The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

November 2013



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


  • News update from IASO's Executive Director;   
  • Final call for ICO 2014 abstract submissions;  
  • Register at the early bird rate for ICO 2014;  
  • Save the date - SCOPE School 2014;
  • Mexico soft drink tax legislation;
  • WHO consultation - Maternal, Infant and Young Children;   
  • IASO policy activities around the world; 
  • IASO launches advocacy toolkit;   
  • Obesity data updates in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg and Romania;
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News;
  • Obesity Facts - open access journal.  


News from IASO's Executive Director 

Last month we held two events, one on the metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese and another on diabetes and obesity. Both were very successful. It is a busy time of year for regional obesity events as well. The 7th Asia-Oceania Congress of Obesity took place in Bandung, Indonesia last week and was well attended with around 450 participants. Obesity Week, the first event where The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery are co-locating their Annual Meetings, is set to launch with a bang next week in Atlanta, Georgia.

I am sure that you are all aware of ICO 2014 taking place in March next year, but just in case you have missed it you can view the programme, register your attendance or submit an abstract here. The deadline for submitting abstracts is on Thursday 7th November. If you are planning on presenting your work at our International Congress then don't miss out - submit your abstract here.

Last month we launched our Advocacy Toolkit and since its launch it has been received well by organisations and individuals looking for advice on how to become more active in preventing and managing obesity. We also have a number of updates in our Obesity Data Portal ready for you to explore.

So, read on for more news and please pass this email on to your colleagues who might be interested in finding out more about what is going on in the world of obesity.

Chris Signature
Chris Trimmer
Executive Director

ICO 2014 


International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 
Abstracts: FINAL CALL!  
Abstract submissions close on Thursday 7th November! Abstracts will be accepted for Poster Presentations or as 15 minute Oral Presentations. View the guidelines and submit your abstract here.

Registration is now open! Register before the 11th December to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rates. Complete your registration here.  



Registered participants can enjoy discounted travel with Qatar Airways and Lufthansa, our airline partners. Find out about their special packages and promo codes here.   



Together with our appointed conference organiser, Console Communications, hotel block bookings have been made at various hotels in Kuala Lumpur city centre and close to the congress venue. View the attractive room rates here. For more information regarding accommodation please contact Console directly at ico2014@console.com.my.


Social Programme:  

Limited tickets are available for the ICO 2014 Gala Dinner. The dinner will include a luxurious seven course Chinese menu and will provide ample opportunity to network with speakers and top industry stakeholders. Book your place at the ICO 2014 social sessions when registering. To view all of the social sessions and to book a place on pre and post congress tours please visit the website here.


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


Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obese - 13th Stock Conference

The 13th Stock Conference held in Punta Cana was a great success and featured much discussion and debate on the often mentioned 'Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obese'. To view the conference programme please visit our website here. Keep an eye out for the conference summary that will appear in Obesity Reviews in the next couple of months.  

Diabetes, Obesity and You - Hot Topic Conference

This conference was held in joint partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and was a huge success. The conference attracted a large number of delegates from a diverse range of occupations including practice nurses, public health researchers and diabetes and endocrinology consultants. Featured workshops included; 'Bariatric Surgery in the Obese Type 2 Diabetic' and 'Diet and lifestyle interventions for weight loss'. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event. 




We are pleased to announce that our next SCOPE School will take place in London, UK from 27th - 28th October 2014. This SCOPE School will be a two day conference focussing on 'Integrating Primary and Private Care into Obesity Management'. Further details including confirmed speakers, talks and registration information will be available in the coming months.

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

UPDATE - Mexico soft drink tax legislation

Last month we reported that IASO's policy group, the International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF) supported the Mexican consumer movement El Poder del Consumidor, in their bid to persuade the Mexican government to pass legislation taxing soft drinks. We are pleased to report that both the lower congress and the senate voted in favour of a 1 peso per liter tax on sugar sweetened beverages and an 8% tax on junk food, despite significant protest from other stakeholders. The senate vote had 75 in favour, 2 against and 54 no shows. See more here.   


WHO consultation - Maternal, Infant and Young Children 

Earlier this month we submitted a joint response with the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) to a WHO Consultation on indicators for the Global Monitoring Framework for Maternal, Infant and Young Children. We were supportive of the proposed indicators and the opportunity to align this work with WHO's work on NCDs. We made a recommendation for further indicators that address the social environmental drivers of childhood overweight and obesity, such as consumption of processed foods and sugar-sweetened soft drinks. For example, we would support indicators on soft drink consumption and regulations to restrict children's exposure to food and beverage marketing. Our response is available here


IASO policy activities around the world

Following IASO's well-received policy conference in New York in September, policy staff have been representing IASO at conferences and meetings around the world, speaking and advising on issues such as childhood obesity, food marketing, the food environment and 'Big Food'. Conferences included the European Health Forum Gastein and the Pennington Public Health conference in Baton Rouge, USA. IASO spoke at the publication of the Healthy Kids Report Card in Glasgow, Scotland, and provided consultancy support to the WHO Middle East regional offices in Cairo, followed by participation in the WHO regional meeting in Oman. 


