The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

June 2013



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


  • News update from IASO's Executive Director;    
  • Membership renewal;
  • Join us in Dublin for SCOPE School 2013;   
  • New Hot Topic Conference - Diabetes, Obesity and You;  
  • Apply to attend our 12th and 13th Stock Conferences;
  • Speaker presentations now available from the Obesity and Pregnancy Conference;
  • SCOPE certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN); 
  • Obesity data updates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Germany and Mozambique;
  • European Congress on Obesity;  
  • EU research;
  • IASO - IOTF statement read to World Health Assembly;
  • Marketing food and beverages to children;
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News.


News from IASO's Executive Director 

Chris As we come into June and are close to half way through 2013 we find ourselves taking stock and re-focussing on what we need to achieve in the rest of the year. Here at IASO we are gearing up for our next International Congress on Obesity, which is taking place in Kuala Lumpur from the 17th - 20th March 2014, with registration opening soon as well as abstract submissions.

We have endeavoured to keep the registration rates as low as possible whilst maintaining the quality of speakers, venue and of course catering. In fact, the registration fees are lower than our Congress that took place in 2010 so we hope many of you can attend (it is cheaper to get to Kuala Lumpur than you think - especially with the excellent discounts available from selected airlines when you book through the IASO website). In order to get the lowest registration fees you will need to be a member of IASO (a member of one of IASO's National Associations or Associate Members) so make sure you renew your membership with your National Association now.


Watch this space for announcements on the keynote speakers and remember that ICO will be SCOPE accredited with an opportunity to earn four SCOPE Points to add to your continued professional learning. Watch out for new SCOPE modules being released over the next couple of months.


If you don't already have the dates for ICO 2014 in your diary, add them in now so you don't miss out. If you only attend one event on obesity next year, it should be ICO!


In the past few month's IASO have been very active, notably we have attended the Canadian Obesity Summit, the European Congress on Obesity, the congress of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, put out a statement at the World Health Assembly in May supporting Member States' moves to reduce diet-related targets and indicators and urging participants to introduce controls on marketing of junk food, develop clear food labelling and consider other tools to incentivise healthier food environments (a more in depth article can be found below by our Policy Director, Tim Lobstein), and our President Prof James has been very active working with WHO and government ministers from Member States.


Chris Signature  

Chris Trimmer

Executive Director 


Registrations for ICO 2014 will be opening soon and it is important to remember to renew your membership with your National Association for 2013. As IASO is a federation of organisations who are members on your behalf you will only be able to gain access to the reduced registration fee if your organisation has paid its membership fee for this year. Also, you will only be able to gain access to the restricted Member's Area if your information has been registered with IASO. Please contact Heather Budd at hbudd@iaso.org if you have any questions regarding membership renewals and access to the new Member's Portal.
SCOPE School Dublin

We are looking forward to holding SCOPE School in Dublin from the 11th - 13th July. This is a great event targeted specifically at professionals working in clinical practice, including: nurses, nutritionists, physiotherapists and anybody who works directly with obese patients as well as students training in the area of obesity. View the programme here and register online now to avoid disappointment. Remember all IASO events are accredited with SCOPE and CPD points.

Diabetes, Obesity and You - Hot Topic Conference 

IASO are delighted to launch a new Hot Topic Conference entitled, 'Diabetes, Obesity and You'. This event will be held in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on Friday 18th October 2013 in London. This one day event will be aimed at all healthcare professionals, particularly GP's and nurses. For more information please visit the website here.   



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

Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese - 13th Stock Conference 


Don't forget that we are holding two Stock Conferences this Autumn in Hamburg and Punta Cana. Visit the Stock website pages here to view the scientific programmes and information on how to apply.



Obesity and Pregnancy - Hot Topic Conference


We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Obesity and Pregnancy Hot Topic Conference last month in Boston. It was an excellent event with lots of interesting posters and great speakers. Please visit the IASO website here to view some of the speaker presentations.  


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

SCOPE e-learning 

SCOPE is now certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). The AfN is a UK-based voluntary regulator that registers nutritionists in the UK and works with the Department of Health to certify programmes like ours that are evidence-based in relation to nutrition and diet. They have certified the entire SCOPE course.


The deadline for SCOPE Fellowship applications is the 31st October 2013. Applications not received by this date will not be considered until 2014. Please view the criteria for national and international fellows here. Applications can be downloaded from the IASO website here or uploaded directly through your SCOPE account.


