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Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
September Newsletter
Hello from World Obesity! This month's newsletter features:

  • World Obesity Day news
  • An update on the SCOPE Core Learning Path
  • Update of new Chief Executive's progress
  • New extended country profiles are going live
  • The latest obesity research from our four journals

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity
World Obesity Day- 11th October 2017
The theme of this year's #WorldObesityDay is treating obesity now and avoiding the consequences later.

This #WorldObesityDay we are asking all of you to Act Now and to join us in calling for urgent action from governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investing in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.

Share your support for World Obesity Day by joining our Thunderclap!

We have one month to reach our target number of supporters - if we hit this, a flash-mob style burst of support messages will hit social media on 11th October. You can join the Thunderclap via Twitter or Facebook to help play a key role in treating obesity now.
SCOPE Core Learning Path
The SCOPE Core Learning Path on obesity management will be released on Friday, 8th September 2017. Comprising eight evidence-based modules authored by leading obesity experts, the Core Learning Path contains the essential information healthcare professionals need to successfully treat obesity. All other SCOPE modules will become available for free once the Core Learning Path has been launched.
 
The full list of Core Modules will be as follows:
 
  • Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight - Dr Priya Sumithran
  • Causes of Obesity - Professor Joseph Proietto
  • Complications of Obesity - Dr Robert Kushner
  • Starting the Patient Dialogue* - Dr Arya Sharma
  • History Taking and Examination - Professor Joseph Proietto
  • Management of Obesity in Adults - Professor Joseph Proietto
  • Obesity and Pharmacotherapy* - Dr Donna Ryan
  • Management of Obesity in Children and Adolescents* - Professor Louise Baur
 
* Previously available modules
 
Discounts will be available for World Obesity Members users in low-and-middle income countries. Users with active annual subscriptions will be entitled to access the Core Learning Path for free. 
 
For more information, please visit this page
Johanna Ralston Takes Over as Chief Executive
World Obesity is pleased to announce the appointment of Johanna Ralston as our new Chief Executive, who arrived at our London office in mid-August. Previously CEO of the World Heart Federation and Vice-chair of the NCD Alliance, Johanna has extensive experience running member-led professional societies and international advocacy organisations.

“We are delighted to have Johanna join us at such an important time in our organisation”, said World Obesity President Ian Caterson. “Obesity as a disease and a global health challenge is finally starting to get the attention it merits and the World Health Assembly has approved the Ending Childhood Obesity action plan. Johanna brings skills in advocacy and excellent networks in the NCD community that will benefit our shared goals of addressing, understanding and reducing obesity globally. Working with the committed staff of World Obesity, we look forward to an excellent and productive period for World Obesity and its vital mission.”

Johanna can be contacted by email on jralston@worldobesity.org.
Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the Cradle of the Epidemic

The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy. We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child. Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

Renowned faculty include: Roland Devlieger, Dilys Freeman, Patrick Catalano, Katrien Benhalima, Darmintra Pasupathy, Nicola Abate, Nicola Heslehurst and others to join soon.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – OPEN!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit your abstract.

Submission closing deadline: 15th September 2017

Details on the programme, speakers, sponsorship, exhibition, registration and abstract submission can be found here.
CMHC Registration Discount
Organisers of the Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) are offering a registration discount for World Obesity newsletter subscribers. Simply register here using the discount code PARTNERBOSTON2017 to receive $100 off!
 
The 12th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress takes place in Boston, MA on 4th-7th October. To find out more, visit their website.
World Obesity Data Pages
The new extended country profiles are currently being put online. To date we have Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus & the Czech Republic with more going online shortly.

We have updated adult data in Eritrea by age; updated child data in Burkina Faso, Cameroon (prevalence & SES), Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Ethiopia; and new trend data in adults from Ethiopia (see here).

To receive live data updates on our Data pages follow @RJLobesitydata

We welcome feedback, comments or suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us on rleach@worldobesity.org.
World Obesity Journals
Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.883)

The September edition of Obesity Reviews is now available to read!

