IASO - International Association for the Study of Obesity
The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter
February 2011
In This Issue
Welcome & Thank you
Obesity in the News
Policy & Projects
Scope Summer School 2011
STOCK Conference 2011

SCOPE Summer School 2011

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STOCK Conference 2011

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Welcome to the International Association for the Study of Obesity's (IASO) first newsletter of 2011. IASO had a very successful 2010 across it's events' programme and EU projects. IASO is currently working on several European projects with  the PolMark project (Policies on Marketing Food and Beverages to Children) completed in 2010. The project achieved an understanding of current and anticipated regulatory controls. As such a report was published on the range and nature of current advertising regulations on food and beverage marketing to children in 27 EU member states. 

The PolMark Project


The International Congress on Obesity (ICO) is the official congress of IASO, held every four years. 2010 was an outstanding year for ICO attracting over 2,300 delegates and a total of 1,600 abstracts were submitted.  The congress was held in Stockholm, Sweden from 11th to 15th July. IASO are now underway in preparation for ICO2014 to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17th to 21st March 2014.


IASO's Hot Topic Conference, Cancer & Obesity was held in Valencia Spain from 28th to 30th October. IASO, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International) came together to develop thinking and enhance discussion across the two disciplines of Cancer and Obesity. The conference updated clinicians, epidemiologists, policy makers, nutritional professionals and basic science researchers working in obesity and cancer by challenging them with new ideas and thinking about the biological principals that underline the increased risk of developing certain cancers in obese people.


Everyone at IASO would like to thank all of it's members, delegates, researchers, councils, publications and executive committees for their tremendous contributions and support throughout 2010. We are looking forward to a successful and prosperous 2011.

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.


Maternal obesity 'linked to prolonged gestation' (Jan 27, 2011)

Women who have a high body mass index during pregnancy are likely to have a longer gestation period, a new study has revealed.


Maternal obesity can also increase the chance of a woman having an induced delivery and experiencing complications during delivery, the UK study published in BJOG found.  


Salt, Sugar and Fat Preferred by Preschool Kids (Jan 26, 2011)

A child's taste preferences begin at home and most often involve salt, sugar and fat. And, researchers say, young kids learn quickly what brands deliver the goods.


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To see more of the latest articles of obesity in the news please click on http://www.iaso.org/news/

Policy & Projects


IASO have become increasingly concerned with the exposure of children to energy dense foods and beverages. Following IASO's endorsement of the Sydney Principles in 2006 and its work on the Recommendations for an International Code on Marketing to Children, IASO have endeavoured to work on several projects relating to marketing issues.


IASO'S latest project is to develop international standards for children's exposure to food and beverage marketing - The StanMark Project.


The StanMark project aims to bring together researchers and policy-makers to establish a set of standards for marketing foods and beverages which would be acceptable to the main stakeholders. An analysis of existing standards, regulations and voluntary initiatives will be developed, and proposals for a set of standards for cross-border marketing will be presented at an international meeting in Brussels, March 2011.


The proEU flagject started in February 2010 and concludes in June 2011. It is part-funded by the European Commission's  Directorate for External Relations.



  Clinical Obesity Journal

IASO are delighted to announce that the first issue of the Clinical Obesity journal will be published at the end of this month. We would like to welcome the Editor-In-Chief, Nick Finer to the publications team.


We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Michael Goran to the team. Michael is a highly respected obesity researcher and has been a long standing member of the Editorial Board.


Career opportunity with IASO...


IASO is looking to recruit a new Editor-In-Chief for our journal Obesity Reviews. IASO welcome applications from those working in the field of obesity. Please click on the job description below for further details. Closing date is Monday 28th February 2011.


Job Description 

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Scope Summer School 2011 


Scope Summer School is an accredited course from the IASO Educational programme: SCOPE (Specialist Certification for Obesity Professional Education)


The 3rd Scope Summer School will be held at Downing College, Cambridge, UK from 28th to 31st July 2011.

This intensive course provides a unique opportunity for professionals to engage with experts in the field and understand the new challenges in obesity management. Taught by leading international experts, the sessions will involve lectures, discussions, debates as well as opportunities to socialise and share experiences with experts and fellow students.


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IASO is pleased to welcome Cambridge Weight Plan as co-sponsor of the SCOPE Summer School 2011.  The Cambridge Weight Plan, which provides a range of dietary energy intakes based on formula food products, now has a programme of research designed to obtain high quality evidence for efficacy and therapeutic benefit.


For further course information and how to register for Scope Summer School 2011 please see  our website.

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STOCK Conference 2011 is now launched... 


The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) will be hosting the 9th Stock Conference at the Danubius Hotel Helia in Budapest, Hungary from November 11th to 13th. The aim of the Stock conferences is to bring together world leading experts to discuss a focus related topic. This year the topic will be:

Obesity: Lessons from Evolution and the Environment

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Places for STOCK 2011 are limited and allocated on the basis of competitive entry reviewed by the scientific committee.


Find out how to submit your application form...

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