit from FREE accommodation at ECO2019. 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 therefore suitable if you plan to travel as a group. Apply for this option via the EASO Awards system.

Visit the ECO2019 website to find out more about Youth Hostel accommodation.

In this section, we are pleased to share the latest EASO news,
announcements and learning opportunities

C3 Obesity Training For Nurses In Primary Care

Obesity Training for Nurses at ECO2019

  • Are you seeing more patients with obesity and obesity associated conditions in your clinical practice?
  • Do you find conversations about obesity challenging?
  • Do you feel equipped to manage people with obesity?

If you are already working with patients with obesity and related complications, including type 2 diabetes, or you simply have an interest in deepening your understanding of this complex disease, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to join C3 Collaborating for Health on Sunday 28 April for a free, CPD accredited training event delivered by leading EASO obesity experts and nurses.

This unique and bespoke event will be held at the European Congress on Obesity 2019 #ECO2019, in Glasgow, Scotland. The training will begin at 8.45am and finish at 12.15pm. Lunch will be provided to delegates and attendance at this half-day training session will grant you complimentary access to the rest of the day’s conference on 28 April 2019. CPD certificates will be provided electronically to delegates after the event.

For more information and registration see the Eventbrite page

Summer School: Train the Trainer - group shotTrain The Trainer Summer School

EASO is pleased to announce that funded places are available for our 2019 Train the Trainer Summer School in Annecy, France, the aim of which is to deliver high level multidisciplinary training in the prevention and management of obesity.

Learn more and apply today

EASO Policy Conference speakers2019 Easo Policy Conference For European Obesity Day

We are pleased to announce the 2019 EASO Policy Conference – “The Social and Economic Impact of Preventing and Treating Obesity,” which will take place on Thursday 16th May at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

The event is being held in conjunction with European Obesity Day (EOD) 2019. The Policy Conference provides a high visibility platform for healthcare providers and organisations, patients and political communities keen to raise awareness of the obesity in Europe.

Registration information and a provisional agenda are available via the #eod2019 website

Learn more and apply today


Obesity is a chronic disease producing an increasingly heavy burden on citizens, health care systems, workforce productivity, cities, and society at large. It should therefore be considered as a top priority, with increased commitments for concerted, coordinated, and specific actions.

Coining the phrase expressing obesity as an Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is of particular relevance and is in line with the EASO proposal to improve the International Classification of Diseases ICD-11 diagnostic criteria for obesity based on three dimensions: etiology, degree of adiposity, and health risks.

Read the full article in Obesity Facts: European Journal of Obesity

Sarah LeBrocq‘Obesity Is A Chronic Disease’

Sarah Lebrocq Speaks out on The UK Royal College of Physicians Announcement

‘In line with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) call for Obesity to be recognised as a disease, I was asked by Sky News to discuss my thoughts on this and to provide some of my own experiences of living with Obesity.’

‘One of the most interesting things about this is that the majority of people, including many Health Care Professionals (HCPs) are not aware that Obesity is already classified as a disease in the UK; despite this classification Obesity is not recognised as a disease. This lack of recognition means that currently HCPs are not mandated to support, and where appropriate provide treatment, to people living with Obesity.

Read the full interview

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.

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

COMs Exchange FlyerEASO 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.

Apply to the COMs mentoring programme

Obesity Facts 10 Years

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of Obesity Facts, volume 12 number 2 2019 is available online and open access

New Investigators United Logo

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

Hydration for Health LogoHydration For Health Conference

Interested in Hydration? EASO is pleased to share a new opportunity for our NIU community. Hydration for Health is looking for creative people who are doing exciting research in hydration.

Six candidates will have the opportunity to pitch their projects during the 11th Hydration for Health Conference on June 26th in Evian, France.

Apply with your CV and an abstract of your work before April 12th 2019.

Discover The Science: Rethink Obesity

Watch this animation encouraging people to see past pre-existing stima and look at Obesity from a scientific perspective

We are pleased to introduce you to EASO leadership and new members of the EASO Patient Council

Jørn Sagen, VP Northern RegionMeet Jørn Sagen, VP Northern Region

EASO recently sat down with Jørn V. Sagen, M.D., Ph.D., Head of department at the Hormone Laboratory, Haukeland University Hospital, and Professor at the Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen.

‘My main research focus at present is aimed at studying brown adipocyte biology and how these cells affect obesity and glucose homeostasis. Our group is also interested in white adipose tissue biology and its role in insulin resistance. Moreover, I am also studying clinical aspects of monogenic diabetes…In one of our recent publications we found that the mice with an absence of the homeobox factor Irx5 were protected against obesity during high-fat feeding, and these animals showed reduced amount of adipose tissue.’

Read the full interview

Nathalie Farpour-LambertSpotlight 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

Konstantin VoynikovMeet New EASO Patient Council Member Konstantin Voynikov

We spoke with new Patient Council member Konstantin Voynikov, a 22 year old student, currently studying law and software engineering. At the moment he is focused on living healthy!

‘Until this year I honestly thought my struggle with obesity was a lost cause and that I would never be able to lose weight and then maintain it. Then I found out about bariatric surgery and I decided to undertake the bariatric procedure. I have combined the surgery with nutritional consultation and a workout plan and everything is falling into place. In only 8 months I have lost 60 kilograms and I’m still going strong and will continue until I reach my goal.’

Read the full interview

Jacqueline BowmanMeet Patient Council Member Jaqueline Bowman-Busato

EASO welcomes Jacqueline, representing Belgium, to the Patient Council

‘My name is Jacqueline Bowman-Busato. I have to consider myself a bit of a World Citizen having been born in Guyana South America, relocated with my mother and two older sisters to London when I was 5 years old. I completed some of my university studies in France and then moved to Brussels in 1996 on the off-chance of finding something “a bit different to do” instead of the legal career charted out for me if I returned to London after my studies in France.’

Learn More About Jacqueline

In this section we share news from
prominent EU projects in which EASO partners

Moodfood Results And Resources Launched

This brief video provides an overview of the MooDFOOD project

EU Protein Project Launch

H2020 PROTEIN project

A new project, led by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) will provide personalized nutrition and physical activity support to consumers.

PROTEIN (PeRsOnalized nutriTion for hEalthy livINg), a three-and-a-half year European Commission Horizon 2020 funded initiative, is supported by a consortium of 20 pan-European technology, research, consumer and industry partners.

This research initiative will develop and supply personalized nutrition and physical ac-tivity support using Artificial Intelligence (AI) information and techniques so that people can make healthier choices based on their unique needs, behaviours and preferences.

Read More Information on PROTEIN

Introducing SWEET

A new EU H2020 funded project, SWEET, has launched in London! SWEET, a European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project, is supported by a consortium of 29 pan-European research, consumer and industry partners, who will develop and review evidence on long term benefits and potential risks involved in switching over to sweeteners and sweetness enhancers (S&SEs) in the context of public health and safety, obesity, and sustainability. EASO is a project communications and dissemination partner.

Learn more about the project and read the project press release

Follow the project on Twitter @SWEET_H2020

ASO 50th Anniversary logo

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

Read the full position statement

2020 European Congress on Obesity #ECO2020ECO/ICO 2020 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.