Read the Editor's Choice free for one month:


The following articles are also available to read for free via Open Access:


Visit Obesity Reviews' Early View page to be the first to read the latest research.
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

A new supplement from Pediatric Obesity, Maternal-Infant Nutritional Factors Influencing Early Onset Obesity, is now available to read. All articles are available to read for free, including:


Read the latest research from Pediatric Obesity via Early View.
Obesity Science & Practice

The June edition of Obesity Science & Practice is still available to view. All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following highlights:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.


Dear Members,

Welcome to the first in a series of weekly communications that will lead up to #WorldObesityDay on 11th October 2017

This year, our focus is on investment in tackling obesity. 

We want to empower and support everyone, so they have everything they need to rise to the challenge of overcoming obesity worldwide. We would love for you to get involved with World Obesity Day and there are some options below.

We will be sending you, our Member Associations, infographics specific to your country. Please feel free to review this and let us know if there are any errors so we can make the necessary amendments.

If you have not already sent us your association's logo, please can you send it to Fiona Montague at fmontague@worldobesity.org

If you are willing to do any translations of World Obesity Day materials, it would be most appreciated. Please contact Heather Budd at hbudd@worldobesity.org if you are interested in taking part.
Treat Obesity NOW and Avoid the Consequences Later 
Each week in the lead up to #WorldObesityDay we will share with you ideas on how you can engage with government, policy makers, academics, the public, members & supporters. We will also provide you with resources to help you with your endeavors. 

Plus, to help with inspiration, we will share with you what World Obesity, its members and supporters are doing on and around the day. 

We will be sharing all the tools and resources you need over the coming weeks at www.obesityday.worldobesity.org.
/ What is World Obesity Day? 
World Obesity Day was established in 2015 as an annual campaign with the goal of stimulating and supporting practical actions that will help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reverse the global obesity crisis. 

The number of adults suffering from overweight and obesity continues to rise. On current trends, 2.7billion adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025, of which 177 million adults will be in need of treatment as a result of severe obesity. 

Therefore, this #WorldObesityDay we are asking all of you to Act Now and to join us in calling for urgent action from governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investment in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.
Share your support for World Obesity Day by joining our Thunderclap!

We have one month to reach our target number of supporters - if we hit this, a flash-mob style burst of support messages will hit social media on 11th October. You can join the Thunderclap via Twitter or Facebook to help play a key role in ending childhood obesity. 
/ World Obesity Day materials and resources 
We have created some really useful tools to help you engage others in the conversation about obesity. You'll soon be able to access: 

Infographics 
We have created a set of infographics focused on the medical costs for treating the consequences of obesity, both with global statistics and also tailored for individual countries. We will encourage people to download these, tweet and share them.

Advocacy toolkit 
If you're in a position to do more targeted advocacy in your country or community, we have advice on how to go about it. 

Template letter to minister
We have produced a template letter to health ministers and are asking members and supporters to send this out. It will be calling on governments to implement the commitments they made as part of the WHO NCD action plan. 

Template press release
We have produced a general template letter which can be tailored by members/regions/organisations on the obesity crisis with appropriate local figures on childhood obesity. 

Plot yourself on our map 
We will be plotting all #WorldObesityDay activities on a map of the world. Make sure your activities are shared by letting us know what you are doing so we can add you to the map. 

These materials and more will become available over the coming weeks, so make sure you visit our website and keep up to date through these emails which you'll be receiving weekly right up to the day itself. 
/ Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact Ellie Needs at eneeds@worldobesity.org. 

You can tweet us @WorldObesity and use #WorldObesityDay.

All information and resources will be added to our World Obesity Day website as it becomes available. 

And don't forget to sign our Thunderclap campaign!






World Obesity

POLICY NEWS IN BRIEF
From World Obesity
10th August 2017
/ Policy Watch...

A report published by the World Bank has identified a range of opportunities for interventions through the food supply chain to reduce the risk of obesity and related diseases, which could strengthen international resolve to implement World Health Organization targets for reducing obesity by 2025.

