The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

April 2013



Welcome to IASO's April Newsletter. Please see this month's highlights below:     


  • Registration open for SCOPE School Dublin;
  • Call for abstracts for Obesity and Pregnancy Hot Topic Conference; 
  • Applications being accepted for two Stock Conferences;      
  • Multi-level projects to tackle obesity in Europe: we need you;
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News;
  • Other events.   




Registration is NOW OPEN for SCOPE School Dublin  


We are excited to announce that we have opened registration for this year's SCOPE School which will be held in Dublin between 11th and 13th July. Please view the provisional programme here. Details of how to register can be found here. Book before the end of April and save �100!     



Hot Topic  


Limited places available for Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer


If you wish to attend this exciting Hot Topic Conference taking place in London on 16th and 17th April, we urge you to register as soon as possible as we have limited places available. Registration forms can be found here.

Call for abstracts for Obesity and Pregnancy

We are still accepting abstracts for our Obesity and Pregnancy Hot Topic Conference, taking place in Boston between 15th and 17th May. Do you have any new research that you would like to present? If so, visit the website here for information on how to submit.

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Submit your application to our Stock Conferences


Our two Stock Conferences; 'Functional body composition and related aspects in research on obesity and cachexia' and 'Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese' are still accepting applications. Please see here for further details.


For more information on any of our events please contact the events team - events@iaso.org.


Multi-level projects to tackle obesity in Europe: we need you!

Partners in one of IASO's European research projects have described the difficulty they are facing collecting accurate and up-to-date information about initiatives in Europe to tackle obesity, and they are now calling for help.

The Spotlight project (see www.spotlightproject.eu) is focussing on multi-level projects (i.e. with more than one component, and including environment, behaviour, information, etc) specifically targeting adults. IASO is a partner in the project, with proposals for building an interactive 'web-atlas' of projects across the region. But the researchers are surprised by the difficulty they are having getting information about what is going on from national authorities, professional organisations, local community bodies, non-governmental organisations and private companies. Web searches reveal some information, and funding organisations also give some information - but when the projects are visited the reality does not match the information in the project descriptions.

'While every health department, every workplace and every newspaper is aware that obesity is a major health issue, and while tens of millions of Euros have been spent on research into the issue, we find that the interventions and programmes that have been set up to tackle the problem are not keen to publicise themselves or provide some basic information to make evaluation possible,' said IASO's Dr Tim Lobstein.

'To be fair many projects are under-funded, over-stretched, and change their character as they develop, so evaluation can be tricky. We are gradually collecting the information we need, and we will be building an atlas to make future research easier,' he added. 'But right now, if IASO News readers are involved in any projects, or know of any, then please send us the details!' Contact tlobstein@iaso.org.


Clinical Obesity...


A message from Professor Nick Finer, Editor-in-Chief...


Clinical Obesity Journal

Have a look at our early view articles below and stay up to date with our latest papers.

Trends in overweight and obesity over 22 years in a large adult population: the HUNT Study, Norway. K. Midthjell, C. M. Y. Lee, A. Langhammer, S. Krokstad, T. L. Holmen, K. Hveem, S. Colagiuri and J. Holmen.

D. S. Hsia, N. R. Gwilliam, L. B. Ferrell, M. W. Haymond and M. L. Brandt.


A. Hipp, M. Kramer, B. Gallwitz, A. Fritsche, S. Zipfel, J. Reutershan and A. Niess.


Obesity Reviews... 


A message from Professor David York, Editor-in-Chief...


The seven reviews in the April edition of Obesity Reviews cover a range of interests. The titles/authors are:

1. Family-based models for childhood-obesity intervention: a systematic review of
randomized controlled trials. P. Sung-Chan, Y. W. Sung, X. Zhao and R. C. Brownson.
2. Interventions employing mobile technology for overweight and obesity: an early
systematic review of randomized controlled trials. R. Bacigalupo, P. Cudd, C. Littlewood, P. Bissell, M. S. Hawley and H. Buckley Woods.
3. Post-operative behavioural management in bariatric surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. A. Rudolph and A. Hilbert.
4. Systematic literature review of the effects of food and drink advertising on food and drink-related behaviour, attitudes and beliefs in adult populations. S. D. H. Mills, L. M. Tanner and J. Adams.
5. Association of personality with the development and persistence of obesity: a meta-analysis based on individual-participant data. M. Jokela, M. Hintsanen, C. Hakulinen, G. D. Batty, H. Nabi, A. Singh-Manoux and M. Kivim�ki.
6. The effects of whey protein on cardiometabolic risk factors. S. Pal and S. Radavelli-Bagatini.
7.  Power of metabolomics in biomarker discovery and mining mechanisms of obesity. A. Zhang, H. Sun and X. Wang.

