The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

December 2013



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


  • Register at the early bird rate for ICO 2014;   
  • New SCOPE packages;  
  • Membership renewal; 
  • IASO's global presence;
  • IASO joins DAPHNE to develop health and activity platforms using ICT;   
  • IASO links with NGOs to propose stronger measures to tackle NCDs globally;    
  • OECD says Greece has the biggest child overweight problem;   
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News;
  • Member survey.    


ICO 2014 

International Congress on Obesity (ICO)

The abstract deadline for ICO 2014 has now closed. Good luck to everyone that submitted an abstract, these are currently being reviewed and abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome before the early bird registration deadline in December.

Take advantage of the attractive and competitive rates and register your place at ICO 2014 now. The early bird deadline closes on the 11th December. Don't miss out on this fantastic scientific programme with internationally renowned obesity specialists, update your knowledge and expertise at what will be an outstanding conference.

Whilst attending ICO turbocharge your career with networking sessions in the exhibition area, including the welcome reception and why not take time out to mingle with the speakers at our Gala Dinner. We also have a range of industry sponsored symposia and satellite meetings taking place at ICO. Find out more here.

Keep an eye on our website here for exciting ICO 2014 updates in the coming weeks.  

SCOPE e-learning
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SCOPE released six new packages last month which includes bundles of 4-5 courses at a special reduced rate. Topics include; lifestyle interventions, motivational interviewing, pregnancy and child obesity, diabetes, primary care and comorbidities of obesity. With SCOPE packages you get to take control of your obesity training! For more information please see here.


National Association Members please renew your membership now. As of December 31st, 2013 all National Associations that have not paid their membership dues for the year will be lapsed. This will mean that your members will no longer have access to IASO member benefits, including reduced registration fees for ICO 2014. If you have any questions regarding membership renewals please contact our Membership Manager, Heather Budd, at hbudd@iaso.org.

IASO's Global Presence

IASO has been active around the world in the last few weeks, making presentations at a variety of workshops and conferences:


-  IASO hosted a Partner Symposium at the inaugural Obesity Week in Atlanta, Georgia. The Symposium was chaired by Prof Nick Finer (UCL) and addressed different approaches to influencing health behaviours.


-  IASO's advocacy coordinator Hannah Brinsden ran a workshop on obesity at the Global Health Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. Participants in the workshop emphasised the importance of preventing obesity in childhood, creating supportive environments for children and strengthening community actions with families, along with making improvements to the nutritional content of food and restricting food marketing. See more here.


-  IASO's Hannah Brinsden was selected  for the Taiwan conference following her participation in the European Health Forum Gastein, Austria. During the course of the Forum, she joined other junior professionals and emerging leaders as the Young Forum Gastein, and becoming a Young Gasteiner 2013.


-  The launch of an Active Healthy Kids Report Card in Glasgow, Scotland, was supported by a presentation by IASO's Tim Lobstein. The event marked the publication of the first Scottish assessment of children's sedentary behaviour, physical activity, diet and obesity, and will be used to monitor progress year-on-year. See more details here

-  A workshop on food policies and nutrition, which formed part of the 6th European Public Health Conference, held in Brussels, Belgium, was introduced with a keynote presentation by IASO President, Professor Philip James, followed by a debate about marketing and retailing of unhealthy foods led by a presentation from IASO's Policy Director, Tim Lobstein. The workshop was, according to its Chairman Professor Chris Birt, the best-attended nutrition workshop the European Pubic Health Association had ever organised.


-  A two-day symposium on child obesity, followed by a one-day open public conference, were held in

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under the leadership of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. IASO's Tim Lobstein attended both events and made a presentation on global obesity issues and international moves to tackle child obesity to the public conference, attended by some 400 health professionals, educators and researchers.  


IASO joins DAPHNE to develop health and activity platforms using ICT  

IASO has been recruited to lead a section of the DAPHNE project, a new EU-funded research initiative aiming to harness information and communication technology (ICT) to aid lifestyle management for individuals attempting to control or prevent overweight. DAPHNE stands for Data-as-a-Service Platform for Healthy lifestyles and preventive medicine, and the project focuses on the use of advanced sensors, mobile phone apps and similar technology to monitor health and fitness status and behaviour, with the capacity to provide personalised behavioural guidance. IASO will assist in interpreting the results of the research and disseminating the results to other researchers, technology companies, health insurers and interested members of the public. Watch this space for more details.

