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Message from the ASO Chair

I can’t believe that in September 2016 it will be 2 years since becoming Chair of ASO! We are now in the final planning stages for our 3rd Annual UK Congress UKCO2016 which will be held in Nottingham on 19-20th of September and I hope to meet many of you there. I would like to thank the local organising committee led by Professor Ian McDonald and Dr Judy Swift who have developed an impressive programme focussed on the theme of partnership working and one that includes tracks of basic, clinical and behavioural science and public health.

Over the last year we have established the ASO Adult Centres for Obesity Management (COM’s) network to provide opportunities for networking, sharing good practice and developing collaborations to enhance the management of people with obesity. To date we have 25 centres who have registered as members many of whom have expressed enthusiasm for a dedicated event which we are currently planning. If you are interested in joining then please get in touch by email

ASO is a member of Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) which is a coalition of 30 national organisations which have come together to represent the unified voice of the public health sector on issues relating to overweight and obesity in the UK. We seek to share expertise and to support government in tackling the complex issue of overweight and obesity. The OHA is the first coalition of its size to support the long term goal of tackling obesity across the life course.

The ASO contributed to the joint position statement which outlines ten urgent population-level policy interventions for government, retailers and health professionals. It is believed these measures, implemented in conjunction, will reduce rates of overweight and obesity and address the social inequality and cultural differences in overweight and obesity prevalence. This is accessible at:

Going forward we are exploring opportunities of establishing a UK wide group to represent the Patients voice and inform research, practice and policy, as this is currently an important omission within the UK. I will keep you posted on developments, however do get in touch if you have thoughts on this.
If you have thoughts and ideas that you would like to share with the Trustees of the Association, do not hesitate to contact me, any of the Trustees or Marco Presutto, ASO Secretariat.
On behalf of the ASO Trustees I would like to wish you a great summer and look forward to seeing you at UKCO2016!

Pinki Sahota, ASO Chair

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