The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

July - August 2013



Welcome to our Summer Newsletter. Please see our highlights below:     


  • News update from IASO's Executive Director;    
  • Speaker presentations available from SCOPE School Dublin;   
  • Qatar Airways appointed as the official carrier for ICO 2014;
  • Join us in London for our new Hot Topic Conference;  
  • Apply to attend our 13th Stock Conference;  
  • SCOPE recommended by the Royal College of General Practitioners; 
  • Obesity data updates in Albania and Algeria;
  • Marketing to children: little progress despite the promises;
  • Catch up on the INFORMAS project at ICN in Granada;
  • IASO-IOTF to host two-day meeting at the New York Academy of Medicine; 
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News;
  • WCRF International Regular Grant Programme 2013/14;
  • Funding opportunity for time-sensitive Childhood Obesity Research;
  • 7th EFAD/DIETS General Meeting and Conference;
  • Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity Offer.   


News from IASO's Executive Director 

July and August have been surprisingly busy so far. With work on the upcoming International Congress on Obesity at full steam ahead you will soon be able to submit your abstract and register for the Congress at the early-bird rate. As a member of IASO you qualify for a substantial discount on registration and we are planning a packed programme with top-quality science presented by experts in their fields, an exciting social programme allowing plenty of time to network and meet those colleagues and contacts you have been meaning to catch up with for ages. ICO will also be SCOPE Accredited so if you need to get those final points this is the perfect event to do it at. For more information on the programme and speakers please see here.

As well as trying to keep the costs of the Congress down we are constantly trying to find ways to make attending the event easier. We have negotiated a discount package with Qatar Airways that will make flying to Kuala Lumpur affordable and pleasant (see further down in the newsletter for full information on this offer).

If you are working in the fields of functional body composition related to obesity and cachexia or the metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese why not apply to attend one of the Stock Conferences running on those topics this year in Germany and the Dominican Republic. More information on them can be found further down in the newsletter.

As part of IASO's member service, we have started to produce regular 'policy updates' related to obesity and NCD policies with regional and/or global relevance. These provide an overview of the policy and the actions IASO will take moving forward, as well as offering suggestions of actions that IASO members, and others, could take at a national level to increase the global reach of the policy. Updates so far include:

European Health Ministers Vienna Declaration on NCDs
UK adoption of traffic light labelling scheme
WHO Europe marketing recommendations
World Health Assembly adoption of NCD resolution

These are available to download from the 'policy and advocacy' section of our website here.

If you have any suggestions of newly launched policies with regional or global relevance that you think would be useful to be shared with others via a policy update, please email the details to hbrinsden@iaso.org.

Chris Signature  

Chris Trimmer

Executive Director 

SCOPE School Dublin

We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Dublin last month for SCOPE School 2013. This year saw a great course with some excellent international speakers and a great group of delegates representing many different countries. The speaker presentations are available to view here. If you couldn't make it this year, we hope to see you next year!


International Congress on Obesity (ICO)   

We are excited to announce that Qatar Airways have been appointed as the official and preferred carrier for the 12th International Congress on Obesity. Registered participants can enjoy an exclusive fare with up to 20% discount off market fares to attend ICO 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Qatar Airways invite you to experience their 5-Star service onboard, voted 'Airline of the Year' 2011 and 2012. To take advantage of these special fares, please visit qatarairways.com/ico2014 using promo code KULICO14. 


We are also delighted to announce that we will be opening our abstract submissions later this month and we look forward to receiving your abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Registration will also be opening shortly, details will be announced on the website in due course. Make sure to check with your IASO affiliated membership organisation that your membership is up to date and that we have your details, without this information you will not be able to register at the discounted rate.


The deadline for award nominations has now passed, on behalf of the awards committee we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. The winners will be announced by the 1st November 2013. 


Visit the ICO 2014 web pages here and keep up to date with the latest news.  

Diabetes, Obesity and You - Hot Topic Conference
IASO have partnered with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to offer a new Hot Topic Conference entitled, 'Diabetes, Obesity and You'. This event will be held in London on the 18th November. This one day event will be aimed at all healthcare professionals, particularly GP's and nurses. To register for this event please visit the website here.    



Functional body composition and related aspects in research on obesity and cachexia - 12th Stock Conference


IASO are excited to facilitate such an interesting and challenging topic between a small group of specialists, industry scientists and junior researchers. This Stock Conference will address how individual body components are inter-related and how the control and loss of control seem to be more on relationships between tissues and organs rather than on individual components themselves. Further information on the programme can be found online here


Applications for this conference have now closed. However should you wish to join the waiting list please contact the events team at stock@iaso.org.

Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese - 13th Stock Conference 


Applications are still being accepted for our 13th Stock Conference taking place from the 26th - 27th October in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Fascinating discussion based topics will include 'Effect of overfeeding on metabolic health' and 'Intracellular mediators of Insulin Resistance'.


