The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

June 2011



Latest News from IASO...


The 18th European Congress on Obesity was held from 25th - 28th of May in Istanbul, Turkey. The congress provided a forum for the dissemination of information about the state of the art research in the field of obesity. The scientific sessions provided an opportunity for the identification of preventative and treatment strategies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its associated diseases. Experts in the field of obesity research and management also gained from networking opportunties within the exhibition hall and poster sessions.


IASO was well represented at ECO 2011 as shown below at the IASO stand.

(L-R, Professor Philip James, IASO President, Dr Arya Sharma, CON President, Professor David York, IASO Treasurer, Editor-in-Chief for Obesity Reviews, Professor Ismail Noor, MASO President.


 ECO 2011


IASO publishes obesity policy recommendations at ECO 2011...


IASO has published a set of  "Obesity Outcomes" which it would like to see adopted at a forthcoming United Nations health summit.  The proposals call for multi-lateral coordination of nutrition policy, with a set of cross-UN targets for integrating health policies, food supply and agriculture policies, and trade and investment controls which put public health at their heart. Food supplies need to consider multiple issues, including farmer livelihood, environmental and animal welfare, and safe and nutritious products - available for all sections of the population. Market distortions have encouraged over-consumption of energy dense foods, the document states, and governments need to act to ensure food supplies meet consumers' needs.


The world's first high-level meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases - a two-day event to be held at the UN headquarters in September 2011, has attracted a number of NGO proposals. IASO's contribution will also be used as part of a general NCD Alliance set of proposals.


IASO's Obesity Outcomes Statement is available at http://www.iaso.org/iaso-news/



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.


To feel full, think 'treat' when you eat (June 2nd, 2011)

People who think they're indulging when they eat have lower levels of ghrelin the so-called 'hunger hormone' new research shows.



No Hoop Dream -  Hooping can help control body weight (June 2nd, 2011)

Based on this study, which was sponsored by the American Council of Exercise, the energy cost of hooping was equivalent to walking 4 to 4.5 mph and is sufficient for helping control body weight and consumption.



France: Unilever launches alcoholic ice cream (June 2nd, 2011)

Unilever has announced plans to launch a French version of its Magnum ice cream that contains alcohol. The new Magnum Minis which will be released under it's Heart Brand ice cream label, are available in two flavours - one with Italian liqueur limoncello and the other with Irish cream. The product is pitched as 'offering an after-meal gourmet moment with a tinge of alcohol and targets new ice cream customers, particularly young adults.


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




Obesity Reviews...



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

The June volume of Obesity Reviews includes 8 articles that provide unique insight into numerous aspects of obesity and its comorbidities. Whether you are working in public health, management or treatment of individual obesity or more interested in the pathophysiology underlying or contributing to obesity and diabetes, there is a review of interest. A review of the prevalence of abdominal obesity in Canada (Janssen et al ) suggests that there is a higher prevalence of obesity than would be identified from BMI measures alone.  Two reviews focus on intervention approaches. The first by Verweij and colleagues is a review of workplace interventions to alter physical activity and dietary behavior; it identifies the moderate effectiveness of these approaches but emphasizes the importance of such environmental factors to the success of intervention. The second paper (B´┐Żlanger-Gravel et al) reviews the use of health behavior theory research to identify psychological processes that determine the impact of a specific intervention. It looks at the long term effectiveness of theory based approaches to increase physical activity in the overweight and obese.

For those readers more interested in the underlying mechanisms that contribute to obesity and diabetes there are two important reviews. The first, by Saleh et al, reviews the role of acylation stimulating protein (ASP), a lipogenic factor secreted from adipocytes, in the site specific promotion of adipose tissue deposition. The authors highlight the recent studies which suggest that ASP may be regulated by progesterone and selectively promotes the deposition of subcutaneous rather than omental adipose depots. Then de Kort et al highlight the intriguing recent literature that suggest the leakiness of the intestinal epithelial barrier may contribute to the development of obesity and both type I and II diabetes. Suggested mechanisms include autoimmune responses promoted by exposure of immunoreactive host cells to luminal contents that lead to the loss of pancreatic beta cells for Type I diabetes and the stimulation of cytokine  release that contributes to the development of insulin resistance and type II diabetes. The potential this provides for new therapeutic approaches is recognized. 

