Food Revolution Day

EASO is delighted to partner with Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution team to support a new campaign – across Europe and around the world – to focus on food. 20 May 2016, Food Revolution Day has become a key moment in this broad scale social movement to debate and encourage systems’ change along with individual efforts to change the world of food.

“What this means is that from 20 May 2016, the “day” becomes our moment to tell brilliant stories about what has been achieved and bang the drum as loudly as we can about what still needs to be done.” Read the blog from the Food Revolution team on the EASO website.

The Food Revolution has started!

Food Revolution Day, Jamie Oliver’s annual day of action, is coming up on 20 May, but this year it’s going to be a little different.

Jamie is passionate about fighting to provide a healthier, happier world for children through better, more nutritious food. He believes that we can only achieve this by coming together as one united voice and lobbying governments to make real, lasting, meaningful change to the way our kids access, consume and understand food. So, this year, he’s taking the Food Revolution full-time.

Instead of just focussing on one day in May, Jamie and the team are launching an ongoing, year-round Food Revolution that will provoke debate, inspire communities, and lobby governments and businesses to make positive, lasting change in order to give our children better access to good, nutritious food.

What this means is that from 20 May 2016, the “day” becomes our moment to tell brilliant stories about what has been achieved and bang the drum as loudly as we can about what still needs to be done.



An ongoing, global campaign to provoke debate and inspire positive, meaningful change in the way we access, consume and understand food.


We’re in the middle of a global health crisis. Right now, 41 million children under five are overweight, while another 159 million are too undernourished to grow properly. We’re failing our children and future generations by not arming them with the right food and skills they need to grow healthily and happily.


Meaningful change is built from the ground up. We celebrate the joy of food, we educate people and communities and we inspire them to come together as one voice to lobby governments and businesses to make positive, lasting change.


The Food Revolution is a global, year-round campaign. Every May, we hold Food Revolution Day to celebrate success, raise awareness and invite more people, businesses and governments to join the ongoing Revolution.


Sign up! First and foremost, head to and sign up to join the Revolution! We’re calling on all governments to build a plan that tackles the global child nutrition crisis.

Schools Whether you’re a teacher or parent, inspire children to love food with this simple recipe and accompanying resources.

Cook Check out Jamie’s 10 nutritious Food Revolution recipes. Get cooking, pass on your skills and share your own versions of the recipes online with #FoodRevolution

Spread the word! Show your support, download and share our Food Revolution assets, either via social media or to help organise an offline event.

Stay tuned for more ways to get involved and watch the Food Revolution kick off on 20 May!

Sign up and join the revolution!

European Parliament Healthy Breakfast Event

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) was delighted to join MEP Alfred Sant (S&D, Malta) who hosted a Healthy Breakfast in the European Parliament to officially launch a written declaration calling for the recognition of obesity as a chronic disease.

Over 50 stakeholders, including representatives from the European Parliament, national Health Attaches, medical professionals, patients and representatives from leading European health organisations joined Executive Director Euan Woodward to listen to prominent speakers and to discuss the urgent issue of identifying and recognising obesity as a disease.

There was consensus at the Healthy Breakfast that action needs to be taken to ensure the sustainability of the healthcare systems and the health of future generations, highlighting the tremendous difference the recognition of obesity as a disease will make to millions of people across Europe. A full report is available:

160509 – Healthy Breakfast Report EP 26 April

European Obesity Day announces parliamentary initiative

Members of the European Parliament are leading a major new initiative to tackle Europe’s rising obesity epidemic, which currently costs governments more than €70 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

The MEPs, led by MEP Alfred Sant (Malta S&D), have launched a Written Declaration highlighting the prediction that by 2030 over 50 % of Europeans will be obese. In some countries the number of people who will be overweight or obese may even exceed 90%.

The initiative calls for the European Commission and the European Council to work towards a Europe-wide recognition of obesity as a chronic disease.

