Opportunities, Resources and News – June 2024

Opportunities, Resources and News – June 2024

Thank you for participating in #ECO2024

Volkan Yumuk, MD President, EASO

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the entire EASO team, I want to express our gratitude and thanks for your participation in and contributions to the 2024 European Congress on Obesity in Venice. This year ECO saw a record 3000 delegates join us from 103 countries. We owe the success of the European Congress on Obesity to you.

Thank you to our faculty and speakers, our sponsors and supporters, our fantastic local hosts, organising teams and congress managers, our early career network and our colleagues across the European patient community. Your knowledge, experience, and passion for understanding obesity and improving obesity care have significantly impacted our work. The community benefited from the exceptional scientific program and engaging teaching workshops in the collaborative and welcoming environment that greeted us in Venice.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our gracious Italian hosts Società Italiana ‘Obesità (SIO Italia), and patient organisations ECPO, La Mattina Dopo and Amici Obesi whose work was instrumental in creating a truly memorable congress.

As I undertake my role as president of EASO, I want to reaffirm our focus in the coming years on capacity building across the society, including within our national membership associations and Collaborating Centers for Obesity Management, across our Early Career Network, and through collaboration and engagement with sister societies and related disease areas across the NCD community.

Thinking ahead, initial preparations for the 2025 European Congress on Obesity in Malaga Spain are already underway. Beyond stunning beaches and sunshine, Malaga boasts a walkable city center replete with historical and cultural sites, excellent conference facilities and a vibrant scientific and medical community. We look forward to welcoming you next May!

With best wishes,

Volkan Yumuk, MD
President, EASO


Poster for the EASO Obesity Masterclass at Radisson Blu Beke Hotel in Budapest, Hungary, dated 16-18 September 2024, featuring an image of the cityscape with the Hungarian Parliament building and Chain Bridge.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Obesity Prevention and Management

Application Deadline: 28th June 2024

➡️ Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th September 2024 – Budapest, Hungary

The Masterclass in Obesity is a comprehensive training designed for European health professionals working in obesity prevention and management.

Teaching at the Masterclass will be delivered via lectures, group discussions and workshops. EASO will offer up to 50 places for this prestigious course. There is no registration fee and EASO will provide hotel accommodation and meals for successful applicants. Successful candidates will need to cover their own travel to Budapest.

Learn more and apply here for EASO Masterclass


Professor Volkan Yumuk and Dr. Jennifer L. Baker, both wearing conference badges, smiling and standing together in a room with a pale wall.

On behalf of the European Association for the Study of Obesity Trustees and General Council, we are pleased to announce that Professor Volkan Yumuk, a clinical endocrinologist who lives and practices in Istanbul, has taken up the role of President.

Dr. Jennifer L. Baker is the Head of Research in Lifecourse Epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Copenhagen University Hospital- Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg in Denmark. She becomes president-elect.

Read more here


Press statement of the Venice Declaration 2024 by the European Association for the Study of Obesity, addressing obesity with a focus on equity, affordability, sustainability, and a holistic approach.

The conclusion of ECO2024 saw the launch of an important declaration developed by the co-hosts of the congress, Professor Luca Busetto and Professor Roberto Vettor.

It’s time to change the global obesity narrative: manage obesity as a chronic disease and address disparities for sustainable, equitable health systems.

Read more here


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A minimalist office desk features an open laptop, a notebook, sticky notes, a small potted plant, and an adjustable desk lamp.Study reveals links between absenteeism from work and obesity

Individuals living with overweight or obesity are more likely to be absent from work due to ill health than those with normal weight, Europe-wide study finds.

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Promotional graphic for an online webinar titled "publishing research in obesity journals," scheduled for april 16th from 4-5pm uk/5-6pm paris, organized by easo's early career network.A man and a woman are jogging together on a paved path in a park. They are both smiling as they run, surrounded by green trees and grass.The anti-inflammatory power of aerobic exercise in adults with obesity

Exercise is a natural way to boost the body’s immune system responses to reduce inflammation.
Findings underscore the benefits of a year of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity as per recommended guidelines in reducing the low-grade inflammation of obesity after weight loss.

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A doctor, with a stethoscope around his neck, standing next to a numbered door, smiles while talking to a female patient in a hallway.Study supports lower BMI threshold for obesity in the over 40s

The internationally recognised body-mass index (BMI) cut-off point for obesity may not be appropriate for middle-aged and older men and women (aged 40-80 years), according to research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May).

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An insulin pen with a blue cap removed is placed on a white plate against a light peach background.Semaglutide: 4-years weight loss and cardiovascular benefits

Semaglutide can produce clinically meaningful weight loss and reduce waist size for at least 4 years in adults with overweight or obesity who don’t have diabetes, and delivers cardiovascular benefits irrespective of weight loss.

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A bowl of mealworm powder sits on a light surface next to a pile of whole mealworms.UK survey finds “disgust factor” needs to be overcome if eating insects is to become truly mainstream

UK survey examines consumer attitudes towards and willingness to consume insect-based foods. Only 13% of respondents said they would be willing to regularly consume insects, with younger respondents less willing to give insects a try, as were those with higher sensitivity to food disgust.

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Close-up of the WhatsApp icon on a smartphone screen, showing the green square with a white speech bubble and phone symbol inside, next to other app icons.Could WhatsApp profile pictures help obesity doctors spot patients with body dysmorphia?

Italian study finds evidence of body dysmorphia in profile pictures of people living with obesity.