Two very different reviews should interest those involved in Obesity management.  In this edition, we publish the first ever review (Zhu et al), to our knowledge, of the association between the weight status of health care providers (nurses and physicians) and their management practices. It identifies marked differences in prevention strategies but similarities in referral and treatment practices. It further identifies the complex interactions of demographics, professional characteristics and attitudes of the health care providers on the treatment and management of obesity. The second manuscript by Geraedts and colleagues focuses on potential new strategies for treatment or management. It highlights the recent developments in our understanding of nutrient sensing in the GI tract and the role of different G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) to sense specific nutrients and activate enteroendocrine cells to release hormones. Identification of optimal ligands for activation of these receptors may provide new therapeutic approaches.  The final manuscript is a short review by Heitmann and Lissner that highlights the surprising adverse effects of small hip size, after allowing for obesity and waist size, on cardiovascular disease and total mortality. The effect is greater in females than males but raises the question of what are the appropriate measures for assessing cardiovascular risk.

Our aim is to continue to include in every edition reviews that will cover a wide range of topics to be of interest to the very diverse range of professions whose work focus is obesity,  but also to provide outstanding reference material for those working in other fields that have a need to understand obesity. As editor, I would appreciate any suggestions for topics for new reviews that you feel are needed and would of course welcome your own contributions.

Obesity Reviews June 2011 


International Journal of Pediatric Obesity...

The International Journal of Pediatric Obesity has experienced a backlog of papers over the past year, as such we have made the move to publish almost 80 papers online to make this information available now. The papers can be viewed online at the end of this month.

Please see some early online articles below that will be published in the next print issue:

Fundamental movement skills and self-concept of children who are overweight (Poulsen, A)

Fitness and fatness are independently associated with markers of insulin resistance in European adolescents; The HELENA Study (Jimenez-Pavon, D)

Parentel use of differential restrictive feeding practices with siblings (Payne, L)

To see more early online papers please click here
SCOPE Relaunching...

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SCOPE (Specialist Certification in Obesity Professional Education) is IASO's official obesity education programme, designed for all health professionals.  


Scope's NEW Certification Programme is launching in Autumn 2011...


Scope Certification offers a unique combination of live and e-learning courses for all healthcare professionals, to promote and acknowledge excellence in obesity prevention and management.


SCOPE e-learning environment featuring:

  • Bite-sized modules designed to fit into your busy schedule
  • Series of expert lectures on a range of topics that complement traditional learning & practical guidelines
  • Interactive assessments
  • Important & relevant articles selected by experts 
  • Personal dashboard to track your learning progress
  • CPD & CME points to earn
  • SCOPE points to earn for SCOPE Certification

 Visit SCOPE online to download your free e-learning module and sign up for the latest updates.


IASO Upcoming Events

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Few places left at Scope Summer School 2011!! 




The 3rd Scope Summer School will be held at Downing College in Cambridge from 28th - 31st July.


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.


Scope Summer School has also been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing Accreditation Unit (RCN). RCN accreditation ensures that the educational content has been rigorously assessed, meets the RCN's quality standards, promotes best practice and provides effective education outcomes.  

For further information on Scope Summer School 2011 please visit our website

Other Events




The International Conference on Childhood Obesity  will be held in Oeiras, Portugal

 6th - 9th July


This conference offers an extroardinary scientific programme with International representatives from IASO, EASO, ECOG and WHO and also National and Local Governments, from Health and Education, along with the industry and Media sector.




For more information on this event please contact cioi2011@gmail.com







This essential one day conference will explore the need for a strategic approach to tackling childhood obesity and examine what a good strategy looks like. With the help of a line up national experts in the field of childhood obesity, we will look at the elements that are involved in designing a 'best practice' strategy and the practical challenges of how to focus strategic action to produce desired outcomes in a time of great economic pressure.


For more information on this conference and how to book please visit: www.medineo.org  



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

email: egraham@iaso.org

phone: +44 (0) 20 7685 2580

web: http://www.iaso.org




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