World Obesity Day information and resources

World Obesity Day takes place today, 4 March 2021. Share the World Obesity Federation and partner organisation fact sheet on obesity. ASO members understand that the root cause of obesity is multifactorial and requires a complex systems approach. The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO) have … Continued

World Obesity Day and the global response to COVID-19   

ASO is proud to support World Obesity Day: Obesity and the response to COVID-19. Read the Global Obesity Forum Declaration. The Declaration is inspired by calls from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to ‘build back better’ from COVID-19, to improve the health of people and the … Continued

Attend EASO’s online advocacy workshop series

Participate in the second edition of the EASO online advocacy workshop series, hosted on Zoom in February and March. This workshop series draws on research and good practices from across Europe, to explore how we can engage with policymakers and other stakeholders. It also breaks down the process of advocacy into key steps, from identifying … Continued

Share your views on restricting promotion of unhealthy products

Over the Christmas holidays, the government announced their commitment to ending promotions on products high in fat, salt and sugar, in medium to large stores, with an exemption for small stores. Subsequently, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have released their enforcement consultation in response. Please respond to this consultation and share your … Continued

Save the date for UKCO: Hot Topics

UKCO: Hot Topics will be held virtually on 9-10th September 2021 in replacement of this year’s annual conference. The event will include keynote presentations, workshop activities and panel discussions around two or three topical issues, reflecting on how the world and living with obesity have changed. We expect this event to lead to a number … Continued

New ASO grant: remote and digital weight management services

The Association for the Study of Obesity is happy to announce a call for new research or to enhance ongoing research evaluating remote and digital weight management services. The research is expected to lead to new knowledge or innovations that make a difference to the lives of people living with obesity. We have secured a … Continued


Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our UK Congress on Obesity scheduled to be held in Belfast this September. We are currently considering alternatives and will update you on plans as soon as possible.

Report on the 2019 holiday activities and food programme

The findings from an evaluation of the 2019 holiday activities and food (HAF) programme have now been published by the Department of Education. This is particularly relevant in light of recent campaigns to extend school holiday food provision. You can also read a relevant literature review. Read report

Read the latest policy brief on childhood obesity

The WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity published a comprehensive framework for action in its 2016 report Ending Childhood Obesity. The World Obesity Federation held a series of virtual meetings with a group of key childhood obesity stakeholders, focused on assessing the implementation of ECHO’s six key areas of action. The meeting was to identify … Continued