Obesity Data Portal 

This month we have updates on data in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Germany and Mozambique. 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
European Congress on Obesity

During the European Congress on Obesity held in Liverpool last month our policy team spoke with members about the resources that IASO could provide. As there is so much great research going on in obesity at the moment it can be hard to keep on top of it all. Therefore in order to tackle the obesity epidemic there is a need to work together.

From a public health and policy perspective, our team took the following messages home:

  1. No one strategy will be sufficient to tackle obesity (e.g. treatment, diet, food environments, physical activity, policy), we need to integrate approaches and focus on supporting each area rather than competing for space
  2. Political will is an important determinant of policy and we need to make sure we frame messages about obesity in a way that can help achieves this
  3. Academics need to better communicate their work and findings to aid public health and policy development, for instance by better utilising media opportunities that exist
  4. Public health experts need to better use the evidence that is available and let researchers know what research is important to support and achieve policy goals
  5. The food industry has an important role in tackling the obesity crisis, at the end of the day they provide the food we eat, but we need to work out how best to manage this for the public's health and to avoid conflicts of interest

IASO's policy team will be developing a number of policy related resources for the IASO website over the coming months to try and address the need for us all to work together. In particular we will shortly be launching an advocacy toolkit which will help you, as our members, with linking research and policy for public health. If you have any suggestions of policy related resources you would like from IASO please email Hannah Brinsden at hbrinsden@iaso.org.


EU research

IASO is participating in two current EU-funded projects, ToyBox (www.toybox-study.eu) and SPOTLIGHT (www.spotlightproject.eu) which were presented at a workshop at the European Congress on Obesity, as part of a discussion on the European Commission's funding processes and what the Commission looks for in grant applications.


IASO suggested that a further meeting needs to be organised, preferably in Brussels, which would attract a number of project investigators, commission staff, and non-governmental agencies concerned with chronic disease, to discuss the future directions for obesity research in Europe and how this research would best fit in the up-coming Horizon 2020 framework for research. IASO anticipates hosting such a meeting in April 2014. Contact Tim Lobstein at tlobstein@iaso.org for details.


Later in May, IASO's Tim Lobstein chaired a symposium at the Ghent meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), which attracted a standing-room-only audience to hear how the ToyBox project has developed a set of intervention tools for reducing sedentary behaviour and soft drink consumption among pre-school-age children. Further results of the ToyBox project will be presented at a symposium at the International Congress on Nutrition, in Granada, Spain in September 2013 (see www.icn2013.com).


IASO-IOTF statement read to World Health Assembly

The annual World Health Assembly in May included a flagship debate on setting targets for non-communicable diseases. At the debate, a statement from IASO-IOTF was read out, supporting Member States' moves to reduce diet and alcohol risk factors, and to include diet-related targets and indicators on salt, obesity, alcohol, blood pressure, fruit and vegetables, saturated fats, cholesterol and alcohol.


The statement urged participants to strengthen their work to introduce controls on marketing of junk food to children; to develop clear, consumer-friendly food labels; to consider economic and fiscal tools to incentivise healthier food environments and choices; and design measures to reduce the level of salt, saturated fats and sugar intakes including in processed food and drinks and measures to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables.


The statement attracted support from fellow non-governmental organisations: Consumers International, the World Cancer Research Fund International, the UK Health Forum, World Action on Salt and Health, and the World Public Health Nutrition Association.  


The full text of the statement is available on the IASO website here


Marketing food and beverages to children  

As a part of IASO's collaboration with the World Health Organization, Tim Lobstein attended the European WHO Network on Reducing Marketing Pressure on Children, in Ankara, Turkey, at the end of May. The meeting heard how IASO is currently monitoring developments in nutrient profiling, with a paper in Pediatric Obesity (Brinsden and Lobstein, 2013) comparing the profiling systems developed by self-regulatory bodies such as the CFBAI in the USA and the EU Pledge in Europe, and statutory models such as that used in the UK to regulate advertising to children. The meeting asked IASO if it would help to facilitate a WHO sub-group to develop a nutrient profiling system suitable for the EU region as a whole. Further details from Hannah Brinsden at hbrinsden@iaso.org.


