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EASO Education: Addressing Adult Obesity Myths

Many common myths and dogmas undermine the successful management of obesity. In society, and within the healthcare system, these myths contribute to a culture in which people are prone to making assumptions about the values or the lifestyles of individuals who have obesity.
For these reasons, we need to explore and address a number of the damaging misconceptions that contribute to stigmatization of individuals who have obesity, for example:

-          Obesity is caused by sloth and gluttony
-          An imposed net energy deficit cures obesity
-          All obese people are unhealthy
-          Obesity can be managed with dietary supplements
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NoHoW Project Newsletter: June 2017
Learning more about weight management

One of the key challenges in helping people with weight maintenance is understanding what they think about weight loss, how they lose weight and what support they need to maintain their weight loss in the long term. There isn't much solid scientific evidence available, so one of the first tasks in NoHoW was to carry out a large, population-based survey. Read more on the NoHow website

We're currently working on a longitudinal survey of 3,000 successful weight maintainers, recruited from Slimming World, who are a partner on the NoHoW project. In this survey, we'll use members' weight loss history and their survey responses over the course of a year to learn more about long-term weight maintenance. The results of this survey will help us to interpret the results of the NoHoW trial.

Building the NoHoW Toolkit

To build the Toolkit, the team gathered together the best scientific evidence from the literature and developed a programme for weight management, targeted towards people who have already lost weight and want to learn how to maintain their weight loss. The web-based Toolkit includes educational content and allows users to track their weight, physical activity and sleep using self-tracking technologies (activity trackers, smart scales).

Testing the Toolkit

Now that the NoHoW Toolkit is fully developed, we are recruiting participants in the UK, Denmark and Portugal to test it out. We are looking for adults who have lost at least 5% of their body weight in the last 12 months, and are still below their highest weight.
Participants will be given access to the NoHoW Toolkit to help them learn how to maintain their weight loss. They will be asked to weigh themselves at least twice weekly and wear an activity tracker.

To learn more about the trial, visit our recruiting websites: UK, Denmark and Portugal

NoHow at ECO 2017
NoHoW hosted a very successful symposium 'Developing and designing evidence-based digital tools for weight loss maintenance: the Horizon-2020 NoHoW project' at the 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) in Porto, Portugal (17 - 20 May 2017).

Read more
about the NoHoW Team at ECO2017

Learn more about NoHoW

Interested in learning more about the NoHoW project?

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EASO Newsletter May 2017
News from our 2017 Congress, ECO2017

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) takes place this month in the beautiful city of Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, from 17 to 20 May 2017. The congress is held at the Alfandega Congress Centre, voted one of the best meeting and conference venues in Europe. We have an excellent scientific programme planned for you. See the full programme, including social events, and register to attend on the congress website 

In this section we are pleased to share the latest EASO news and introduce you to members of our Executive Committee, Patient Council and Award Winners
EASO Policy Conference

Join the European Association for the Study of Obesity, decision-makers and opinion-leaders from Brussels and EU Member States for a policy conference on 'Implementing national obesity policies and action plans in Europe'  in conjunction with European Obesity Day 2017.

Registration is free on the European Obesity Day website

Join the EASO Patient Council at ECO2017

The EASO Patient Council works locally, nationally, and globally to advance the interests of patients and patient perspectives across Europe. Patient representatives from 20 European countries advise and lead on patient-related matters, advocate on behalf of patient perspectives, and provide input to EASO national member associations, EASO initiatives, the public health community, European Commission Projects, NGOs, policymakers, and industry.

At the upcoming European Congress on Obesity, ECO 2017, the Patient Council has a key presence and is part of the official programme. Join us at the congress! 

Registration is open via the congress website

ECO2017 - Delegate Evening - 19th May

Attending ECO2017? Join us to celebrate in this beautiful venue symbolising the trademark of the city of Oporto: Port wine. Located in the historic area of Gaia, near the River Douro, the Ferreira wine cellars have a lovely event area. Registration is still open and bookings will be accepted at the congress centre. If you are already registered for ECO2017 you have only to sign and to add this service to your registration.

Spotlight on Ellen Blaak, PhD

Ellen Blaak PhD is Secretary of EASO and Professor in Physiology of fat metabolism, Department of Human Biology, NUTRIM

"I lead a research group of around 15 people; our work is mainly focused on disturbances in energy and substrate metabolism in the etiology of obesity, insulin resistance and cardiometabolic complications as well as the impact of lifestyle intervention, mainly diet, in the prevention of these chronic metabolic diseases. We study both human physiology and the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms."

Read the full interview on the EASO website

EASO Summer School: 
Training the Trainers in the 
and Management of Obesity

EASO is pleased to announce that 30 funded places will be supported for our 2017 Train the Trainer Summer School! This comprehensive training course, held at Les Pensières at Fondation Mérieux - France: 2-4 July 2017, will increase the knowledge and competencies of experienced European HCPs and PCPs, training participants to develop and implement interventions that treat and prevent obesity at the local and regional level. The selection process is now underway.

