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Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
February Newsletter
Greetings from World Obesity! This month our newsletter features:

  • Guardian newspaper publishes opinion piece by World Obesity's president
  • World Obesity launches new Health Systems Committee
  • World Obesity advances obesity agenda at WHO Executive Board meeting
  • Dates, locations and themes announce for our 2018 SCOPE Schools
  • All the latest obesity research in our four scientific journals

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity

Guardian Publishes Opinion Piece by World Obesity President
World Obesity Federation President Professor Ian Caterson has authored an opinion piece, as part of World Obesity's campaign for 2018 to elevate obesity on the agenda, which calls out the fact that sponsors to the Olympics include sugary drinks companies. The piece was published by the UK's Guardian newspaper on 10th February.

Prof Caterson and co-author Mychelle Farmer, chair of NCD Child, note that sugary beverages and junk food are contributing to the epidemic of childhood obesity and that “we do future generations of potential athletes a gross disservice by allowing the Games’ association with companies that promote that epidemic.” 

The piece has already been shared widely across social media and triggered lively debates about the links between elite global competitions and sectors.

Click here to read the full article.
World Obesity Launches New Health Systems Committee
The World Obesity Federation is establishing a new committee to focus on health systems – including the funding, the workforce, the decision-making processes, the screening and management policies and guidelines, and the wider services in the community and workplace that can prevent excess weight gain and weight regain after treatment. The committee will be jointly chaired by Professors Louise Baur and Bill Dietz, and will complement the work of our Clinical Care Committee which focuses on standards and training for obesity management within the health service sector.
 
We are currently expanding the membership of the Health Systems Committee and welcome expressions of interest in joining the Committee and/or participating in its Health Systems Network that will advise on the Committee’s activities. Please contact Tim Lobstein: tlobstein@worldobesity.org.
World Obesity Advances Obesity Agenda at WHO Meeting

World Obesity joined the WHO Executive Board meeting, which takes place the third week of January in Geneva, and made interventions on the importance of obesity on the WHO agenda. 

World Obesity staff and volunteers made statements for the record on the urgency of prioritising obesity in global plans and budgets during meeting agenda items covering the WHO 13th Programme of Work 2019-2023, the Global Plan for Physical Activity, the September 2018 UN High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases, and the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition. Those in attendance at the Executive Board include the ministers of health and appointees from the 34 Member States that make up the Executive Board, the wider network of ministers of health of all WHO Member States, and colleagues from health multilaterals ranging from UNICEF to the World Food Programme to FAO.
UK Parliamentary Meeting on Advertising Junk Food to Children
World Obesity's Tim Lobstein took part in a meeting with several UK Members of Parliament, government officials and civil society representatives, organised by the UK Obesity Health Alliance and Cancer Research UK. Concerns over the weaknesses of the current regulations limiting TV advertising were discussed, and the case made for a stronger regulation, such as banning all TV promotions for unhealthy foods before 9pm or 10pm. 

The Obesity Health Alliance launched their report "A Watershed Moment" which is now available online here.
World Obesity Editorial on Stigma and Narrative Published

A World Obesity editorial, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, argues that the narrative we have about obesity and individual responsibility is making matters worse. Blaming individuals for their body weight may suit the promoters of obesogenic products and ineffective solutions, and may absolve governments of regulatory market interventions. However, such a narrative deters people from seeking medical help, and reduces the benefit they get from that help when they do seek it.

The editorial, by Tim Lobstein, is available to subscribers here.
World Obesity Data Pages
General Updates

We have updated on adults in Nepal (by age, region, education, & wealth quintile) and Malawi by region.

We also have updates in children living in the Seychelles.

Click here to visit our Data pages. To receive live data updates, please follow @RJLobesitydata.

We welcome and feedback, comments or suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us on the email below or rleach@worldobesity.org.

N.B. All reasonable efforts are made to provide accurate translations. If you find any errors, please advise us at obesity@worldobesity.org.
Upcoming World Obesity Events
Gulf Regional Obesity Summit and Regional Congress, 19th-20th April 2018


Deadlines fast approaching
Abstract Submission: 15th February
Early Bird Registration: 28th February

World Obesity will host the first regional obesity congress in the Middle East. The theme is achieving the UN targets by 2025.