Don't miss out on this exciting and unique conference. For further details including the application to attend, please see here



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

SCOPE e-learning 

The Royal College of General Practitioners is recommending SCOPE as the Gold Standard in its recognised specialist training for the GP's in Nutrition Group. NHS Commissioning Board Guidelines for 2013/2014 on severe and complex obesity state that Primary Care Bariatric Specialists should be a member of SCOPE, read more here.

The Royal College of Physicians mentioned SCOPE in its Action on Obesity Report as a programme that can meet the needs of obesity as a sub-speciality, see here. We received CME Accreditation from the ACCME for two of our e-learning courses with more under review. If you haven't already signed up for SCOPE updates you can find out more here and you can see what other people think of the course by reading some testimonials

We are delighted to welcome two new International Fellows, Rachel Batterham, Clinical Lead for the UCLH Centre for Weight Loss, Metabolic and Endocrine Surgery and Kathy James, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of San Diego. View all new fellows here.  

Obesity Data Portal 

This month we have updates on adult data in Albania (urban) and updates in Algeria on children. To view updates and explore the other resources that are now available please visit our obesity data portal page here. If you have any data that you would like to see presented please send your requests to obesity@iaso.org.  

Marketing to children: little progress despite the promises 

Advertising of junk food continues to undermine children's health despite the food industry's pledges that they would restrict their marketing activities, according to a systematic review undertaken by IASO and published in Obesity Reviews, see here. The review examines children's exposure to advertisements for food and beverages high in sugar and fat, and found that independent surveys in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America showed little change in the last five years, despite industry's assurances that things would improve. In contrast, industry-sponsored reports showed a remarkable high level of compliance with their self-regulations, of 98% or more.

The report's senior author, Dr Tim Lobstein, said: 'The discrepancy is presumably due to what is being measured. The companies don't look at everything children watch, only what they themselves advertise. They don't consider adverts from companies which haven't signed up to self-regulatory pledges - i.e. several thousand smaller food and beverage companies. They don't look at the family TV programmes watched by children, only children's TV. And they use their own criteria for judging what is appropriate to advertise to children'. 
Catch up on the INFORMAS project at ICN in Granada 

INFORMAS - the project to monitor food environments being led by IOTF - is holding a meeting of interested participants at the International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain, in mid-September. Further details available from Tim Lobstein (email: tlobstein@iaso.org). The INFORMAS background papers have been submitted to the IASO journal Obesity Reviews as a supplement for publication later this year.

IASO-IOTF to host two-day meeting at the New York Academy of Medicine 

A meeting to compare international experiences tackling obesity and NCDs is being coordinated by IASO and IOTF and being held at the New York Academy of Medicine from the 23rd - 24th September. Speakers from the World Health Organization, the OECD, the Pan-American Health Organization, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Consumers International and other eminent bodies will discuss current issues and lessons to be learned. We are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for providing an educational grant to help support this meeting. Further details available from Tim Lobstein (email: tlobstein@iaso.org). 

Clinical Obesity...


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


Clinical Obesity Journal

The latest issue of Clinical Obesity contains a report on the effects of long-term testosterone replacement therapy in hypogonadal men, showing that over a five year period there was a progressive mean weight  loss of nearly 3%, 6%, 8%, 9% and 11% after each of five years treatment. These uncontrolled data resurrect a long-standing controversial topic (addressed in the accompanying editorial) of the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone in overweight and obese men. Two articles explore the use of anthropometric measures of adiposity: one in Nigerian children and adolescents, and another, an autopsy study, showed good correlation (especially for waist circumference) with measured visceral adipose tissue weight. An important review article assesses mental health evaluations for adolescents prior to bariatric surgery finding Axis I conditions (representing acute conditions requiring treatment such as major depression, schizophrenic episodes, eating disorders) to be present in 31.5% of 200 subjects patients studied before surgery and current mental health treatment in 29.5%; reports of current illicit drug use (1.5%) and regular alcohol use (0.5%) were relatively rare. The authors call for additional data are needed to develop specific recommendations for the use of these evaluations in postoperative care.

The breadth of articles in Clinical Obesity makes this journal essential reading for all health care professionals engaged in obesity treatment and management.

Obesity Reviews... 


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


Many of you will already have seen the July issue of Obesity Reviews which covers a range of topics on obesity treatment/ prevention and comorbidities as well as three reviews on etiology and pathophysiology that cover the role of adiponecti in coronary heart disease and stroke, the role of the fast resident Tregs in protection against obesity associated disorders, the pathophysiologcal role of hypoxia in obesity and the changes in physical activity levels in native American populations over the last 50 years. For those of you new to Tregs, they are CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells that accumulate in the visceral adipose tissue of the lean individual with age but conversely decline in the visceral adipose depots of the obese as they get older. If you want to know their proposed role in obesity associated comorbidities and also want to get to know something about this emerging field, read the review by Chen et al.

