Newsletter Summer 2020

Newsletter Summer 2020

ECOICO 2020 Online 1-4 SEPTEMBER 2020

Our Online Congress programme will have unprecedented global relevance, reach and convenience. Wherever you are in the world, all presentations, discussions and digital content will be available to you throughout the congress and beyond. We will offer live and on-demand scientific sessions, discussion, and interactive e-poster presentations, cutting-edge industry sessions and virtual exhibitions.

All events will be hosted on our new digital platform on the ECO-ICO website, and the congress will be integrated with the ECOICO 2020 app. The online programme and interactive delegate elements will make the virtual ECO-ICO experience informative and engaging; join us!

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Given the continuing impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and resulting restrictions, ASOI, EASO and WOF have transitioned the live ECO-ICO scheduled to take place in Dublin from 1-4 September 2020 to an engaging online event. Full details are available on the website. EASO intends to host the 2023 European Congress on Obesity in Dublin.

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European obesity policy is a priority of EASO.
We look forward to hosting our Europe-wide high level
policy conference in 2021. 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.

EASO publication spotlight:
Obesity and covid-19: The Two Sides of the Coin

Obesity Facts 10 Years

We are pleased to interview the co-chairs of the EASO Obesity Management Task Force (OMTF) on publication of Obesity and COVID-19: The Two Sides of the Coin in Obesity Facts: the European Journal of Obesity.

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EASO EU Policy StatementEASO EU Policy Statement

EASO is pleased to share our new EU Policy Position Statement on obesity in the context of COVID-19 and building more resilient health systems in the future.

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UK ASO Response to Government Obesity Plan

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The United Kingdom EASO Membership Association, UK ASO, has prepared this statement in response to the new government policy.

“The government’s new strategy on obesity is a positive first step but obesity is a complex disease. This requires a multi-level “whole system” approach with upstream policies to support people without exacerbating already widening inequalities or weight stigma.”

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FAMILY IN THE LIVING ROOMUK Government Plans New Policy to Reduce the Impact of Unhealthy Food Advertising

Evidence that excess weight is linked to the severity of coronavirus symptoms and mortality risk finally convinced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act on obesity in the UK.

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EASO Stakeholder Statement on Mission possible interim report of the mission board for cancerEASO Stakeholder Statement on Mission Possible: Interim Report of the Mission Board for Cancer

When the Independent Group of Experts who make up the European Commission’s Cancer Mission Board published their interim report recently, it should have been a very welcome document to the obesity scientific, clinical and patient communities.

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Prevent and Treat Obesity: The UK APPG Top Ten

EASO supports the UK Obesity All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) “top 10” list for inclusion in Government plans to prevent and treat obesity, which includes a whole system approach to addressing this chronic disease. We encourage the UK government to support these measures. It’s time to treat obesity seriously.

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EASO Reaction to Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

The European Commission and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) launched a joint plan of action on Short-term EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks with immediate effect.

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AdipositasTagObesity in Germany

The long winding road to reimbursement for obesity care in Germany.

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German parliament recognises obesity as a diseaseGerman Parliament Recognises Obesity as a Disease

We congratulate our German medical and scientific community and patient organisations on the official recognition of obesity as a chronic disease in Parliament. This was achieved in the context of the new comprehensive German National Diabetes Strategy. In the official statement, obesity is recognised as one of the root causes of diabetes and a call is issued for wider recognition of obesity as a disease.

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COVID-19 Resources

EASO has a key role in disseminating evidence-based
information about the COVID-19 pandemic among our
National Associations and members, clinicians, scientists, research professionals and ECPO patient communities.

The EASO medical and scientific community across Europe is intensively engaged in addressing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our clinicians are working in the front line of care for patients living with obesity within emergency care systems, in coordination with other clinical colleagues across 34 countries. Our scientists are hard at work developing tools and frameworks contributing to psychological support for clinicians and patients, developing and implementing public health strategies, providing guidance and support for whole family assistance, and development and provision of advice for children and teens.

Our role in this crisis is crucial in the dissemination of science-based information and providing common-sense, evidence-based updates, recommendations and guidance via our website and social media.

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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, slide decks, webcasts and standardised course content.

Practical Tips for patients after bariatric surgeryPractical Tips for Patients After Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss maintenance in the longer term is not easy following bariatric surgery, and it helps to have support. EASO is pleased to share this infographic for patients following bariatric surgery, developed by Dr Carly Anna Hughes and Mary O’Kane, in conjunction with Obesity UK Directors Sarah LeBrocq and Ken Clare.

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Discover the Science Rethink Obesity

The Physiological Society logoThe Physiological Society Webinar Series: ‘Physiology of Obesity: Mechanisms to Medicine’

The Physiological Society is offering a 12 week webinar series. These webinars are offered each Tuesday at 2pm BST; all are free to view

Watch the upcoming webinar on 4th AugustBig-Data Approaches to Body Weight and Composition

Registration for future webinars is available through the Physiological Society.

Turkish Association for the Study of Obesity: Virtual COMs SummitTurkish Association for the Study Of Obesity: Virtual Com Summit

We are pleased to announce that TASO, The Turkish Association for the study of Obesity, hosted a virtual National COM Summit with participation from 13 Turkish Centres of Obesity Management on 4 July, 2020.

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Impact of The COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Intake, Appetite and Weight Status: Call for Papers

Are you conducting research in food, appetite and weight status? Consider contributing your research to a special issue of the journal Appetite.

The deadline for submissions to the call for papers is 31st July 2020.

The special edition will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food intake, appetite and weight status.

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

DAG LogoPublication Spotlight: Higher Mast
Cell Accumulation in Human Adipose Tissues Defines Clinically Favorable Obesity Sub-phenotypes

We are pleased to speak with Dr. Assaf Rudich, and Dr. Matthais Blüher, authors of an innovative new publication of interest to the global obesity medical and scientific community. Their work in identifying human obesity sub-types may lead to improvements in clinical management of patients with obesity.

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Individual Certification in Obesity Management

The EASO Certification in Obesity Management recognises individuals who are national and European experts in obesity management.

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EU Projects

EASO acts as a dissemination and communications partner in a number of important EU funded Horizon 2020 research projects, often as WP leader.

PROTEIN project LogoPROTEIN Project
PROTEIN: Research Initiative
Using Ai And Big Data to Promote
Health and Wellbeing

Protein Project Plenary: Meeting Five

The PROTEIN Team is pleased to announce the fifth consortium meeting, which took place virtually over four days beginning 22 June 2020.There was a variety of interesting presentations including real-time demonstrations of project AI tools and gamification elements of the platform.

Learn more about the PROTEIN Project

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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.

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Read the SWEET Project June 2020 Newsletter

EASO MembersEASO Members

EASO National Association members and stakeholders come from a wide range of professions and include clinicians, allied health professionals and scientists working in obesity research and education; opinion leaders, advocacy and patient groups led by ECPO; health focused organisations, national governments, policy makers, representatives of the European institutions and the wider international obesity community.

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