To meet the UN targets for ‘no increase in obesity by 2025’ the region has to invest in effective treatment services and effective prevention measures at local and national level. 

The summit and congress will examine what services will be needed by 2025 and will examine the benefits of different approaches to weight management, weight reduction, and the prevention of weight gain and weight re-gain.  

The agenda will be delivered by renowned regional and international faculty. This is a two day congress with a mixture of lectures, discussions, symposiums, abstract presentations, posters and exhibition. 

See the programme for full details.

For further information on this CME Accredited event, please visit our website or email events@worldobesity.org.


SCOPE Schools 2018 – Registration Now Open!

SCOPE School is an essential course for professionals who are looking to equip themselves with the best knowledge, skills and tools to deal with obesity.  

All SCOPE School courses will be delivered by renowned regional and international faculty.  

SCOPE Schools are open to all healthcare professionals working in clinical practice including: dietitians, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nurses, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, primary care practitioners, obesity medicine specialists and surgeons.

SCOPE School Middle East, 18 April 2018

The theme of this course is: Medical and Surgical Management of Obesity 

Key topics:

• Modern Approaches to Interdisciplinary Care
• Human Physiology of Body Weight Regulation
• Biology of the Reduced Obese State
• Multidisciplinary Team Management of Obesity in the Middle East
• Management of Childhood Obesity
• Lifestyle Intervention for Obesity Management
• Medicating the Patient with Obesity
• Bariatric Surgery and Beyond

World Obesity Federation Members: £85
Non-members: £110

Click here for more information or click here to register.
SCOPE School Athens, 16 May 2018

Megaron International Conference Centre

The theme of this course is: Advances in Medical Management of Obesity

Key topics:

• Making a Diagnosis and Setting Treatment Goals
• Advances in Lifestyle Intervention 
• Special Dietary Approaches
• Using Medications Appropriately for Chronic Weight Management 
• Surgical Approaches to Chronic Weight Management
• Multispecialty Approaches and Chronic Care Across the Lifespan

Standard registration fee: £45/€51

Click here for more information.
SCOPE School London, 11 June 2018

Etc. Venue – County Hall

The theme of this course is: Obesity is a Disease State - Good Weight Management is Good Disease

Key topics:

• Pathophysiology of body weight regulation and mechanisms of obesity comorbidities 
• Pathophysiologic impact of obesity on liver and improvement with weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic impact of obesity on the gastrointestinal tract and impact of body weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic effect of obesity on the pancreas and impact of body weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic effect of obesity on the heart and lungs and impact of body weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic effect of obesity on the brain and impact of body weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic effect of obesity on the kidney and impact of body weight reduction
• Pathophysiologic effect of obesity on muscle and joints and impact of body weight reduction

World Obesity Federation Members: £85
Non-Members: £110

Click here for more information.

For further information on all SCOPE Schools, including programmes, registration, scholarship, sponsorship and much more visit our website or email: scopeschool@worldobesity.org.

World Obesity Journals
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

February's edition of Pediatric Obesity is now available to read! Take a look at the Editor's Choice, free to read for one month:


The following article is also free to read via open access:


Read the latest research from Pediatric Obesity via Early View.






Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
December Newsletter
Hello from World Obesity! This month our newsletter features:

  • A discount on the SCOPE Core Learning Path
  • Launch of the new downloadable Obesity Atlas for 2018
  • Dr Hamid Hussain awarded SCOPE Fellowship
  • New ORCID requirement for authors submitting to our journals

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity

SCOPE Festive Discount
To celebrate the festive season, we are offering our newsletter readers a 10% discount on the SCOPE Core Learning Path. Use the code FESTIVESCOPE at checkout to reduce the cost of the course.

The Core Learning Path contains eight e-learning modules on obesity management authored by obesity experts, and is a requirement of SCOPE Certification. If you are looking for a gift for a healthcare professional, why not buy them access to this essential course using the discount code?

SCOPE also offers 30+ FREE modules on various aspects of obesity management. To find out more about SCOPE E-Learning, please click here.