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A group of children is running and playing outside on a grassy area. One boy is holding a football.Asking adults living with obesity about their childhood weight could help determine mortality risk

UK Biobank study shows that all-cause mortality risk is highest for those who were slim/underweight in childhood before living with obesity as adults.

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An insulin pen with a blue cap removed is placed on a white plate against a light peach background.Is coming off semaglutide slowly the key to preventing weight regain?

New research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May) has explored the benefits of giving personalised doses of semaglutide to patients taking part in a weight loss programme and tapering them off the medication when they reach their target weight.

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A pile of overlapping male (blue) and female (pink) gender symbols, creating a colorful and dense visual pattern.Do sex differences in how adipose tissue responds to insulin explain why type 2 diabetes is more common in men?

New research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May), and published in the International Journal of Obesity, could help explain why type 2 diabetes is more common in men than in women.

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Digital illustration of a stylized, wireframe bicep flexing. Lines and dots connect to outline the shape against a dark blue background.Poor muscle health is common in people living with obesity – and increases the risk of an early death, Swedish study of people in UK finds

New research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May) has found that poor muscle health is associated with a higher risk of an early death in people living with obesity.

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An illustration showing multiple adipose cells (fat cells) with large lipid droplets and small organelles within. Cells are spherical with translucent membranes and a yellowish interior.Individuals with large fat cells tend to lose weight over time, while those with small fat cells gain weight, Swedish study finds

New research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May) suggests that it is possible to predict if someone is going to gain weight based on their size of their fat cells.

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A person holding a black video game controller with a blue light bar.Junk food marketing on videogame live-streaming platforms like Twitch increases purchases and consumption among teens

Food and drink advertisements on videogame livestreaming platforms (VGLSPs) like Twitch are associated with more positive attitudes towards, and purchases and intake of, unhealthy foods that are high in fat, salt and/or sugar (HFSS) like energy drinks among adolescents aged 18 or younger, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May).

Read more here


A woman with glasses and blonde hair, wearing a striped shirt and blazer, sits in a room with a wooden dollhouse and chairs in the background.Professor Antje Körner, winner of the Obesity Prize for Excellence

Watch here as she tells about how her work endeavours to solve the mysteries of childhood obesity and her mission to find those children most at risk of developing obesity.


Four European researchers have been named New Investigator Awardees of the EASO – Novo Nordisk Foundation initiative recognising their work in Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity.

A man in a suit and shirt speaks in front of a plain background. The screen shows video player controls and the EASO logo in the top right corner.Andrew Agbaje – Award for Childhood Obesity

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A woman with glasses and a slight smile appears on a video call in an office setting. The EASO logo is visible in the top right corner.Birgitta van der Kolk – Award for Basic Science

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A man wearing round glasses speaks during a video call. The screen displays video controls at the bottom, and there is a movie poster behind him on the wall.Borja Martinez Tellez – Award for Clinical Research

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A person with glasses and shoulder-length dark hair is speaking in a video. The background is blurred and an EASO logo is visible in the top right corner.Laura Gray – Award for Public Health

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Royal Society publishes 2 part special series on ObesityRoyal Society publishes 2 part special series on ObesityA woman with blonde hair, glasses, and a white knitted top smiles. She wears a lanyard with the text "EASO" printed on it.Congratulations to Rebecca Evans for winning the EASO Early Career Network Best Thesis Award for 2024

Rebecca’s principal research interests lie in understanding the impacts of the food environment on eating behaviour.

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Portrait of a smiling man with a beard and mustache, looking directly at the camera, against a blurred gray background.Simon Birk Kjær Jensen

Runner-up of the Best Thesis Award 2024

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Middle-aged caucasian woman with short blond hair and glasses, smiling at the camera against a plain white background.Kath Williamson

Runner-up of the Best Thesis Award 2024

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A stylized graphic with text overlay reading "the changing nature of family medicine - cultivating the future" over an architectural background.29th WONCA Europe Conference

25-28 Sept. 2024 in Dublin, Ireland

Abstract submission is now open. The Scientific Committee encourages submissions for consideration in the WONCA programme.

Deadline for abstract submission is 30 March

Learn more and register

The logo for the endo bridge.The logo for the endo bridge.EndoBridge 2024

17-20 Oct 2024 in Antalya, Turkiye

Clinical Case Submission Deadline:
23 Aug 2024

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Logo of the European Public Health Conference. It features three green squares with the letters "E," "P," and "H" and the text "EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE" to the right of the squares.European Public Health Conference

12-15 Nov 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal

The theme of the 2024 EPH conference is Sailing the waves of European public health: Exploring a sea of innovation.

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Cover of "Obesity Facts" journal issue, featuring the 31st European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2024) held in Venice from May 12-15, 2024. Logos of Nutrition and Dietetics, EASO, and Karger are present.Read the latest edition of OBESITY FACTS Journal

Obesity Facts 2024, Vol. 17, Suppl. 1

31st European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2024)

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Promotional banner for the 32nd European Congress on Obesity, scheduled for May 11-14, 2025, in Malaga, Spain, featuring cityscape background.

Save the Date

The 32nd European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2025) will take place 11-14 May 2025 in Malaga, Spain – save the dates!

We look forward to hosting you in Malaga!




EASO plays a pivotal role as a dissemination partner and in shaping the strategic direction and policy development within various EU- funded research projects, including Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe initiatives.

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Infographic showcasing seven health organizations: Sophia (predictive health modeling), STAGE (healthy aging), Prevent EU (preventive cancer research), Bio-Streams (childhood obesity), EASO (obesity advocacy), Interact Europe (diet evaluations), and Better4U (diabetes risk reduction).