Support for members and people living with obesity during the COVID-19 outbreak

We know that ASO members and the people living with obesity who they support are facing challenging, distressing and unprecedented times. As a community, we want to share information, support and ideas to help minimise the negative impacts of this pandemic and ensure that we are all able to care for each other. If you have anything to add to this list, please get in touch with the ASO Office.


COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database and resources

Sign-up to provide your expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impacts

The Lancet Coronavirus Resource Centre

European Patients Forum COVID-19 Resource Point

More research and information about COVID-19 and obesity can be found here


Resources for people and patients living with obesity

COVID-19 resources for people and patients living with obesity, from EASO-ECPO

Infographics/posters for practical advice to maintain health during COVID-19 from EASO-ECPO

EASO information on COVID-19

Obesity UK has a statement on its homepage

Obesity UK runs several Facebook groups, all reachable via its FB page @Obesityuk

Obesity UK is running several online support groups for members who have had Bariatric surgery. Contact [email protected] for details


Campaigns to support

Children First Alliance petition to government to feed children this summer

Sustain's joint letter urging government to keep feeding children during school holidays

Sustain’s Emergency: Urgent Action on Food

Donate to Chefs in Schools to keep free school meals going

How the Sustain alliance is helping to ensure people get the food they need during the COVID-19 outbreak


Tips for working from home

How to sit correctly

Posture tips for laptop users


Healthy mind and body tips

Be Active, Stay Healthy videos to help people stay active whilst at home, from Professor Rachel Batterham, UCL. These exercises can be done at home in a small space and do not need any special equipment:

  1. Older adults, or people who are less active
  2. Active adults
  3. Children and young people

Coronavirus and mental wellbeing advice from NHS One You

Healthy recipes on a budget from Jack Munroe

Cooking with tins recipes from BBC Food

Tips from the WHO for staying physically active during self-quarantine

Recipe collections from the BDA

Eat better from NHS One You

Eat well for less from NHS One You


Keeping children active

Free music and activity resources from Out of the Ark Music

Free singing activities from NYCOS

Andy’s Wild Workouts (CBeebies)

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Tips on involving children in cooking from the BDA

Growing an organic garden with kids from garden organic