IASO links with NGOs to propose stronger measures to tackle NCDs globally 

IASO is among 12 non-governmental organisations who are urging the World Health Organization to tighten up their reporting and monitoring proposals for assessing policies to tackle NCDs. In response to a consultation, the NGOs have called for stronger requirements to evaluate countries' coordination and planning mechanisms to address NCD challenges, and better reporting of whether national policies have clear goals, targets, timelines and monitoring mechanisms, and whether countries have devoted sufficient resources, and have the staff and the capacity, to fulfil the policy proposals. See the consultation response here


OECD says Greece has the biggest child overweight problem  

The 2013 edition of the OECD's prestigious 'Health at a Glance' report puts Greece at the top of the list for child overweight and obesity prevalence. Italy comes second, followed by New Zealand, Slovenia and the USA. Data for the report were provided by IASO staff and checked by OECD and national governments. See further details here


Clinical Obesity...


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


Clinical Obesity Journal

The December issue of Clinical Obesity contains several important papers relating to important clinical issues and bariatric surgery. Jennings and colleagues report from a UK setting on how an increasing distance between the patient's home and the bariatric centre was associated with worse post-operative weight loss after bariatric surgery (see here). The issue of substance abuse following bariatric surgery is addressed by Wiedemann AA (see here) who suggests that patients developing alcohol (and other substance) abuse represent a distinct phenotype different from those with a history of substance abuse prior to surgery, and such patients may have unique treatment needs. A third paper by Pereira da Silva SS and Da Costa Maia A reports on important findings from qualitative research on factors relating whether patients regard their surgery as having been successful or unsuccessful (see here).

Submit your paper to Clinical Obesity today...  


Obesity Reviews... 


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


Happy Christmas and a restful new year to all our readers. Hopefully you will find time to catch up on all those excellent reviews you have missed during the year!! The December issue of Obesity Reviews brings you more excellent manuscripts that include reviews of adiponectin and lipoprotein metabolism, role of butyrate in the effects of microbiota on metabolism, the impact of restricting advertising of drinks and foods to children, childhood obesity, educational attainment and obesity and obesity and thyroid cancer. The full list of tittles is:
  • Christou et al. Adiponectin and lipoprotein metabolism
  • Brahe et al. Is butyrate the link between diet, intestinal microbiota and obesity-related metabolic diseases? 
  • Galbraith-Emami et al. The impact of initiatives to limit the advertising of food and beverage products to children: a systematic review 
  • Clarke et al. The views of stakeholders on the role of the primary school in preventing childhood obesity: a qualitative systematic review 
  • Cohen et al. Educational attainment and obesity: A systematic review 
  • Pazaitou-Panayiotou et al. Obesity and thyroid cancer: epidemiologic associations and underlying mechanisms. 
So whether you are a basic scientist, clinician, health care professional, public health specialist, there is something for you to read and perhaps enjoy a quiet time of relaxation with a glass of wine and festive food away from the noisy children. Have fun and a happy holiday.

To read articles online or find out more visit Obesity Reviews on Wiley Online Library here.  


Pediatric Obesity...


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


There are three Editor's choice papers in the new December issue of Pediatric Obesity. The first editor choice paper examines economic and ethnic disparity in childhood obesity in a large sample of public schools in Los Angeles, CA (see here). The second paper is a detailed longitudinal study examining the links between obesity and bone development in growing children (see here). The third paper examines the epidemiological links between obesity and ADHD in children (see here).

I would also like to thank all of our Associate Editors and reviewers around the world who have helped us with the Journal in 2013. Best wishes, good health and happy holidays to all of you!

Submit your paper to Pediatric Obesity today... 




International Journal of Obesity...

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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.  
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   


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.

Unsociable parent work schedules linked with overweight and obesity in children (December 2nd, 2013)
The paper suggests when parents work such hours, children tended to have more behavioral problems, poorer cognitive ability (e.g., language, reading and mathematics), and were more likely to be overweight or obese than children in families where parents mostly worked during the daytime hours and week day.


Ireland: 'Healthy' fruit drinks aimed st children often contain the same sugar content as fizzy drinks (December 2nd, 2013)

Safefood said the sugar content of fruit drinks and cordials aimed at children is contributing to childhood obesity and released a survey showing the levels of sugar in such beverages.


To see more of the latest articles of obesity in the news please visit our news page here.   


Other News 

What do you think? What do you do? We need your help! 

IASO members around the world are being invited to participate in a survey of attitudes and practices in the management of people who are overweight or obese. Over the next few weeks, you will be contacted by email and asked to complete a short questionnaire. By participating in this exciting initiative from IASO, which is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk A/S, you will be helping to build a better understanding of current practice and the challenges of helping people achieve their weight management goals.

The information you provide will help the Education and Management Taskforce to prioritise educational activities as well as inform a wider audience as to current needs in obesity management. So, please complete the questionnaire when it arrives in your inbox. Tell us what you think, what you do and what would help you to do even more for your patients. If you would like to participate but think we may not have your email, please send it to enquiries@iaso.org.


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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