The report identifies a number of stages in food supply, from agricultural research through to retail supply, where interventions could be effective. Proposals include the elimination of subsidies and other production/price support measures for production of unhealthy ingredients for food processing, the imposition of taxes to reduce incentives to consume unhealthy foods, and the use of regulatory approaches to limit access to unhealthy foods.

The report, which appears not to be available on the Bank's own website, is titled 'An overview of links between obesity and food systems: Implications for the agriculture global production agenda' and is available here.

A commentary by Lawrence Haddad, of GAIN, is available here


The UK advocacy group Action On Sugar has called for colour-coded 'traffic light' front-of-pack nutrition labelling to be introduced across all food and drink products after finding that many perceived 'healthy' cereal brands contain large amounts of sugar, at levels that would equate to a red warning if traffic light labels were required.

Of 25 breakfast cereal manufacturers, five used labelling schemes that did not show colour-coding, making it difficult for consumers to make informed choices, said Action on Sugar. A further six companies provided no front-of-pack labels at all, despite some of them having high levels of sugar. 'Shoppers could save themselves a whopping 45 teaspoons of sugar per month (182g) if they had access to consistent front-of-pack labelling allowing them to make informed decisions and switch to a lower sugar cereal,' said a spokeswoman.
/ Also...

/ India: Mars adds M&Ms to its chocolate portfolio...

...while Mondelez and Amazon launch online confectionery delivery services, after Indian government permits added vegetable fat in chocolate.

/ China: Fast food company McDonald's plans to open 10 new outlets every week for the next four years

/ Australia: Heinz accused of misleading "healthy" toddler snack with up to 60% sugar

/ China: Single child policy may have contributed to rising childhood obesity rates

/ USA: Size-ism in the clinic reduces quality of health care provided, and reduces patients' health

/ USA: Lack of "structured days" explains why children gain weight in vacations

/ UK: Advocacy group Sustrans offers new 'Toolbox' to promote active travel

/ UK: Public health measures can save £14 for every £1 spent

/ USA: Cook County launches soda tax at 1c per oz, on top of Chicago's 3% soda tax

/ Philippines: President Duterte calls for taxes on sugary drinks

/ New Zealand: Sugar tax remains popular but government refuses to regulate

/ Australia: Cancer Council Victoria wants a ban on gifts with meals as study shows toys increase children's liking for fast foods
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Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
August Newsletter
Hello from World Obesity! This month's newsletter features:


  • An update on the SCOPE Core Learning Path
  • Announcement of the dates of our Gulf Regional Congress
  • A summary of updates to our data pages since January
  • The latest obesity research from our four journals

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity

Changes to SCOPE e-learning
We are excited to announce that the SCOPE Core Learning Path will be released in the coming weeks. Consisting of eight Core Modules authored by leading experts, the Core Learning Path will provide the essential knowledge and information on treating and managing obesity.


The Core Learning Path will be available for a standard price of £70 and will be free to users with existing SCOPE subscriptions. Discounts will be available to World Obesity members and users from low-and-middle income countries. 

In addition, the majority of our other modules will be made free when the Core Learning Path launches. We made this decision to ensure up-to-date, evidence-based obesity management resources are available to all, regardless of income.

Once launched, users will be required to complete the Core Learning Path to be eligible for SCOPE Certification. For more information and a complete list of Core Modules, click here.
Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the Cradle of the Epidemic

The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy. We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child. Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

Renowned faculty include: Roland Devlieger, Dilys Freeman, Patrick Catalano, Katrien Benhalima, Darmintra Pasupathy, Nicola Abate, Nicola Heslehurst and others to join soon.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – OPEN!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit your abstract.

Submission closing deadline: 15th September 2017

Details on the programme, speakers, sponsorship, exhibition, registration and abstract submission can be found here.
Gulf Regional Congress: Dates Announced

The dates of our Gulf Regional Congress in Abu Dhabi have been announced as 19th-20th April 2018

The congress will focus on the developing obesity crisis in the region and the regional initiatives to deal with it, both within the health services and beyond. 