“Obesity causes many other diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.” Sant said. “Better prevention and treatment of obesity will provide tangible healthcare system savings, as well as reducing the suffering of the millions affected.”

Speaking at a Healthy Breakfast event, held for MEPs at the European Parliament to launch the Declaration on 26 April, Mr Sant stressed that obesity is complex and is caused by many factors, including medical, cultural and socioeconomic dynamics.

“This being the case, there is an urgent need to recognise obesity as a disease in order to ensure better mobilisation of resources when it comes to the prevention, treatment and care of the disease,” he said.

Among other speakers at the event were Dr Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU; Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, President Elect of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO); and Ellen Govers from the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians.

The World Health Organization says that both societies and governments need to act to curb the growing obesity epidemic. “National policies should encourage and provide opportunities for greater physical activity, and improve the affordability, availability and accessibility of healthy foods. They should also encourage the involvement of different government sectors, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders,” says WHO.

The MEPs who have jointly initiated the Written Declaration with Mr Sant are Enrico Gasbarra (S&D), Marc Tarabella (S&D), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD), Patricija Šulin (PPE), Giovanni La Via (PPE), Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE), Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE), Edward Czesak (ECR), and Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL).

The Healthy Breakfast event was held in conjunction with EASO as one of the initiatives held in the run up to European Obesity Day, which takes place this year on 21 May, 2016. For more information about European Obesity Day, please visit the EOD2016 website

EASO Joint Statement on NAFLD Published

The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) propose recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients and are the product of a joint effort by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO). They update a position statement based on the 2009 EASL Special Conference  

NoHoW Project Newsletter: February 2016

EASO is pleased to share the NoHoW February Newsletter. NowHow is an important European project focusing on the evidence around weight loss maintenance. Read more and visit the NoHoW Project website:

Learning more about weight loss maintenance – what works and what doesn’t work?

3b979e6e-d2df-46e9-9f3a-9508ddd16ad4The best way to help people lose weight and keep it off is to develop programmes based on solid evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. NoHoW researchers will build the evidence base needed to put WLM research on a firm scientific footing. Read more here.

Meet our colleagues in Aarhus and Newcastle who are building the NoHoW evidence.

The NoHoW Toolkit for Weight Loss Maintenance

8e255bd8-ba05-463e-8e06-cb5558e14434We’ll create the NoHoW Toolkit based on what we already know about theories, methods, and evidence-based techniques of health behavior change, and what we learn about WLM during the project. This includes how technology can be best used to successfully support behavior change and maintenance …… read more here.

Meet the teams from Aberdeen, Coimbra, Helsinki who are helping to put it all together.

How will we test if the Toolkit works?

28607759-fa72-402f-abf3-930647ba9d36The Toolkit will ultimately include a set of web-based tools, mobile apps, and inputs from other technologies, such as smart scales and activity trackers. Once we’ve put the it together, we’ll test it to see how it works through an intervention research study.

Meet the teams in Copenhagen, Derby and Lisbon who’ll test the NoHoW Toolkit for us.

EASO Newsletter January 2016

News from our 2016 Congress, EOS2016

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Thanks to all colleagues who submitted symposia suggestions and abstracts. We received a record number of submissions and authors will be informed of the status of their abstract by mid-February. In the meantime, the main scientific programme is regularly updated on the congress website.

Gothenburg has a lot to offer outside the congress. After some intensive scientific discussion you might like to visit the vibrant city centre, take a boat trip or let your hair down at the fairground!


c43248df-8a65-4680-b2d6-d548e9edf8dbEOS2016 Speaker Spotlight: Ruth Loos, PhD

Ruth Loos, PhD will participate in a review session on ‘personalised treatment of obesities’, giving a lecture on epigenetics. She will also coordinate a teaching workshop on the topic.

Read more about Ruth.

Country Spotlight: Italy


For EASO one of the most memorable moments of 2015 occurred on 6 June, when the Milan Declaration was formally presented during the Milan Expo in Italy. Read more.