The meeting also heard of IASO's current examination of the effects of regulation on children's exposure to marketing messages. A systematic review to be published in Obesity Reviews

(Emami-Galbraith and Lobstein, 2013) has investigated the current levels of exposure in children and asks what impact industry-led self-regulation has achieved. It finds that the criteria used for self-regulatory regimes appear to be largely ineffective at reducing children's exposure. The criteria used in statutory regulation may also be ineffective if they are not comprehensive enough: for example they may substantially reduce exposure during specified children's TV viewing times but permit increased exposure during family TV viewing which is also seen by children. Further details from Tim Lobstein at tlobstein@iaso.org



Clinical Obesity...


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


Clinical Obesity Journal

Clinical Obesity is the journal of choice for clinical researchers and practitioners. It is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality translational and clinical research papers and reviews focusing on obesity and its co-morbidities. 

View the latest Clinical Obesity issue here.  


Clinical Obesity is now only available via a subscription; don't lose your access, ask your Librarian to subscribe now! 

Obesity Reviews... 


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


The following six papers appear in the June issue of Obesity Reviews
1. Skouteris et al. Interventions designed to limit gestational weight gain: a systematic review of theory and meta-analysis of intervention components
2. Plasqui et al. Daily physical activity assessment with accelerometers: new insights and validation studies
3. Oyebode et al. Use of data from the Health Survey for England in obesity policy making and monitoring
4. Schag, Kathri et al. Food-related Impulsivity in Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder - A Systematic Review
5. Onakpoya et al. Chromium supplementation in overweight and obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials
6. Wang et al. Maternal adiposity as an independent risk factor for preeclampsia: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies

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...

In the new June issue of Pediatric Obesity  there are 11 new papers. One paper found that children of mothers who smoked one year before birth (including pregnancy) were more likely to be overweight during school ages than those of mothers who never smoked, see here. Another paper conducted a meta-analysis of the link between gestational weight gain and risk of obesity in the offspring and found that excessive gestational weight gain was associated with at least a 21% risk for childhood overweight, see here. A third paper I would like to highlight is a study on >5,000 children from eight European countries that found that high consumption of sweetened beverages and low intake of nuts and seeds, sweets, breakfast cereals, jam and honey and chocolate and nut-based spreads were directly associated with increased clustered cardiovascular disease risk, see here.  


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.  

Sign up for FREE to receive Table of Contents e-alerts and never miss an issue.

Author benefits at a glance include:   

  • Quick and easy online submission
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  • Fast editorial turnaround
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  • 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 
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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.

The programme increased activity, decreased sitting time and assisted participants to lose pounds.  The study authors suggest this is a cheap but effective method of increasing physical activity and losing pounds with the potential to be implemented on a large scale.


Stichodactylahelianthus shows promise in treatment of obesity and diabetes (June 3rd, 2013)

Stichodactyla helianthus is a synthetic compound derived from the sea anemone. Scientists have discovered that it holds promise as a new treatment for insulin resistance in diabetes and for treatment of obesity.


Scientist identify biomarkers that may predict potential for weight loss (June 1st, 2013)

This discovery may enable scientists in the future to accurately prescribe a tailored programme to match the participant's genetic and epigenetic profile.


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

Other News 

'Treat Obesity Seriously' Encourages Treatment of Obesity as a Serious Health Condition,
Like Heart Disease and Cancer
The Obesity Society Releases Tools to Help Healthcare Providers Talk with Patients About Weight

Recognising that worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, The Obesity Society (TOS) is asking that obesity be treated as a serious health condition, like heart disease and cancer, to bring us closer to combating the epidemic. The new campaign by TOS, called Treat Obesity Seriously, encourages a shift in the way many people look at the disease. The effort is aimed improving access for obesity treatment so those affected can get needed medical care and treatment coverage, and providing clinicians with the tools to diagnose and treat obesity.

Visit www.TreatObesitySeriously.org for more information and to sign up to receive free tools.


Feeding Life - Society of Biology Photography competition


The Society of Biology's amateur photography competition is now open for entries, they are seeking original photographs that encapsulate the topic 'Feeding Life'. Your photograph could address a challenging issue like food security and waste, or malnutrition, obesity, and other diet-linked diseases. Food provides the foundation to life. Not only can we not live without food, but the wrong diet can have serious health consequences. Biology research and field work play a vital role in understanding how all organisms on the planet receive the energy they need to keep on living. For some inspiration you can visit their blog. The closing date is the 31st July.




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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