I would remind all readers that they can go to early view (www.obesityreviews.net) to see upcoming manuscripts and the virtual supplements.

Submit your paper to Obesity Reviews today...




Pediatric Obesity...


A message from Professor Michael Goran, Editor-in-Chief...


View the April issue of Pediatric Obesity here. In this issue there is a paper on findings from the WHO obesity surveillance initiative for childhood obesity across Europe, see here. There is also a new paper from the European IDEFICS study on parental perceptions and concerns related to childhood obesity, see here. 

Follow Pediatric Obesity's Editor (@michaelgoran) on Twitter!



Submit your paper to Pediatric Obesity today... 




International Journal of Obesity...


IJO Cover

The International Journal of Obesity (IJO) provides a multi-disciplinary forum for basic, clinical and applied studies focusing on obesity and related disorders, including a quarterly pediatric highlights issue.  


Impact Factor: 5.125


Author benefits at a glance include:  


  • Quick and easy online submission
  • Online supplementary material allows you to add greater depth to your article
  • Fast editorial turnaround
  • Advance Online Publication within 25 days of acceptance
  • Open Access option: You now have the option to make your article freely available immediately upon publication
  • Increased article visibility through inclusion in the Table of Contents e-alert received by over 55,000 recipients, selected press releases, and promotion alongside related content from other NPG journals 
  • Inclusion in the leading abstracting and indexing services    

Submit your paper to IJO today...   


Obesity in the News 

Latest articles of obesity in the news...


Please note that all external links are provided for information only, their inclusion is not indicative of IASO endorsement.


Risk of Coronary Heart Disease rises with BMI (April 2nd, 2013)

A recent study on over 1million women highlights the increased risk of coronary heart disease with increasing BMI. Dr Dexter Canoy, who led the study, said: 'The risk of developing CHD increases even with small incremental increases in BMI, and this is seen not only in the heaviest but also in women who are not usually considered obese'.


Enzyme imbalance may contribute to obesity (April 2nd, 2013)

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have discovered that the 'enzyme called neutrophil elastase and its inhibitor causes inflammation, obesity, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice and humans'.


Researchers at Cornell University found that many individuals believe that foods were healthier simply by labelling the food 'organic'. They found the effect went further than simply health but also perceptions of taste, calories and value can be significantly altered when a food is labelled 'organic'.


To see more of the latest articles of obesity in the news please visit: http://www.iaso.org/resources/obesity-news/

Other News 

Experience the World's Largest Meeting Dedicated to the Science and Treatment of Obesity


Mark your calendars for November 11th -16th, 2013 and plan your travel to 'The Peach State'. In the first year of Obesity Week, The Obesity Society (TOS) is combining its resources with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to co-locate each group's annual meetings under one roof.  


Obesity Week is the preeminent annual scientific and educational conference covering the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting-edge science and clinical research to intervention and public policy. Join physicians, surgeons, scientists, clinicians, integrated health professionals and policymakers for discussions that are sure to impact the quality of life for millions affected by obesity. For more information and stay up to date on the latest, please see here.


Joslin Center

Learn how to properly prevent 90% of the conditions you treat!   

23rd - 25th April 2013 


The Primary Care Congress for Cardiometabolic Health is a comprehensive Harvard Medical School CME activity focused on practical aspects of care at the primary level for the prevention, identification, and management of cardiovascular disease, the metabolic syndrome, and their associated conditions, complications and comorbidities.

By attending, you will be able to:
  • Better recognise cardiometabolic risk factors as well as cardiovascular disease
  • Meet with national and international experts, advisors, and peers one-to-one
  • Earn up to 25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • And much, much more! 
Register with code 'PROMO1' and receive a $100 discount for all IASO members! 

For more information visit the congress website here.


Weight stigma and health: whose problem is it?

University of Birmingham

Thursday 16th May 2013


You are invited to attend a multidisciplinary conference focussing on the subject of Weight Stigma and Health, featuring presentations from both national and international keynote speakers. This conference will be of interest to researchers, clinicians, and students from a wide range of disciplines.


We are also accepting abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations on subjects related to weight-associated stigma, including, but not limited to, weight stigma in health professionals, impact of weight stigma on health and well-being, stigma in society, public policy implications, legal considerations pertaining to weight-based discrimination, and interventions to reduce weight stigma. Postgraduate students are especially encouraged to submit their work.


Abstract submission instructions and the submission form can be found on the website here.  

Please indicate if you would also like to be considered to deliver an oral presentation. Abstract submission deadline is 23rd April 2013.


Details of keynote speakers and further conference information can be obtained from www.stigmaconference.com.


Please contact Angela Meadows or Sara Tookey, Doctoral Researchers, School of Psychology for further information: stigma@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  



If you have any comments or information you would like us to include in the next IASO newsletter please contact:


Emma Graham

Publishing and Communications Manager




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