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Weekly news brief from World Obesity







Dear  Secretariat,

Please click here for a copy of the 2017 Action Initiative Roundtable Report.

As a reminder, this year's Roundtable focused on the topic of 'weight bias and stigma'.

We strongly urge all our Member Associations to become Advocates of the Action Initiative if you have not already done so.

To see the prospectus on the Action Initiative please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Roundtable or the Action Initiative, please let me know.

Best wishes,
Heather


Heather Budd
Head of Membership & Finance
World Obesity Federation






Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
March Newsletter
Greetings from World Obesity! This month we have a bumper newsletter featuring:
  • A message about changes to World Obesity from our Executive Director
  • News on World Obesity's relationship with the World Health Organisation
  • Important information on changes to our International Congress on Obesity (ICO)
  • Links to free issues of Clinical Obesity and Pediatric Obesity
  • News on the new CON "Missing the Picture" campaign to combat obesity stigma

Remember to keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity.

Changes to World Obesity Federation
A message from our Executive Director, Chris Trimmer:
As you may be aware, I am moving on from World Obesity Federation (WOF) to take on the role of Executive Director with another international society. It has been a pleasure working with you over the past seven years and I will miss your passion and commitment to improving the lives of people with obesity.

I hope you’ll agree that in recent years we have seen WOF go from strength to strength and I am proud to have led this strategic change. Some of the highlights we have achieved together include:
  • Introducing of World Obesity Day (11th October) which in 2016 reached over 6 million individuals
  • Transforming SCOPE into an interactive, modular online course which to date has seen over 14,000 learners complete modules
  • Leading global policy change through our advocacy activities and continued ‘official relations’ with the WHO
  • Rebranding the organisation from the International Association for the Study of Obesity, to World Obesity Federation
  • Launching the Action Initiative, which now incorporates 50 Advocates (a network of societies and associations) and 10 Champions (companies and other organisations supporting WOF with funds)
  • Developing a global Image Bank, which endeavours to combat weight bias
  • Establishing the Healthy Venue Accreditation programme, which impacts the experiences of millions of people attending conferences every year (two venues have been accredited and five more are currently going through the accreditation process)
  • Substantially developing the data portal on the website where there are up-to-date maps, charts, graphs and intervention information for most of the countries around the world
  • Introducing two new journals, Clinical Obesity and Obesity Science & Practice, to complement the existing stalwarts of WOF, Obesity Reviews and Pediatric Obesity.
  • Working with our Members to produce the WOF position on Obesity as a Disease Process (coming soon!)
During my time at WOF I have been honoured to work with some incredible individuals, including Prof Philip James, Prof Walmir Coutinho, Prof David York, Prof Ian Macdonald, Prof Donna Ryan and Prof Ian Caterson, among others. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the volunteers who give their time and expertise on committees, working groups and task forces.
Fortunately, I leave with the knowledge that WOF is being left in safe hands. Over the next couple of months Dr Tim Lobstein, our Director of Policy, will be filling my role until a permanent replacement is found and I know that the WOF staff will work tirelessly to continue delivering against the strategic goals of World Obesity.

So it is on that note that I must once again say thank you to everyone I have worked with during my time at World Obesity. Without each and every one of you the success and transformation of World Obesity would not have been possible!

I hope that we cross paths once again in the future.

WHO Extends ‘Official Relations’ with WOF to 2020  
In recognition of the global activities and advocacy undertaken by World Obesity, the World Health Organization has awarded ‘official relations’ status to World Obesity for the period 2017-2020. The period will include a schedule of work undertaken by World Obesity to support and promote the WHO’s strategy to improve nutrition and reduce non-communicable diseases, and permits the WHO to consult with World Obesity on specific issues, and to join with World Obesity in hosting events, commissioning reports and undertaking other joint initiatives. Further details from Tim Lobstein (tlobstein@worldobesity.org).
Jointly Host a SCOPE School
World Obesity are calling for National Associations to submit event proposals for a SCOPE School event in your country

SCOPE School is a course accredited by World Obesity's educational programme, SCOPE. If your National Association would be interested in jointly hosting a SCOPE School, download the proposal form and send your application to scopeschool@worldobesity.org.

Find out more on our website.

CON Launch Campaign Against Obesity Stigma
The Canadian Obesity Network (CON) has launched a campaign entitled "Missing the Picture" with the view of combating obesity stigma in the media and promoting fairer imagery of people with obesity. 

