Briefing: How are COVID-19 measures affecting the food environment?

The Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) commissioned polling from Savanta ComRes to understand more about the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures to manage the situation, on the food environment and what people are eating. Summary of findings: Younger people (aged 18-24) are more likely to report changes in what they are … Continued

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

ASO April Email Update

ASO’s April email update was sent to members and subscribers on 6 April 2020. You can read the update, with a focus on COVID-19, here. If you are a member or subscribe to ASO’s emails and didn’t receive it to your inbox, please let us know.

COVID-19 support and resources

ASO has been busy collating information alongside EASO to provide support and ideas for members and their patients to draw on during the Coronavirus outbreak. Visit our web page for healthy mind and body tips, campaigns to get behind, resources and much more. We know that ASO members and the people living with obesity who … Continued

A message from ASO Chair Maria Bryant re COVID-19

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that we have made the decision to cancel our UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO) this year due to COVID-19.  In the first instance, we felt that it would be inappropriate to launch the meeting at a time when many of you will be very busy … Continued

ASO launches new monthly email update

ASO has today launched a new monthly email update for ASO members and those who have subscribed to our emails. Our regular email will keep you informed on events, papers, jobs, opportunities, research studies, consultations and news from ASO and affiliated organisations. We hope this will be your go-to place for information that will advance … Continued

New joint consensus statement on stigma of obesity

ASO is pleased to endorse and support the new joint consensus statement and pledge by international scientific organisations regarding weight bias and the stigma of obesity. People with obesity face not only increased risk of serious medical complications but also a pervasive, resilient form of social stigma. Perceived – without evidence – as lazy, gluttonous, … Continued

Cross-Party Parliamentarians launch guidelines on obesity

A group of cross-party Parliamentarians has endorsed a new set of guidelines to reduce weight stigma. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Obesity is today launching the guidelines at a parliamentary conference ahead of World Obesity Day. The guidelines are designed to support Parliamentarians to communicate and work in a non-stigmatising manner relating to obesity. … Continued