The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

March 2013



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


  • Registration open for our Hot Topic and Stock Conferences;
  • Abstract submissions open for poster presentations for both Hot Topic Conferences;  
  • SCOPE School 2013 to be held in Dublin;         
  • Updates on data in Argentina, Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland and Spain available from our Obesity Data Portal;     
  • Inequalities in health and obesity;
  • Non-communicable diseases: Lancet 2 day conference;
  • Nutrient profiling: defining 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' food for Europe;  
  • New SCOPE National Fellows;
  • New SCOPE video module from Alain Golay; 
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News;
  • Member Association News.   



Registration is NOW OPEN for four IASO events, these include:


Two Stock Conferences; 'Functional body composition and related aspects in research on obesity and cachexia' and 'Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese'


We are also currently taking registrations for two Hot Topic Conferences; 'Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer' and 'Obesity and Pregnancy'.  


Abstracts are being accepted for poster presentations for both Hot Topic Conferences, please send your abstract to us now at hottopics@iaso.org.  


We are delighted to announce that SCOPE School this year will be held in the beautiful city of Dublin from the 11th - 13th July. Details on the programme and how to register will be available later this month.

There's only one year to go until ICO 2014. The 12th International Congress on Obesity is being held in Kuala Lumpur from the 17th - 20th March 2014. View the programme tracks here.

In next month's newsletter we are looking forward to bringing you information on a further two Hot Topic Conferences that we have planned for 2013. Make sure you keep checking the IASO website for updates.


Follow Claire from the IASO events team on Twitter: @IASO_Claire for news or email us directly at events@iaso.org


Obesity Data Portal 

This month we have updates on data in Argentina, Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland and Spain. To view updates and explore the other resources that are now available please visit our obesity data portal page here.  


New Childhood Global estimates are under review. We hope to release these in the near future. 

Inequalities in health and obesity

A project coordinated by the London-based Health Action Partnership International (HAPI - www.hapi.org.uk) will consider how some of the European Union's flagship actions on nutrition and physical activity can be assessed for their consideration of social inequalities and their impact on the prevalence and management of overweight and obesity in different population groups.
IASO is advising on this project, having recently contributed to research on child obesity inequalities (see here) and as a founding member of the EU Platform on Diet and Physical Activity. Further details from Tim Lobstein tlobstein@iaso.org.

Non-communicable diseases: Lancet 2 day conference  

The respected medical journal The Lancet held a 2-day conference in London in February to launch its special series of papers on the nature and causes of non-communicable diseases. IASO's Tim Lobstein gave the keynote presentation on nutrition and the role of multinational corporations in the potential rise in NCDs in developing economies worldwide. He emphasised the need for coordinated governance at global level capable of holding food and beverage companies to account and setting higher standards for the nature and marketing of their products.

The Lancet papers are available here (see especially the paper by Moodie, Stuckler et al), and the presentations given at the launch conference will be available on the National Heart Forum site here.

Nutrient profiling: defining 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' food for Europe 

IASO and a number of other organisations, including representatives of the food industry and advertising industry, and national governments, participated in a meeting to hammer out the issues which divide opinion on the methods for describing the nutritional quality of food and drink products.

The issue is especially relevant for countries considering restricting the marketing of products which could undermine children's health and promote increased obesity. In 2014 the various voluntary pledges by food companies are being replaced with a composite set of criteria which will apply across all companies who have agreed to the self-regulatory pledge.

However, this composite set of criteria is different to the voluntary criteria in place in Denmark, and the statutory criteria in place in the UK and Ireland, and also different from the criteria used in the equivalent Pledge in the USA. IASO is currently preparing a comparison of the various schemes, and we will report the results in this Newsletter.

SCOPE e-learning 

IASO is delighted to announce two new SCOPE National Fellows; Dr Tina Sentocnik who is founding member and president of the Slovenian Association for the Study of Obesity and Professor Tessa Van der Merwe, president of the South African Society for Obesity and Metabolism. We are excited to share our first SCOPE video module this month from Alain Golay entitled 'How to Approach your Patient'. We have also added two new SCOPE Accredited events; 'Canadian Obesity Summit' and 'Targeting Obesity: Translating early weight loss into long-term benefits'.


View our new partnerships page here. This includes models for those who want to partner with SCOPE.


Finally, starting this month we are moving to free accreditation for unsponsored events. This means event organisers without sponsors will no longer have to pay a fee for SCOPE accreditation up-front, they only need to submit an application. Instead we will charge the attendee a course module fee to receive credit for the course.