The campaign assesses the amount of bias in news stories about obesity based on guidelines developed by the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. You can read the CON press release on the campaign here. CON also offers a free Image Bank featuring non-biased images of obesity, which you can access here.

World Obesity supports all efforts to fight obesity stigma and encourages all media outlets to use fair images such as those offered by CON. You can also use the images available in our own free Image Bank.

If you find stigmatizing imagery on social media, call it out with the #StopObesityStigma hashtag!
Image credit: Canadian Obesity Network
Changes to the International Congress on Obesity
World Obesity is changing the model for the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) to one that directly supports each of the regions of the world.  We plan to continue to rotate our meeting – every two years to a different global region. Where an existing regular regional obesity meeting exists ICO will be run in partnership with this regional meeting. In regions where this does not yet exist WOF will work with regional and national organisations to develop a strong regular regional meeting.

This change is to fulfill the World Obesity strategic aims of Improving environments to promote health; Improving and extending clinical practice and interventions to manage obesity; and Building collaborative partnerships and coalitions across all regions of the world through Leading, supporting and enabling member organisations.

The immediate impact of this change will be that in 2018 there will not be a full ICO. Instead World Obesity is working with FLASO to support their 2018 meeting in Quito, Ecuador. Then in 2020 we will see the first joint meeting between World Obesity and EASO, a very exciting initiative for World Obesity, EASO and all the member organisations.

Research & Information
This month we have a number of updates. We have updates in Scotland & England 2015 on general prevalence with overweight and obesity rates remaining fairly stable in men and women (68% & 58% respectively in England and 67% and 62% in Scotland). Data on prevalence by socioeconomic status in Scotland, and regional data for England by region (2015), are also available as shown here:
We have newly available self-report prevalence in adults from Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia & Slovenia 2014. These are from the EUROSTAT 2014 database. We have created a series of images uploaded in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese (Polish coming soon). These show % Overweight and Obesity in the EU member states by country and age, and by education attainment or income quintile attainment. German examples are shown below.

                    By education:                                                                     By income quintile: 
We have updates available for children living in the United Arab Emirates. In a large regional survey in the UAE (n-27113) 38.3% of girls and 43.1% of boys aged 11-14 were found to be overweight or have obesity.

Finally, we have new Polish child data by age from 2007-9 national survey. Survey results indicated in 2001 overweight in boys and girls aged 7 were 14.4% & 15.2% respectively. This most recent survey indicates that overweight in boys and girls aged 7 has risen to 19.5% and 17.6% respectively. Details can be viewed here, and a graph reflecting changes in prevalence can be found here
Interview with President-Elect
Effective medication for weight loss coming soon, says World Obesity President-Elect 

Professor Donna Ryan, who takes over as President of the World Obesity Federation in 2018, believes that more effective weight loss pharmacotherapy will transform obesity treatment in the next few years. Speaking in an interview for Endocrine Today, Professor Ryan, based at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, called for more clinical research and a focus on why some people are better able to lose weight than others.

World Kidney Day
World Obesity and a number of our member organisations are pleased to endorse World Kidney Day, taking place on Thursday 9th March.

This year's event focuses on the relationship between kidney disease and obesity. As part of our collaboration we have produced a joint briefing paper which will be published on 9th March. In the meantime you can find more information here.

If you are interested in supporting World Kidney Day, please email Agnese Ruggiero at aruggiero@theisn.org.
EASO Wins Association Award
Our European Regional Association, EASO, has won the‘Best Lobbying Campaign’ for their European Obesity Day 2016 campaign at the 2017 European Association Awards.

European Obesity Day took place on 21st May 2016. Its aim was to "increase knowledge and understanding of the need for action to tackle and to treat obesity by policymakers at European and national levels."

Read more here and read the official EASO press release here.
EASO
Policy & Advocacy News  
Brussels meeting calls on governments to help families 

Obesity researchers called on governments to take urgent action to help families prevent childhood obesity. The final conference of the IDEFICS and I.Family projects held in Brussels in February stated that families cannot take responsibility alone, and regulatory action is needed. Speakers included officials from EU member state governments and the European Commission (details here). World Obesity’s Tim Lobstein chaired a session on children’s diet and sleep patterns.