European Obesity Day 2016

European Obesity Day 2016

Save the Date for European Obesity Day, 21 May 2016

Action for a Healthier Europe

At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016. #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe. Read more.

Obesity Facts

obesity facts

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 1 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

Festive FoodPatient Council Spotlight: Healthy Eating with Solveig Sigurdardottir

Patient Council Steering Committee member Sólveig Sigurðardóttir was recently interviewed by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service – Ríkisútvarpið. Read more.

EASO RoundtableEASO Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable

On 13th January 2016 EASO convened a Roundtable meeting in Brussels on obesity in Europe. More than 30 stakeholders took part in the discussions, including medical professionals, patients, representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Members from the European Parliament (MEPs), and some of the leading European organisations involved in the many illnesses for which obesity is a gateway disease. Read the full report.

European Obesity Day

Save the date: 21 May 2016

At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016.  #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe. At the Roundtable, there was affirmation across sectors for a joint programme of activities and events which will support an awareness and advocacy programme in each country and around Europe. During the coming weeks, EASO will launch an EOD website, and hope that you will use the Twitter hashtag #EOD2016 when you refer to the day using social media communications.

For more information see:

Spotlight project research published

Research from the Spotlight project is published in a series of papers in a special issue of the scientific journal Obesity Reviews.

“This collection of papers provides a robust evidence base for policy-makers,”

Said the issue co-editor, Dr Harry Rutter of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“It provides the latest systematic reviews of the literature along with new survey data and analyses across a range of European urban neighbourhoods. We have known for some years that where a person lives will affect their health, and now we can see more clearly exactly how that happens in practice, and what we need to do about it.”

Obesity Reviews special issue: The SPOTLIGHT project (Vol 17, Supplement 1) is published at:

EASO Newsletter December 2015

Help us to design a programme you want to see!

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Submit your Abstract

Be a part of the official congress programme and submit your abstract before the submission deadline of Friday 15th January 2016.  Abstract submission is free and we encourage all colleagues with an interest in obesity to submit.

View the main programme topics to see where your work will best fit. The main scientific programme is regularly updated on the congress website.

EOS 20162016 EASO Awards: Applications process now open!

The 2016 EASO Awards application process is now open, with an entry deadline of 15 January 2016. The following EASO awards will be presented at EOS2016, EASO’s 2016 European Obesity Summit:

  • EASO New Investigator Awards (Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research)
  • EASO New Investigators United Best Thesis Award
  • EASO Travel Grants

Download the 2016 Awards Criteria document for guidance, and use the 2016 EASO Awards Application Form to submit your application.

OMTF Guidelines Just Published


The EASO OMTF European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults are published in OFA 2015 issue 6. Read the guidelines on the EASO website.

The latest edition of Obesity Facts is now published, and is available Open Access on the Obesity Facts website.

EASO EJens Christian Holmxecutive Spotlight: Meet COTF Co-Chair Jens-Christian Holm

EASO has the pleasure this month of turning the spotlight on
Jens-Christian Holm, pioneering child obesity clinician, research scientist, professor …

Read more on the EASO website.

EASO Meet the Editor: Hans Hauner

obesity facts

EASO is delighted to introduce readers to Professor Hans Hauner, editor-in chief of Obesity Facts, the official journal of the …Read more on the EASO website.

Carlos OlivieraPatient Council Spotlight: Carlos Oliviera

Meet Carlos Oliviera, the EASO Patient Council representative from Portugal.

My name is Carlos Oliveira, I am a Captain in the Merchant navy, and I am a Bachelor in Port Management and Maritime Technologies……

Read more on the EASO website.

EASO Patient Council: A report from Copenhagen

Patient Council member Ken Clare (UK) attended the 3rd Bariatric Rehabilitation Congress, which took place in Copenhagen in November 2015 …..

Read Ken’s report on the EASO website.