Attendees will come away with a greater knowledge of obesity, the metabolic syndrome and type II Diabetes in our region. In addition, the attendees will learn about the strategies to prevent these public health problems and how these strategies can produce better outcomes for both the general public and individuals.


The Congress offers an opportunity for attendees to engage with national and international professionals including public health specialists, dietitians, nurses, family medicine physicians, bariatric physicians and surgeons, endocrinologists, town planners, education specialists and physical activity specialists.


More information on the congress will be released soon. Keep checking this page for further updates.
World Obesity Sponsors CIOI 2017

World Obesity was a co-sponsor with WHO of the 2017 International Conference on Childhood Obesity, held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 5th-7th.

Several sessions featured World Obesity staff and advisors, including Professors Tim Lobstein, Harry Rutter, Tommy Visscher, and Philip James (WOF president 2009-2014).

Further details, tweets and images can be found on the conference Facebook page.
World Obesity Data Pages


A summary of our updates since January

Interactive Obesity Atlas

The key change that we have made in the first half of this year is the upgrade of our maps into an Interactive Obesity Atlas. Here you will find over 50 maps to explore, including all the original Overweight and Obesity Prevalence, Drivers, Impact & Actions maps. If you haven’t already visited the atlas or unfamiliar with how our maps work, you may want to visit our first time user instructions.
In addition to the original statistics, we have added a considerable amount of new data to the atlas this year. The following countries have all been updated with new prevalence data: England, Tanzania, New Zealand, Australia, United Arabs Emirates, Scotland, Egypt, Poland, Guatemala, Malawi, Sweden, Romania, Greece, Denmark, Cameroon, Belarus, Ukraine, Ireland, Serbia, Portugal, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.

Prevalence of obesity by Socioeconomic Status (SES) has been updated for Scotland, Tanzania, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Malawi, Greece, Guatemala, Romania, Denmark, Cameroon, Poland, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Obesity prevalence by Education has been updated for Tanzania, Sweden, Greece, Denmark, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Ireland, Serbia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

If you are interested in researching Policies and Interventions relating to obesity, there are new updates for New Zealand, Colombia, Malta, Netherlands, England, USA, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Australia, Germany, UK, Canada, Finland, Norway, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and European. These range from dietary guidelines for Malta, Netherlands and Colombia, and physical activity guidelines such as the Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. New school-based interventions include the Poiba Project in Barcelona and the Christchurch Obesity Prevention Program in Schools (CHOPPS) programme in England. We have also added campaigns such as the Munch & Move and Finish with the Right Stuff in Australia.

Country Profiles

Another new feature to the data site this year is the series of downloadable EU Country Profiles. These provide a snapshot of the most recent information on obesity prevalence, drivers, impact and actions. We have also created an Obesity Atlas which is a compendium of all the European country profiles in a single downloadable report.

Presentation Graphics

Finally, there have been a range of additions and updates to our presentation graphics. These are a set of resources including downloadable tables, charts, trend graphics and detailed maps.

Updated graphics include ‘Obesity and Pregnancy’ ‘Overweight in Pre and Post Adolescents’ ‘European Overweight and Obesity in Adults’ and ‘Child Overweight by Maternal Education’. These are now available in 6 languages; English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

We have also updated our table for ‘Overweight in Children by Gender and Region’ and updated two of our most popular maps, ‘Top 5 countries by region and gender in adults’ and ‘Top 3 in Children’. We have revised and updated our charts on Global overweight and obesity in adults from selected countries around the world. You can view males here and females here.

You will also find EUROSTAT 2014 graphics for overweight and obesity in the EU by SES and Educational attainment. We have translated these into various country-specific languages which you can find here here (see page 7 for country index). Many of our other graphics have also been translated, and we will be adding more translations over the second half of the year.

We hope you find the Interactive Obesity Atlas and accompanying resources useful. Your feedback is important to us, so please email rleach@worldobesity.org with comments or requests for data.
World Obesity Journals
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

The new issue of Pediatric Obesity is available to read! Read Editor's Choice for free for two months:

Visit the Early View page for the latest studies from Pediatric Obesity. 
Obesity Science & Practice

The June edition of Obesity Science & Practice is still available to view. All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following highlights:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.