INFORMAS benchmarks Australian government policies to tackle obesity 

The INFORMAS monitoring network supported by World Obesity has published a review of Australia’s policies to tackle obesity and create healthier food environments at a state and federal. Australia is rated highly for labelling and body weight monitoring, but lagging in the development of a nutrition strategy, a tax on unhealthy foods, and stronger controls on marketing to children. The full report is available here.

Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic Conference: Save the Date!

World Obesity will be hosting its next Hot Topic Conference titled ‘Obesity & Reproduction: The Cradle of the Epidemic’.

The event will take place from the 9th-10th November 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. The event will feature abstract and poster prizes amongst a series of interesting talks including ‘Impact of maternal obesity of the embryo and ‘Clinical care pathways for obese mothers’.

Further details will be released in the upcoming weeks so keep checking our website for further information. 
SCOPE School Athens 2017

SCOPE School is returning to Athens on 3rd June! This one day event aims to serve as a comprehensive "primer" in all aspects of the obesity epidemic, from its rising prevalence to current and future treatment options. 

New Information has been released for the event including the programme, speakers and details on exhibition and sponsorship. Registration is now open - check out the website to view the registration rates and more!

Attendees of this event will earn 4 SCOPE points that count towards SCOPE Certification! 
SCOPE School London 2017

Registration is now open! Prices start from just £65 for World Obesity Members!

The scientific programme will explore the putative factors that may cause obesity and evaluate how a better understanding of the aetiology may improve treatment approaches. Speakers include Samantha Scholtz and Francis Finucane.
 
To register visit our website to book your spot now!

Exhibition and Sponsorship

Does your organisation want to engage with a wide range of researchers and healthcare practitioners to showcase your products in an educational and focused setting? Why not take a look at our sponsorship options to see which opportunities are available.  
World Obesity Journals
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.51)
4th UK Congress on Obesity – UKCO2017
The 4th UK Congress on Obesity will take place in Pontypridd, Wales, UK on 7th-8th September 2017. The event, held by ASO, will focus on "Obesity, Health and Social Inequalities" and is set to be an informative and insightful conference.

Abstract submission and registration will open soon. For more information, click here!






10/03/2017 10:35
10/03/2017 10:35  Weekly news brief from World Obesity
09/03/2017 21:52  Dia Europeu da Obesidade 2017 - 20 de Maio
09/03/2017 12:53  EASO - European Association for the Study of Obesity - Join us in Porto - Late breaking abstracts are open until March 10th -You can register via the congress website.
24/02/2017 15:15  World Kidney Day, 9 March 2017
29/11/2016 20:45  20º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Porto, 18 a 20 de Novembro 2016
26/09/2016 18:14  ASSEMBLEIA GERAL DE SÓCIOS DA SPEO
30/05/2016 19:10  Dia Nacional e Europeu de Obesidade - 21 de Maio de 2016 -
26/01/2016 12:55  19º Congresso Português de Obesidade - Textos dos Resumos - Resumos Premiados - Novos Corpos Gerentes da SPEO
08/06/2015 14:38  2015 Milan Declaration: A Call to Action on Obesity
13/11/2014 18:21  18º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Aveiro, 24 a 26 de Outubro 2014.
15/10/2014 0:00  PAGAMENTO DE QUOTAS SPEO
20-08-2013 16:46  Processo Assistencial Integrado da Pré-Obesidade no Adulto
15-12-2011 11:56  Inventariação da investigação sobre obesidade em Portugal
12-12-2011 13:58  International Diabetes Federation
25-01-2011 10:57  PICO Programa de Intervenção Contra a Osteoartrose
23-07-2010 1:00  Presença Portuguesa no ICO 2010
12-02-2010 11:26  Novos periódicos internacionais na área da obesidade
21-09-2009 23:14  Carta aberta ao Director da Revista VISÃO, em resposta ao artigo de capa da edição de 10 de Setembro, “Afinal, o Exercício Não Emagrece”.
02-07-2009 12:05  International Association for the Study of Obesity
27-04-2009 15:30  Trabalhos de Investigadores Portugueses no 17º Congresso Europeu de Obesidade - ECO 2009
30-06-2008 17:16  OBESIDADE Prevenção e Terapêutica
19-03-2008 10:41  Prevalência e Monitorização da Obesidade em Portugal
15-01-2008 18:09  Disponíveis Slides do 11º Congresso
14-12-2007 0:21  Actualização da prevalência da obesidade em Portugal
12-12-2007 18:34  IMAGENS DO CONGRESSO!
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