New resource for obesity community and media tackles weight bias, obesity stigma

We are pleased to announce that the USA Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has released its new online library of stock images that showcase people with obesity in a positive light.  This new gallery contains 500 images that help refocus the perception of obesity, and will have approximately 4,000 free stock images online by 2017.

Access the OAC gallery.

Access the EASO Media Resource links.

Austrian Obesity Association – Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce that the Austrian Obesity Association has issued a Call for Abstracts for the 17th Annual Meeting 2016 in Innsbruck. You are cordially invited to attend. The Deadline for receiving abstracts is 1 June 2016.

Join us at Ausbildungszentrum West für Gesundheitsberufe der Tirol Kliniken GmbH in 6020 Innsbruck, from 21 to 22 October 2016.

You are welcome to submit abstracts on any of the following topics:

  • Obesity & employment
  • Obesity in childhood and adolescence
  • Obesity and body weight at an old age
  • Kinesitherapy
  • Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Genetics
  • Health policy
  • Body weight problems in diabetes treatment
  • Integrated treatment and interdisciplinary therapy
  • Guidelines
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Practical aspects
  • Public health
  • Social aspects
  • Risk factors
  • Special diet
  • Therapy
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Psychosocial behaviour

Find us at You are kindly requested to submit your abstract to [email protected], using this form – Abstractformular Adipositas 2016

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:

5 Key Propositions for GPs

Focus on communicating with and motivating your patient. Communication and motivation are key to any productive relationship between doctor and patient, and is particularly important with obese patients. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an appropriate, efficient technique to help patients with lifestyle changes. It is patient centred, respectful, free from judgment and provides full empathy. With open questions and valorisation, GPs will then be able to help patients identify and work on their issues, express his or her suffering, and define his or her own solutions.

No stigmatisation. GPs must not stigmatise, whether related to gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status or personal morphology. This is important for all obese patients and is particularly crucial for children and adolescents, who are stigmatised at school, resulting in a tremendous amount of suffering.

Empower the patient to become his own specialist. The GP should encourage and support the patient to identify and select the areas in which he will be willing to work and in which he is capable of successful behaviour change.

Physicians should be educated in specific psychological aspects relevant to obesity and should investigate psychological aspects with the obese patient from the initial consultation. Continuing education can provide GP training. The GP must look in particular at eating disorders and depression, and should also work with patients on self-esteem, self affirmation and wellbeing. Where appropriate, adjunct psychological support should be engaged. This proposition will also apply to working with children and adolescents.

Physical Activity is highly important for obese patients. In basic management, physicians should recall that regular physical activity prescription is a key factor in preventing complications, as an active obese patient has a lower risk of premature mortality when compared to a sedentary normal weight patient.

Obesity: An Underestimated Threat

A public perception survey conducted in seven European countries by independent strategic insight agency Opinium, in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and with the support of Medtronic.

Survey across seven European countries reveals low public awareness of the adverse effects of obesity

Despite it being well known that obesity is becoming a growing problem in Europe, the general public is still largely unaware of its significance, or of the fact that many of them are already at risk.

This survey, conducted among 14,000 people in seven EU countries, has revealed a large number of people who are oblivious to some of the important health implications, the causes and treatment of obesity, and even of how levels of weight relate to themselves.

Read the full report.