European Congress on Obesity 2014 (ECO 2014)

ECO2014This year’s European Congress on Obesity will take place from 28-31 May at the National Palace of Culture, 1 Bulgaria Square. Sofia, Bulgaria. (

The congress will feature the latest research on obesity from a wide range of fields including:

  • Discovery and Integrative Science
  • Nutrition, Behaviour, Activity and Environment
  • Childhood and Lifelong Perspectives
  • Prevention, Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Clinical Management and Translation
  • Obesity as a Gateway to other Diseases

Experts from around the world will present abstracts and deliver symposia on these themes. There will be a series of press conferences to showcase the items most of interest to the media, and press releases issued throughout the congress.  A staffed media centre will be available on site to help journalists with their queries and interview requests.

Bona fide journalists may register for free at this year’s ECO congress. To request a media registration, please email [email protected]

Press releases will be issued covering each of the four days of the congress:

Weds 28 May, Thurs 29 May, Fri 30 May, Sat 31 May

Further information will be released in the days leading up to the congress

Learn about a recent WHO internship experience

Internship summary

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity programme

World Health Organization, Regional office for Europe

October-November 2013

I am currently completing my PhD-studies at the Public Health Epidemiology unit at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The main data source for my PhD-thesis is the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in which I have also been involved in collecting data. Therefore I saw it as a great opportunity to do an internship at the WHO regional office for Europe where the project is managed. Further, I wanted to learn more about the important work that WHO does worldwide and get a chance to meet people from different countries with different backgrounds.

My main task during the internship was working with the COSI-project. The project involves more than 20 WHO European member states and aims to collect nationally representative data on overweight and obesity prevalence of 7-9 year olds. One of the tasks was assisting in reviewing the data sets provided by the participating member states. I also worked on a paper regarding non communicable diseases and the connection to children’s overweight and obesity in five countries.

I was also able to work with anthropometric data from Tajikistan which gave me an opportunity to broaden my geographical perspective and the age range I am most familiar with. It confirmed to me that across the WHO European region, there is a wide variety of nutritional issues.

Apart from learning a great deal from the tasks that I performed during my internship, I met so many interesting people from all over the world. I enjoyed the working environment in which you work close to colleagues with different personal and professional backgrounds, which can lead to many new ideas and future collaborations. The internship is something I will always remember and value as a great experience.

Lotta Moraeus
PhD student
Public Health Epidemiology Unit
Gothenburg University, Sweden


Reliable and relevant literature on obesity to support quality care is now only a mouse click away! The Online Best Evidence Service In Tackling Obesity Plus (OBESITY+) is an exciting  knowledge tool for health providers with an interest in obesity. It’s based on the innovative McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) service, as well as the latest research on information retrieval conducted at the Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) at McMaster University.   OBESITY+ provides colleagues with the latest, best and most relevant evidence for their clinical practice on the causes, course, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of obesity and its related metabolic and mechanical complications.

OBESITY+ is accessible via (note that the site requires you to join the service, with a user name and password).  EASO is grateful to the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) for allowing us to share this resource.

Announcing the 9th CON Obesity Research Bootcamp

EASO is pleased to announce that the application process for CON’s 9th Annual Obesity Research Bootcamp for Phds, Post-docs and other young investigators is now open.  This 9 day camp will be held in Kananaskis in the Canadian Rockies and includes training on all aspects of obesity research, from cell biology to neuroscience as well as policy and built environments to clinical management and bariatric surgery.  The CON Bootcamp is now open to a limited number of international participants, so we encourage you to apply as quickly as possible.  Further information is available at