Funding for COVID-19 research

The British Academy is offering research grants of up to £10,000 to humanities and social science researchers working on COVID-19. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27 May 2020 and outcomes will be notified by 30 June 2020. Find out more

EASO Webinar on overweight and obesity as risk factors for COVID-19

The EASO OMTF and COMs Network will host a webinar on Friday 8 May at 1400 hrs CET, to address the topic of overweight and obesity as risk factors for COVID-19.  Your participation is welcomed, please also share this invite with colleagues and network members. Further information Registration  

Big Data in Obesity Research

A collection of articles from the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity, directed by ASO member Dr Michelle Morris, has been published in the International Journal of Obesity. The Network hosted a series of seminars and workshops which brought together International experts to better understand what has been done to date and what the potential is … Continued

Press Release: Time to close loopholes in ASA junk food advertising rules

The ASA has upheld complaints against two ads found close the entrances of primary schools – for a Burger King Whopper Junior meal and McDonald’s Cadbury Flake McFlurry and Mini McFlurry ice creams. In both cases, the adverts breached guidance not to place HFSS ads within 100m of primary or secondary schools, which would indicate … Continued

New report: The role of marketing in promoting a fit and healthy childhood

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has called upon the Government to ditch its time-honoured ‘voluntary approach’ to food and drink marketing in the interests of children’s health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the adverse impact of aggressive HFSS food marketing on children’s eating and drinking habits. Public … Continued

Event: Reformulating our obesogenic environment. Can it improve our health?

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland and the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK) Northern Ireland Network. Tuesday 13th, November, Dublin. The event will highlight how reformulating our obesogenic environments can create positive behaviours to promote a healthy … Continued

World Obesity Day – End Weight Stigma & Discrimination

To coincide with World Obesity Day and the theme of weight stigma and discrimination, Dr Stuart Flint (Leeds Beckett University) has kindly produced an updated ASO statement on this subject. The ASO are very grateful to Stuart for leading this initiative and his efforts to raise awareness of the widespread discrimination and stigma that exists. … Continued