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...


There are six manuscripts in the March edition of Obesity Reviews across a range of interests. Skov and colleagues review the level and quality of evidence of the effectiveness of choice architecture as a means to change food choices and food consumption in self-service settings. The effectiveness of interventions to promote physical activity in disadvantaged women is reviewed by Cleland et al. The possibility and role of the Australian government regulation in obesity prevention is reviewed by Crammond et al. This is followed by a review that identifies gender differences in the prediction of asthma from childhood overweight (Chen et al). The role of inflammation in obesity and cardiovascular disease is addressed by the review of Choi et al who present a systematic review and meta-analysis of the relationship of C-reactive protein to obesity. For those mechanistically-oriented, Rourke et al review the role of the adipocyte secretory protein chimerin on adipose tissue biology and the development of obesity, cardiovascular disease and other diseases. Finally a historical perspective of Lord Byron and his eating doisorder can be found in Stephan's Corner. 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 latest issue of Pediatric Obesity here.


Submit your best work to the leading journal in the field, via our online peer-review system.

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



Submit your paper to Pediatric Obesity today... 




International Journal of Obesity...


IJO Cover

A pick of our recent key papers:

Infant antibiotic exposures and early-life body mass

Area-level deprivation and adiposity in children: is the relationship linear?

The link between obesity and low circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations: considerations and implications

Obesity-associated gut microbiota is enriched in Lactobacillus reuteri and depleted in Bifidobacterium animalis and Methanobrevibacter smithii

Safety, tolerability and sustained weight loss over 2 years with the once-daily human GLP-1 analog, liraglutide

Timing of food intake predicts weight loss effectiveness

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.

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.


Likelihood of C-section rises with BMI  (March 5th, 2013)

Overweight and obese mothers to be at greater risk of cesarean sections.          


UK: Charity announce Diabetes rates have reached 3 million (March 4th, 2013)

Diabetes UK have released new figures suggesting over 3 million have been diagnosed with Diabetes and a further 850,000 individuals are understood to have undiagnosed diabetes in the UK.


Research has found that bariatric patients can improve their long term success with pre and post-operative counselling to increase physical activity.


Article available here (subscription required).  


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

Member Association News 
ECO 2013ECO2013, 12th - 15th May 2013 - Liverpool, UK

The aim of EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity) is to support excellence in obesity science across Europe and to facilitate the exchange of ideas, methodological innovations, and new advances across the obesity field. At the centre of this is interdisciplinary collaboration built on the platform of European Framework funding. The congress will encourage discussion and debate, to help delegates think in innovative ways about how to work together to develop effective interventions; and to encourage researchers in all aspects of obesity to collaborate on research ideas, particularly in relation to the next EU Framework grant scheme, Horizon 2020.

The congress programme will feature special workshops to help delegates plan for Horizon2020 and one of EASO's key European partners, the European Biotechnology Network is very pleased to host a series of funding surgeries throughout the conference. These surgeries will:
  • Enable conference attendees to understand where their research fits into international funding programmes
  • Understand how you manage research towards its destination, through partnership and long term planning
  • Look at the practicalities of different funding programmes - do they suit you and what should you expect to commit for success?  
20 minute meeting slots will be available for any conference attendee, on a first come, first served basis - with registration launched in January 2013. We look forward to assisting the development of partnerships across sectors and organisation types, to deliver research to the patient and market.  Further information will be sent to registered delegates shortly before the congress.

Participating in ECO2013 will enhance your knowledge and give you the opportunity to learn from and network with leading European and global experts in our field. The ECO2013 scientific programme features invited presentations in the form of Plenary Lectures, Review Sessions, Workshops and Meet the Expert sessions.   

To find out more about the quality of ECO programmes, you can:

View ECO2012 Speaker Podcasts (developed in partnership with EUFIC)
Visit the ECO2013 website to register and for regular programme updates.

3rd Canadian Obesity Summit | The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC | Wednesday 1st May - Saturday 4th May, 2013


The Canadian Obesity Network is pleased to invite you to attend the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit, Canada's only interdisciplinary conference on obesity. The Canadian Obesity Network is dedicated to the prevention and management of obesity and the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit will focus on improving health systems and services, developing evidence-based policies to prevent obesity and clinical approaches for the management of obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. 

For more information please visit the Canadian Obesity Summit website.   



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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