Learn more  on the EASO website

European Obesity Day 2017

European Obesity Day (EOD) is rapidly approaching. It takes place on 20 May but activities are already well underway. As part of this year's campaign we have launched a call to action to EU Member States to put in place more effective and comprehensive obesity strategies. These strategies should cover all aspects of weight management, including obesity prevention, treatment and care.

In the spirit of this year's theme, Tackling Obesity Together, we hope you will join us and show your support for this call to action by signing the pledge on the European Obesity Day Website

You can also show your support on social media by following us on Twitter @EOD2017, searching and tagging updates using the hashtag #EOD2017 and connecting with us on Facebook.

Obesity Knowledge Transfer Series:
Free EASO Obesity Resource for Clinicians 

We are delighted to announce the expansion of our Obesity Knowledge Transfer Series (Obesity KTS), developed in partnership with mdBriefCase Group - a leading global provider of accredited, online education for healthcare professionals. These resources provide a comprehensive array of online resources, covering a global approach to obesity, tailored to meet the local needs in European countries. These bilingual obesity KTS resources are available free at the point of access, and are now available in Italy, Norway, and Finland. 

4th International RACMEM Conference

EASO is pleased to announce the 4th International Recent Advances and Controversies in Measurement of Energy Metabolism (RACMEM) Conference in Fribourg, Switzerland October 20-22, 2017.

View more information on the event flyer

Project MooDFOOD: Meet Esther Vermeulen

"My role is to deliver observational evidence for the relationship between food consumption patterns and depression. This information was among several elements used for the development of dietary advice given to people participating in the MooDFOOD trial."

Read more about Esther's work on the EASO website

EU Project MooDFOOD:
New Nutritional Science Research on Sugar and Mental Health from Anika Knüppel

The first Work Package (WP1) of the MoodFOOD project aims to investigate the bidirectional association of diet and obesity with depression, using observational evidence. 

From London, Anika Knüppel, a PhD student in Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London (UCL), is working with observational data from the Whitehall II study, a cohort of over 10.000 British Civil Servants who have been completing questionnaires and taking part in health screenings over the last 30 years. This rich dataset permits Anika and her colleagues to view the sequences of health events and health behaviours.

Read more on the EASO website

We are pleased to announce publication of the latest issue of Obesity Facts, The European Journal of Obesity, Vol. 10, No. 2 is now available. 

View the journal on the OFA website

People-First Language: 
Infographic for Healthcare Settings

Bias against people with obesity is well documented and has a major impact on health care delivery. People-First language can help tackle this challenge. EASO and our partner organisations urge everyone to use people first language to tackle discrimination.

For more resources on communicating about obesity please visit
the EASO Media Portal

MooDFOOD is a multidisciplinary consortium involving 13 organizations in 9 European countries, using a unique integrative approach which combines expertise in nutrition, consumer behaviour, psychiatry and preventive psychology.  


View an updated webcast on the project website 

EASO Media Portal Offers Resources to
European Journalists 

The EASO Media Portal is a practical resource to pan-EU journalists and provides up-to-date, relevant information about obesity. It is an evolving tool which is updated regularly; new resources and information will become available following the Media Masterclass at ECO2017.

Announcing the 22nd World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

EASO is pleased to announce the 22nd World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, 29th August - 2nd September 2017. The IFSO scientific program will cover both surgical and nonsurgical treatment strategies for obesity, includes nine postgraduate courses, numerous oral, video and live operating sessions, as well as bariatric medicine symposia in conjunction with EASO.

Metabopig Conference: 
9-10 June 2017, Lille, France

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Metabopig conference. The aim of this event is to gather a group of ten high profile PIs from across Europe, the USA, and Taiwan for 36 hours in a friendly, informal atmosphere, to present their latest research. In addition, new investigators are invited to present posters, deliver and attend short talks, and participate in a variety of hands-on lab sessions in surgery , islet isolation and other themes. 

Registration is open; please see our flyer for more information.

Upcoming Central European and Slovak Obesity Congresses: October 2017

EASO is pleased to announce the upcoming 6th Central European Congress on Obesity (CECON) and the 15th Slovak Congress on Obesity 2017 from 5-7 October 2017 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Abstract Submission is open; read more on the CECON website

Locations Announced
for ECO 2018 and ECO 2019

EASO is hosting the 25th annual European Congress on Obesity (#ECO2018) from 23-26 May 2018 in beautiful Vienna, Austria.
In 2019 we are delighted to host the ECO in Glasgow.

Please check the EASO website 
for further information, coming soon.

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ECO2017: Call for Abstracts 

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