IASO launches advocacy toolkit 

IASO has recently launched an advocacy toolkit containing advice on how you might take action in your area of work to prevent and manage obesity. The toolkit includes advice on writing press releases, using social media, collaborating with others and much more! Visit the website for more information here

Also don't forget that we write regular updates on new obesity related policies and guidelines from around the world - please share any updates from your region by emailing Hannah Brinsden hbrinsden@iaso.org. Updates can be viewed here

Obesity Data Portal 

This month we have updates on adult data in South Africa and Sri Lanka. In children we have updates in Luxembourg, Romania and South Africa. 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.   


Clinical Obesity...


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


Clinical Obesity Journal

Call for papers!

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. 


Participate today! Submit your paper via our online peer-review system here.  


 View the latest Clinical Obesity issue here


Obesity Reviews... 


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


The November issue of Obesity Reviews contains seven reviews covering a range of topics that includes Etiology and Pathophysiology, Public Health, Diagnostic Methodology and a number of Obesity Comorbidities. The first review, from Yvette Tache and colleagues (Stengel et al), provides a comprehensive oversight of current knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of nesfatin-1, a peptide discovered in 2006 and now known to have major, leptin-independent, effects on food intake and peripheral glucose metabolism. The second review (Min et al) is a systematic review of the factors that induce variability in the heritability of BMI, identifying age, time of observation, average BMI, GDP and economic growth as contributing to this variability. This is followed by another systematic review from Mike Lean's group in Glasgow (Grieve et al) that looks at the disproportionate economic burden associated with severe and complicated obesity. While bioelectric impedance is used widely to assess body composition of adults, the systematic review by Talma et al looks at the validity, reliability and measurement error of this technique in adolescents and children. Of the three articles that look at obesity comorbidities, there is a systematic review of the relationship between obesity and depression (Priess et al) that identifies biopsychsocial variables that influence the relationship, a meta-analysis of the effects of exercise on resting blood pressure in obese children (Garcia-Hermoso et al), and finally a review (Abed and Wittert) of the increasing problem of atrial fibrillation in the obese in which they propose an obesity-related atrial electromechanical dysfunction as the underlying causality.

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...


Our special issue on Sugars and Childhood Obesity is still available, with all papers freely available on the journal website here. In our most recent issue you can read papers showing that children with a dog in their home are more physically active (see here), and how reducing bedtime use of technology and improving sleep quality could improve obesity in teenagers (see here). Also, look out for our upcoming issue which will have the Editor's choice papers available in the area of poverty and obesity in Los Angeles, obesity and bone development and an analysis of the links between ADHD and childhood obesity. 

Submit your paper to Pediatric Obesity today... 




International Journal of Obesity...

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Impact Factor: 5.221
19/121 Endocrinology & Metabolism
5/76 Nutrition & Dietetics
*2012 Journal Citation Reports´┐Ż Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

Don't miss out on these recently trending articles:
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 recent study found a strong link between obesity and early onset puberty in girls. Researchers identified thelarche (breast development) at younger ages than previously documented and important differences associated with race/ethnicity. Girls with early onset puberty are found to be at higher risk for low self-esteem, depression and under perform at school.


Research suggests calories not sugar intake linked with progression of fatty liver disease

(November 1st, 2013)  

The findings of recent research indicated that excess calorie intake is responsible for the progression of liver disease. The small double blind study involved 32 men consuming either a high fructose or high glucose 'weight maintaining' and 'weight gaining' diet. During the weight maintaining phase men on neither diet developed any significant changes to the liver. However, in the weight-gaining period, both diets produced equivalent features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 


Overweight or obesity linked with increased mortality rate in Prostate Cancer (November 1st, 2013)

Researchers investigating 751 males with prostate cancer identified that the men that died 50% were more likely to be overweight or obese at diagnosis. Authors did note that the biological relationship between obesity and prostate cancer prognosis is still not understood, and is an active area of research.


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

Other News 

'Obesity Facts' - Your open access journal for obesity research and therapy

'Obesity Facts' publishes articles covering all aspects of obesity, in particular epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis, treatment, and the prevention of adiposity. As obesity is related to many disease processes, the journal is also dedicated to all topics pertaining to comorbidity and covers psychological and sociocultural aspects as well as influences of nutrition and exercise on body weight. The editors carefully select papers to present only the most recent findings in clinical practice and research. All professionals concerned with obesity issues will find this journal a most valuable update to keep them abreast of the latest scientific developments.

Special sections comprising a variety of subspecialties reinforce the journal's value as an exhaustive record of recent progress for all internists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, pediatricians, dieticians, nutritionists, bariatric surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists, occupational health practitioners, sports medicine specialists, ecotrophologists, sociologists, and biologists as well as prevention and public health researchers. In addition, 'Obesity Facts' serves as an ideal information tool for the members of the pharmaceutical and food industry as well as those active in nutritional research and medicine.


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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