Newsletter February 2020

Newsletter February 2020

WORLD OBESITY DAY - 4TH MARCH #WorldObesityDay #ObesityDayEurope @EASOobesity

EASO Joins Global Organisations in Announcing the new World Obesity Day 4th March 2020

Colleagues and friends across Europe and beyond have joined us in previous efforts to support European Obesity Day. In 2020, EASO joins with organisations across the world to support a unified global obesity day.  Please note the change of date!

The new World Obesity Day is a global campaign engaging regional and national campaigns and local activities and events. Organisations around the world will acknowledge our unified efforts on 4th March 2020. Together, we can change the narrative around obesity.

Learn more about World Obesity Day

Save the date – 4th March 2020 – and share the message about the new World Obesity Day.

Save the Date!

EASO Policy Conference

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) invites you to attend our annual conference, held on World Obesity Day.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
10:00 – 17:00
Renaissance Hotel
Brussels, Belgium

This high-level conference focuses on the European obesity epidemic and the crucial role and impact of prevention and treatment.

Chaired by John Bowis, former UK Minister of Health and former MEP and MP, speakers and participants include representatives from the EU Institutions, OECD, WHO, Member States, academia, healthcare professionals, disease and therapeutic associations, and patients.

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Upcoming Events

European and International Congress on Obesity

We invite you to register for #ECOICO2020 – Europe’s leading obesity conference. The discounted early registration deadline is 28th February 2020. Our 2020 congress presents an excellent opportunity to collaborate and learn with the global obesity network across science and practice. See full details on the European and International Congress on Obesity website.

Students and early career professionals are invited to connect with peers across Europe. Please join the EASO New Investigator Network.

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EU Health Collaboration LogoEU Health Summit 4-5th may 2020

This diverse multi-stakeholder EU Health Coalition plans to map a strategy to tackle the health challenges we face in Europe to improve health of patients and citizens.

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EASO Summer School 2019 Gallery – Group Photos
2020 Summer School
Les Pensières At Fondation Mérieux, Annecy, France: 5-9 July 2020

EASO hosts a popular course which provides expert training for trainers across disciplines in the clinical management of obesity, and provides public health and patient perspectives. Last summer we hosted an excellent course in Annecy, France. There are limited funded places for this school in Annecy 5-9 July 2020. Course participation is by application.

Learn more and apply


European policy impacting obesity is a priority of EASO. The policy year culminates in an annual Europe-wide high level policy conference. KOLs in our Public HealthTask Force, Obesity Management Task Force and Childhood Obesity Task Force issue position papers and guidance on key issues in policy that impact obesity.

Clinical Management for Adults living with ObesityClinical Management for Adults Living with Obesity: Guidelines Published in Iceland

EASO is pleased to announce that the first set of clinical guidelines for obesity care have been issued by the Icelandic health directorate. This is a landmark moment for obesity activists and clinicians treating patients living with obesity in Iceland.

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Salzburg Global SeminarSalzburg Global Seminar: Childhood Obesity

EASO is pleased to have been represented by Mario Silva (Portugal) and Louise Tully (Ireland) in the Salzburg Global programme – Halting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Identifying Decisive Interventions in Complex Systems.

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Call or Abstracts

Early Career Researcher Award In Hydration ScienceCall for Abstracts: Early Career Researcher Award in Hydration Science

The Hydration for Health team announces that the call for abstracts for the Hydration for Health Early Career Researcher Award is open until 10th April 2020. Finalist candidates will receive a travel grant to pitch their research at the 12th Hydration for Health Conference on 24th June 2020. Any research related to hydration is welcome.

Learn more and apply

Education and Advocacy

EASO develops high quality education and training resources for clinicians and HCPs working in obesity treatment and care. Educational tools include an open access eTraining platform in multiple languages, guidelines, slides decks, webcasts and standardised course content.

Is Obesity a Choice?

Giles Yeo shares the Haldane Award Lecture at the Royal Institution.

Watch the video.

NOCW2019 Champion - Everyone should have access to their healthcareObesity care week 1-7 March 2020

Obesity Care Week is an annual public awareness effort supported by more than 50 countries worldwide and more than 55 healthcare-focuses organisations.


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Italian Obesity SocietyItalian Obesity Society (Sio) Obesity School

The Italian Obesity Society (Società Italiana dell’Obesità – SIO) is pleased to have launched her inaugural Obesity School this year, providing training, education, networking and collegial support to people in the field. Congratulations to our Italian colleagues on recognition of obesity as a chronic disease.

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Discover the Science – Rethink Obesity

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EASO facilitates and supports research dissemination via participation in research projects,
by creating platforms for research presentations and by convening our Scientific Advisory
Board to address key research questions and develop recommendations.

Professor Jens Christian HolmSuccess in Treatment Against the Odds: The Children’s Obesity Clinic, Holbaek, Denmark

A new study from The Children’s Obesity Clinic in Holbaek, Denmark shows that obesity-related disturbed eating patterns including meal skipping, rapid eating, comfort eating and overeating were not associated with treatment response using the clinic TCOCT protocol.

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Obedis Project:
Important new Guidelines Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of European expert guidelines on a minimal core set of variables to include in randomised, controlled clinical trials of obesity interventions in Obesity Facts, the European Journal of Obesity.  Read the interview with Martine Laville, lead author of the guidelines.

Read additional recent research articles published in Obesity Facts


Dr Gijs GoossensInterview with Dr Gijs Goossens

Dr. Gijs Goossens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. His main research focus is the role of adipose tissue dysfunction in the pathophysiology of obesity-related insulin resistance humans. He recently published high impact research in Obesity Facts, the European Journal of Obesity.

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Interview with Dr. Abd Tahrani

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Past Events

Obesity Update 2020: London

Obesity Update 2020: London

Obesity Update 2020, hosted by the Royal College of Physicians, London on 13th February 2020 presented topics including identification and treatment of eating disorders in obesity, misconceptions around “healthy obesity,” type 2 diabetes in obesity and what the future may hold for bariatric surgery in the NHS.

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PROTEIN project LogoProtein: Research Initiative Using Ai and Big Data to Promote Health and Wellbeing

Learn more about the PROTEIN approach to providing personalised nutrition and physical activity support.

Read the recent project newsletter and visit the PROTEIN Project website.

The role of alternate sweeteners in calorie reduction and diabetes management

The SWEET consortium gathered from 14th-15th January 2020 at the Elm Grove Conference Centre, University of Roehampton, London, read more.

Read more on the SWEET website

No How LogoNoHoW research in weight loss maintenance

Learn more about the NoHoW Project and evidence-based tools for weight loss maintenance.

Read the recent newsletter and visit the NoHoW website


COMs Exchange FlyerCOMs exchange and mentoring programme

The COM’s Exchange and Mentoring Programme will provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and tools required to establish and run new multi-disciplinary treatment centres.

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EASO Certification in Obesity Management

EASO National and European Fellows are certified physicians and HCPs who have undertaken training in a medical specialty relevant to obesity management.

Read more and apply.