EASO Newsletter November 2016

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

Help us to design a programme for you! The call for abstract submissions is now open. We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017. We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments. Be a part of this programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.

EASO is celebrating its 30th anniversary!

30 Years of EASO

We are delighted to announce the 30th anniversary of the founding of EASO this year. Looking back on EASO’s history reveals an impressive success story and encourages all of us to tackle current and future challenges in the field of obesity.

Read the history of the organisation on the Obesity Facts website.

obesity facts

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 5, is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

We are delighted to announce that the Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS has improved further. The 2015 Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS is 2.400, compared to 2.245 in 2014.

who-urges-policy-makers-to-tackle-hidden-digital-marketing-of-unhealthy-food-to-childrenWHO Urges Policy-Makers to Tackle Hidden Digital Marketing of Unhealthy Food to Children

A new and comprehensive analysis of digital marketing to children of foods high in fats, salt and sugars in the WHO European Region is now available. In the absence of effective regulation of digital media in many European countries, the WHO European region calls for immediate action by policy-makers to recognize and address the growing challenge of marketing targeted to children via digital media.

Read the publication on the WHO website.

SONY DSCEASO New Investigators United Award Winner: Spotlight on Sini Heinonen

“In my thesis work, which is to be published this week, I have investigated the biological pathways in adipose tissue that lead to the development of metabolic complications in early-onset obesity in young healthy twins. The aim of the work was to study how acquired obesity affects adipose tissue and adipocyte function and how this links to whole body metabolism.”

Read the full interview.

Jason HalfordFive Questions with Jason Halford

We spoke with Professor Halford, co-founder of both the Human Ingestive Behaviour Laboratory at The University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN) about his work in appetite and behaviour and learned about his most recent work.

Read the interview.


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.

International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology

EASO is pleased to share information about the International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology (IPPE) in Tampere, Finland for 2017- 2018. The programme is open for applications between 14 November 2016 and 13 January, 2017.

International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology

Sven SchubertEASO Patient Council Spotlight: Sven Schubert

“A big computer nerd, I love science fiction and history. I speak German, English, some French, Czech, tiny bits of Dutch, Norwegian, Polish and Russian and am currently trying to learn Irish and Mandarin. I thoroughly enjoy a good book at home as much as an adventurous road trip. Did I mention that I love and ride motorcycles?”

Read the interview.

Media Masterclass – New Presentations on EASO Media Portal

EASO is pleased to share four excellent new presentations on the Media Portal. Learn more about obesity stigma from the HCP, youth and patient perspectives and see the latest research on Leptin and its effect on the brain.

Media Masterclasses

ViennaLocations Announced for ECO 2018 and ECO 2019

EASO looks forward to hosting the 25th annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) from 23-26 May 2018 in beautiful Vienna.

In 2019 we are delighted to host the ECO in Glasgow.

Please check the EASO website for dates and more information coming soon.