CMHC Calls for Abstract Submissions
Organisers of the 12th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Congress, taking place on 4th-7th October in Boston, MA, have invited all interested parties to submit abstracts to be presented at a new scientific poster session.

Participants will be given the opportunity to highlight the latest clinical research and evidence-based practices and protocols surrounding practitioners who treat cardiometabolic diseases. The CMHC Chairs will select the best poster presented during the congress and will award the recipient with a cash prize of $300. 

Selected abstracts will be published online, and the posters will be published through the CMHC mobile app, while also displayed during poster sessions at the conference.

The submission deadline is Friday, August 25, at 5 PM EST. For further questions or concerns, email info@cardiometabolichealth.org. Participants will be notified of accepted abstracts by September 8th; poster guidelines will accompany acceptance notices. Learn more about specific requirements and parameters here.






Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
July Member Newsletter
Greetings from World Obesity! This month's newsletter features:


  • Dr Cristina Parrino awarded SCOPE National Fellowship
  • Data Updates - EUROSTAT 2014
  • Other News
  • Upcoming World Obesity Events
  • World Obesity Journals
  • Other Upcoming Events

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity.

Dr Cristina Parrino Awarded SCOPE Fellowship
We are delighted to announce that Dr Cristina Parrino, based in Denmark, has been awarded a SCOPE National Fellowship.

Cristina graduated in Medicine in 2009 and specialised in Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2015 at the University of Catania, Italy. During her specialist training, she had a special focus on clinical management of obesity and diabetes.


In 2015 she was selected for the Pharmaceutical Medicine Programme at Novo Nordisk, based in Copenhagen. She is currently Global Medical Advisor in GLP-1 Obesity, Global Medical Affairs. As Global Medical Advisor she is actively engaged in the scientific dialogue on obesity at scientific meetings, as well as providing internal medical guidance and training on obesity management.


Cristina has a keen interest in obesity, bariatric surgery and diabetes and a growing curiosity and attention to the role of human nutrition in obesity management.


To find out more about SCOPE Fellowship and view a complete list of Fellows, click here.

World Obesity Data Pages

EUROSTAT 2014 -  Percentage Overweight and Obesity By Age & Gender by Income Quintile and Educational Attainment


We have been very busy translating this month. To give you a taster of how our new EUROSTAT 2014 Graphics will appear we have collated a slide presentation of the data presented in their own language.   Click here to download.

The good news is that if you are a native EU language speaker and would like first view at our complete sets of translated EUROSTAT 2014 graphics you can contact us at obesity@worldobesity.org and we will send you a copy of your graphics in your native language. In return we would appreciate it if you could feed back with any comments.

 

We are currently limited to providing EU translations, should funding permit in the future we hope to roll out the translations worldwide. In the meantime if you would be interested in translating any of our slides into your native language we would welcome and acknowledge your assistance. Email: rleach@worldobesity.org and we can send you an editable version.


Development work on our Interactive Obesity Atlas continues and we hope to bring you some exciting new developments next month. In the meantime please visit our pages here.

 

To receive live data updates on our Data pages follow @RJLobesitydata

 

We welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us on the email above or rleach@worldobesity.org.

Other News

Director of Policy speaks at UK Cancer Research Policy Symposium


World Obesity’s Director of Policy, Tim Lobstein, urged a better understanding of the social and commercial drivers of obesity and stigma at a UK Cancer Research Policy Symposium held in London in late May.


World Obesity Contributes to WHO-Coordinated Meeting


World Obesity recently contributed to a discussion about best practices in the prevention of conflicts of interest, at a meeting in Scotland coordinated by the World Health Organization.


PRICELESS Director Visits World Obesity Office


Witwatersrand University’s Professor Karen Hofman, director of the PRICELESS (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening) project in South Africa, came to our London office at the end of May to discuss the implementation of her country’s sugary drinks tax and the use of fiscal measures to influence health behaviour (see report here). 


