WHO 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. As our “most vulnerable population, children are exposed to countless hidden digital marketing techniques promoting foods high in fat, sugar and salt,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. A core policy recommendation of WHO is reducing childrens’ exposure to all forms of food marketing of products high in fats, salt and sugars.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition/publications/2016/tackling-food-marketing-to-children-in-a-digital-world-trans-disciplinary-perspectives-2016

EASO Newsletter October 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 symposia suggestions and 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.


obesity facts

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 4 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.


biomedicalEASO Joins Alliance for BioMedical Research in Europe

EASO is pleased to announce our membership in the Alliance for BioMedical Research in Europe. The BioMed Alliance is a broad collaborative network of leading European medical societies which together include and unite over 400,000 researchers and health professionals.


EASO COM

COMs Network Summit 29-30 November 2016

EASO has developed a network of accredited specialised obesity centres, where the quality and efficacy of care offered to patients is of the highest standard.

See the November meeting agenda on the EASO website.


Gijs GoossensEASO New Investigators United Spotlight: former NIU Board Member Gijs Goossens

Gijs Goossens’ translational research aims to provide an evidence base for future interventions to prevent and treat obesity-related chronic metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

Read the interview.


Claudia Sikorski-LuckEASO New Investigators United Spotlight: meet Claudia Sikorski-Luck

“I attended the 2015 NIU Summer School as a teacher which was a great experience. I am always amazed by some of the young researchers coming into the field; and particularly by their knowledge and eagerness to learn.”

Read the full interview.


moodfood

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.


Media MasterclassesMedia 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.


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.

EASO joins Alliance for BioMedical Research in Europe

The European Association for the Study of Obesity is pleased to announce that we have become a member of the Alliance for BioMedical Research in Europe. The BioMed Alliance is a broad collaborative network of leading European medical societies which together include and unite more than 400,000 researchers and health professionals with the goal of improving the health and well-being of all European citizens.

Obesity Media Masterclass 2016

EASO is pleased to share four excellent new presentations on the Media Portal. This video training covers themes of obesity stigma from the HCP, youth and patient perspectives and includes hot topic coverage of the latest research on Leptin and its effect on the brain.

Obesity Media Masterclass

EASO New Investigators United Spotlight Interview: meet Claudia Sikorski-Luck

Claudia, it’s lovely to meet you. Congratulations on your NIU award at the European Obesity Summit for public health. Please tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up and how did your journey with science begin?

Claudia Sikorski-LuckI grew up in a small rural village in the middle of Thuringia – a state in Germany that is also known as its “green heart”. This is mainly because its shape looks like a heart, but also because mountain and forest ranges are key landscape elements. I suppose this is where I developed my love for nature and the outdoors; even as kids my brother, sister and I went out and about in the woods surrounding our village. I attended regular primary school and continued on to high school in a city close by. In 6th grade, my mother who is an English teacher, got the chance to spend 6 months in a teacher exchange and took me along – that’s how I ended up in North Carolina for this period of time. I spent another year in the US during high school and finished my high school exams in 2004. It was during this time we were to write our first scientific summary – we were to research literature and even collect data on a chosen topic – and I enjoyed becoming lost in writing this report. I remember that my limited knowledge of research designs and data analysis limited my work and I continued researching how to gain a better understanding on my topic (assessing personalities of students who spend a year abroad).

After high school I was struck by the many options around fields of study and had some difficulty choosing what to study. Medicine, psychology, political science and journalism all made the short list, but psychology turned out to be the sought after combination of the social and natural sciences. I developed a strong background in research methodology at the University of Leipzig, which included several of my own small research projects. I also started to work as a student assistant at the Institute of Sociology, which continued to propel my path toward research and which broadened my horizons to new and more advanced statistical methods, while introducing new concepts in a sociological context. My final thesis about depression in old age provided the last push to lead me to pursue a career in research.

I started working at the Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health in 2010, where I was responsible for my first individual research project – assessing the attitudes of the general German population and health care professionals towards people with obesity. The next years were dedicated to my PhD and the project, both of which were finished in 2013. I liked the challenge of the topic – it means that you have to be prepared for questions of all kinds (like: Are people with obesity really not just lazy? What are the reasons for obesity then?) and to answer these you have to think outside the box and be open to different research areas. I very much like that my work feeds my curiosity to learn about things, gives me the opportunity to see the world and meet inspiring people and other researchers – this work is never boring.

Just this year, after a post-doc phase at the Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health and a short stay at Columbia University, New York, I was appointed professor for psychological health and psychotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences, Gera. During my PhD studies, I continued to pursue my psychological education as well and I’m in the midst of finishing the training required to become a psychotherapist. In summary, I would say that I have found a position that lets me combine research and practical work with patients and students – which I would have defined as my “ideal” position.

We would love to learn more about your home country and the area you live in now:

Even though I work in Gera, I still live in Leipzig, Germany, and I commute about an hour every day (one way). As you may have noticed from my career path, Leipzig has been the main focus of my studies and work. It’s a wonderful city to live in, it feels very open and free in general. Rents were cheap and the creative scene bustling when I was a student, and now I enjoy the art and cultural scene as well. Many of my close friends and family are in Leipzig or close by. The only thing missing is the mountains and woods.

How did you come to enter this particular field of research?

A lot of this was plainly co-incidence. The German system is somewhat directive; PhD students often rely on their supervisors for project ideas and actual projects. My supervisor was simply wonderful (Prof. Steffi Riedel-Heller); she trusted me as a newbie with a big and important project, and encouraged me to keep going at those times when I felt like I may have been reaching a dead end. After taking over the project, I simply wanted to find out more about obesity in general and naturally developed an intrinsic motivation to stay in the field. I never quite let go of other interests, such as mental health in old age.

Did you participate in the 2015 EASO NIU Summer School?

I attended the 2015 NIU Summer School as a teacher which was a great experience. I am always amazed by some of the young researchers coming into the field; and particularly by their knowledge and eagerness to learn. I suppose it is being able to get excited about things paired with passion for research that impresses me and I’m not sure I had that from the beginning. I am broadening my research fields to psychological aspects of bariatric surgery and more pathophysiological parameters of obesity stigma. I also supervise students on their thesis themes of psychological and psychotherapeutic topics in general.

What are your future career plans?

After starting my new position just a few while ago, it seems hard to think about next steps. I think I would like to spend some more time in another country and experience research practice there. Additionally, I would like to be able to secure funding to pursue some of the ideas that have been in my head for some time.

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017)

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

We are currently developing the scientific programme and you have an opportunity to shape it.   Help us create a programme that meets your needs, by submitting an abstract or symposium suggestion.  The call for symposia suggestions and 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.

 A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website.

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