The August issue of Obesity Reviews contains the second of our Pro versus Con articles, this time focusing on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the current obesity epidemic. Frank Hu argues that there is sufficient evidence to be confident of their role in increasing obesity whereas David Allison and colleagues argue that the evidence is not all there and the effect size is probably small. Other articles in the August issue cover the controversial topic of bariatric surgery for children, the role of low phosphorus status to the development of obesity and factors associated with excess fatness in children. Finally, two reviews focus on ethnic disparities in breast cancer development in the obese in either premenopausal women or among Hispanic populations.

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...

The August special issue of Pediatric Obesity  entitled 'Dietary sugars and obesity in children' is free to download here.

While much research has been done to examine the 'sweeter' food environment and its effects on obesity and disease risk in general, much less research has considered how this phenomenon specifically affects growth and development of infants and children. In this special issue, we present a series of new work that focuses on this problem as it relates to pediatric populations.


Read more in my editorial, 'How growing up sweet can turn sour'.

Featured Articles:


Does consumption of high-fructose corn syrup beverages cause obesity in children? R.E. Morgan 

Calorie-sweetened beverages and fructose: what have we learned 10 years later. G.A. Bray and B.M. Popkin

Trends in intakes and sources of solid fats and added sugars among U.S. children and adolescents: 1994-2010. M.M. Slining and B.M. Popkin   


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.  

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.

A new study has found that children who drink sugary sweetened beverages regularly are more likely to be obese at 5 years than those who don't.


Disparity in bariatric surgery (August 5th, 2013)

A recent study has found that of those eligible for surgery white Americans are twice as likely to have bariatric surgery as black Americans. Some of this difference may be due to insurance. Of white Americans who were eligible 70% had insurance but only 50% of eligible black Americans had insurance.     


IOM report outlines plan to review effectiveness of obesity prevention strategies and policies (August 2nd, 2013)

The report concluded that more systematic and routine evaluations could help determine how well obesity prevention programmes and policies are being implemented and which interventions work best. The committee also recommended specific national and community plans for evaluation of obesity prevention efforts.


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

Other News 


WCRF International Regular Grant Programme 2013/14


The WCRF International Regular Grant Programme 2013/14 cycle opened on the 15th July 2013. The grant programme accepts research applications on the link between diet, nutrition, body fatness, physical activity and cancer incidence and survival.

Applications are accepted from anywhere in the world, except the Americas (North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America). Applications from the Americas are accepted by the AICR Research Grant Programme. Only applications that meet the research principles and priorities will be considered. Visit the WCRF website here for more information. Applicants are encouraged to read the Grant Application Package carefully before applying.

The deadline for the call is the 11th October 2013. Applications must be submitted online: details are provided at www.wcrf.org/apply. Any questions can be emailed to research@wcrf.org but please refer to the website in the first instance.

Funding opportunity for time-sensitive Childhood Obesity Research 


The NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking applications for research that focuses on time-sensitive changes in environments or policies that may reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Projects should take a systems perspective and have the potential to inform the development or confirmation of community - or population-based interventions. They invite applications from investigators at all career levels in the United States and globally.   


This solicitation is for research that requires short-cycle funding decisions ('rapid response' studies). Awards will be announced approximately three months from the RFA release date. Eligible studies must be associated with actual policies or processes that are pending in real world settings (e.g., natural experiments), requiring 'time-sensitive' data collection that would not be possible if the funding decision were made on a regular nine month NIH review cycle. The JHGCCO RFAs are re-issued every six months, in January and July. Visit the Center website here for more information.  



7th EFAD/DIETS General Meeting and Conference

The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians invite you to the 7th EFAD/DIETS General Meeting and Conference, taking place near Lake Garda, Italy from the 8th - 9th November 2013.

The title of the conference is the Non-Communicable Diseases - the dietitians' response to Health 2020. The conference will explore what the profession can do and how research and education can contribute; as well as the role of the dietitians in preventing and treating NCDs using evidence based practice. The conference will also facilitate meetings of European Specialist Dietetic Networks for diabetes, obesity, oncology, ageing, public health and food service. After a 4-year-long, productive work the DIETS2 work packages will also present their products and achievements. The conference is open to all, including practising dietitians, teachers, students and other related stakeholders. Visit the EFAD website for more information here.

Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity Offer

Wiley is offering a 20% discount off their latest book: Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity. This accessible guide to obesity and its clinical management provides clear, didactic, clinically focused guidance for all healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and management of patients with obesity. This special promotion is available until the 31st December 2013. To purchase your copy, see here and input the special promotional code: VBD81.


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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