World Obesity Hosts Webinar For Champions and Advocates


In late June World Obesity hosted a webinar on skills development for health care professionals for our Champions and Advocates including a contribution from Professor Bill Dietz, whose recent report on skills for obesity treatment delivery can be found here

Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the Cradle of the Epidemic


The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy. We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child. Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

The list of faculty include: Roland Devlieger, Dilys Freeman, Patrick Catalano, Katrien Benhalima, Darmintra Pasupathy, Nicola Abate, Nicola Heslehurst and others to join soon


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – OPEN!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit your abstract.

Submission closing deadline: 15th September 2017

Details on the programme, speakers, sponsorship, exhibition, registration and abstract submission can be found here

World Obesity Journals
Obesity Science & Practice

The June edition of Obesity Science & Practice is now available to read! All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following highlights:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.

Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.51)

July's edition of Obesity Reviews is still available to view.


This issue contains World Obesity's position statement on 'Obesity as a Disease' and accompanying Comment, both available to read for free:



Visit Obesity Reviews' Early View page to be the first to read the latest research.

Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

Other Upcoming Events
ObesityWeek 2017 - Where Science and Treatment Meet

Pre-Conference Courses: Sunday, Oct. 29 – Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
ASMBS Scientific Sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
TOS Scientific Sessions: Monday, Oct. 30 – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745 (Washington, DC metro area)

Join more than 5,000 health professionals, researchers and policymakers to experience the future of obesity research, treatment and prevention at ObesityWeek 2017, the leading international obesity conference taking place near Washington, DC, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2. ObesityWeek offers hundreds of professional opportunities, including  high-quality continuing education for career advancement. Attendees will have access to a comprehensive agenda on basic science, obesity surgery, prevention, research, public policy and more.

For more information please visit http://obesityweek.com





Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
July Newsletter
Greetings from World Obesity! This month's newsletter features:


  • The announcement of our new Chief Executive, Johanna Ralston
  • Memorial of Dra. Alicia Recalde, President of SUEO
  • Dr Cristina Parrino awarded SCOPE National Fellowship
  • All the latest data and research updates

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity.

World Obesity Welcomes New Chief Executive
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Johanna Ralston as World Obesity's Chief Executive, starting in August. 

Johanna has spent close to two decades working in global NCDs, most recently as CEO of the World Heart Federation and Vice Chair of the NCD Alliance, and spent 11 years as VP Global Strategies at the American Cancer Society. An alumna of Harvard Business School, Johanna has also studied public health at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. 

The World Obesity team are delighted to welcome Johanna on board!

Click here to read more.
Memorial of Dra. Alicia Recalde, President of SUEO
We recently received the very sad news that Dra. Alicia Reclade, President of our National Associaiton Member in Uruguay, the Sociedad Uruguaya para el Estudio de la Obesidad, had passed away.

Her colleagues at SUEO are very grateful that they were able to share time with her and appreciate her professional commitment, and above all enjoy her friendship and human warmth. They shared the following with World Obesity:

Besides being a Medical Doctor specialised in Toxicology, she had obtained a Master degree in Nutrition and had also specialised in the study of Body Composition.

Throughout her life she took part in multiple publications  such as ENSO 1 (Encuesta Nacional de Sobrepeso y Obesidad 1), ENSO 2 (Encuesta Nacional de Sobrepeso y Obesidad 2) and ENSO  Niños (Encuesta Nacional de Sobrepeso y Obesidad en niños) among others, that  were benchmarks studies  in the assessment of the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Uruguay.
     
We are very grateful that we have been able to share time with her and  appreciate her professional commitment, and above all enjoy her friendship and human warmth.

Alicia has left us physically, but she will stay forever in the heart of every one of us.

RD Daniel Prendez RD                                     RD Beatriz Babic MSc                           
President                                                           Past President      

We would like to offer our sincere condolences and her family, friends and colleagues are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
Dr Cristina Parrino Awarded SCOPE Fellowship
We are delighted to announce that Dr Cristina Parrino, based in Denmark, has been awarded a SCOPE National Fellowship.

Cristina graduated in Medicine in 2009 and specialised in Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2015 at the University of Catania, Italy. During her specialist training, she had a special focus on clinical management of obesity and diabetes.


In 2015 she was selected for the Pharmaceutical Medicine Programme at Novo Nordisk, based in Copenhagen. She is currently Global Medical Advisor in GLP-1 Obesity, Global Medical Affairs. As Global Medical Advisor she is actively engaged in the scientific dialogue on obesity at scientific meetings, as well as providing internal medical guidance and training on obesity management.


Cristina has a keen interest in obesity, bariatric surgery and diabetes and a growing curiosity and attention to the role of human nutrition in obesity management.


To find out more about SCOPE Fellowship and view a complete list of Fellows, click here.

World Obesity Data Pages


We have been very busy translating this month. To give you a taster of how our new EUROSTAT 2014 Graphics will appear we have collated a slide presentation of the data presented in their own language.   Click here to download.

The good news is that if you are a native EU language speaker and would like first view at our complete sets of translated EUROSTAT 2014 graphics you can contact us at obesity@worldobesity.org and we will send you a copy of your graphics in your native language. In return we would appreciate it if you could feed back with any comments.

 

Development work on our Interactive Obesity Atlas continues and we hope to bring you some exciting new developments next month. In the meantime please visit our pages here.

 

To receive live data updates on our Data pages follow @RJLobesitydata

 

We welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us on the email above or rleach@worldobesity.org.

Other News

Director of Policy speaks at UK Cancer Research Policy Symposium


World Obesity’s Director of Policy, Tim Lobstein, urged a better understanding of the social and commercial drivers of obesity and stigma at a UK Cancer Research Policy Symposium held in London in late May.


World Obesity Contributes to WHO-Coordinated Meeting


World Obesity recently contributed to a discussion about best practices in the prevention of conflicts of interest, at a meeting in Scotland coordinated by the World Health Organization.


PRICELESS Director Visits World Obesity Office


Witwatersrand University’s Professor Karen Hofman, director of the PRICELESS (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening) project in South Africa, came to our London office at the end of May to discuss the implementation of her country’s sugary drinks tax and the use of fiscal measures to influence health behaviour (see report here). 


World Obesity Hosts Webinar For Champions and Advocates


In late June World Obesity hosted a webinar on skills development for health care professionals for our Champions and Advocates including a contribution from Professor Bill Dietz, whose recent report on skills for obesity treatment delivery can be found here

Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the Cradle of the Epidemic


The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy. We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child. Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

The list of faculty include: Roland Devlieger, Dilys Freeman, Patrick Catalano, Katrien Benhalima, Darmintra Pasupathy, Nicola Abate, Nicola Heslehurst and others to join soon


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – OPEN!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit your abstract.

Submission closing deadline: 15th September 2017

Details on the programme, speakers, sponsorship, exhibition, registration and abstract submission can be found here

World Obesity Journals
Obesity Science & Practice

The June edition of Obesity Science & Practice is now available to read! All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following highlights:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.

Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.51)

July's edition of Obesity Reviews is still available to view.


This issue contains World Obesity's position statement on 'Obesity as a Disease' and accompanying Comment, both available to read for free:



Visit Obesity Reviews' Early View page to be the first to read the latest research.

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06/09/2017 22:22
20/09/2017 19:00  21º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Aveiro, 24 a 26 de Novembro 2017.
14/09/2017 11:52  ECO 2018 - 25º Congresso Europeu de Obesidade, 23 a 26 de Maio, Viena, Austria
06/09/2017 22:22  Weekly news brief from World Obesity
29/07/2017 11:14  EASO - European Association for the Study of Obesity
06/07/2017 9:56  O NoHoW é um estudo científico a decorrer na Faculdade de Motricidade Humana e num total de 3 países em paralelo (Portugal, Reino Unido e Dinamarca), que tem como objetivo ajudar pessoas que perderam peso a manter o peso perdido.
09/03/2017 21:52  Dia Europeu da Obesidade 2017 - 20 de Maio
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
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