Terms and conditions: The offer will be valid until 31st December, 2017. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. World Obesity reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.
New Website Coming Soon

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a brand new, redesigned World Obesity website in early 2018. The new website will feature the key elements which sit on the current site along with some brand new content. It will adopt a more slick, modern look, and will be more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Keep your eyes peeled for further updates!
World Obesity Data Pages
Obesity Atlas for 2018
Good news: the new downloadable Obesity Atlas for 2018 (preliminary version) is now available online. The Atlas is packed with useful graphics and data but you may find it easier to download in more manageable chunks. You can download the complete Atlas (>60MB) or a summary EU version. All the individual country profiles are available online and we have two supplementary graphic documents with specific graphics translated into all 24 EU languages (see here and here).

The online interactive atlas continues to be updated weekly, so keep coming back to visit.
New Translations Available
We have translated our main Overweight & Obesity Prevalence Tables, Overweight & Obesity Prevalence in pre & post adolescent and trends in overweight in children between 2001-2013/4 images. These are now available in all 24 EU languages:


In addition, the following updated graphics are now available in English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish with more languages to follow:


More generally, we have data updates in New Zealand, Australia, China, Brazil, Thailand & India and we will make further updates to New Zealand and England towards the end of the week.

N.B. All reasonable efforts are made to provide accurate translations. If you find any errors, please advise us at obesity@worldobesity.org.
Upcoming World Obesity Events
Gulf Regional Obesity Congress, 19th-20th April 2018

Gulf Health Summit: Meeting the UN Obesity Targets by 2025

To meet the UN targets for ‘no increase in obesity by 2025’ the region has to invest in effective treatment services and effective prevention measures at local and national level.

The Gulf Congress will examine what services will be needed by 2025 and will examine the benefits of different approaches to weight management, weight reduction, and the prevention of weight gain and weight re-gain.

Keep an eye on our website for information on registration, abstract, programme, exhibition and sponsorship.
Dr Hamid Hussain Awarded SCOPE Fellowship
We are delighted to announce that Dr Hamid Y Hussain of the UAE has been awarded a SCOPE National Fellowship.

Dr Hussain is an Expert Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the World Health Organization and leader of Dubai's Childhood & Adolescent Obesity Management Taskforce, and works for the Dubai Health Authority as Consultant in Family & Community Medicine and Deputy Director of School Health. He is also a Professor for the Dubai Residency Training Program and contributes expertise to the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET).

His past roles include Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health at the University of Baghdad, Iraq and Assistant Health Officer for UNICEF. He has also served on the editorial boards of 20 medical journals including the Middle East Journals of Internal Medicine; Age and Ageing; and Alzheimer’s and Psychiatry.

Dr Hussain’s achievements include playing a leadership role in the UAE’s National Program of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Reduction, developing various guidelines, protocols and policies for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supervising over 75 university theses and dissertations and publishing around 150 research works worldwide.

SCOPE Fellowship recognises the importance and expertise of healthcare professionals in the field of obesity management, and the significant contributions that these individuals have made. To find out more about SCOPE Fellowship and view a complete list of Fellows, click here.

World Obesity Journals
New ORCID requirement for submitting authors

As of January 2018, submitting authors will be asked to provide an ORCID ID when submitting manuscript to World Obesity journals. This requirement will apply only to the submitting author but all authors are welcome to register and apply an ORCID ID to their ScholarOne account. By supplying unique and persistent identifiers, ORCID ensures that researchers can be easily and correctly connected to their research activities, outputs and affiliations. Additionally, when you associate your ORCID ID with your ScholarOne account, Wiley can deposit your author ID to CrossRef, allowing your ORCID record to be automatically updated every time you publish in the World Obesity journals.  

For more information on how to associate your ScholarOne account with your ORCID ID, please click here.
Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.883)

January's edition of Obesity Reviews is now available to view!

The following article is available for free via open access:


Visit Obesity Reviews' Early View page to be the first to read the latest research.
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

The December edition of Pediatric Obesity is now available to view!

Read the Editor's Choice for free for one month:


The following article is also available for free via open access:


Pediatric Obesity will be moving online-only in 2018, so make sure to bookmark this page to ensure you never miss an issue. Read the latest research from Pediatric Obesity via Early View.
Obesity Science & Practice

The latest edition of Obesity Science & Practice is still available to read. All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following articles:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.






Knowledge | Solutions | Action 
October Newsletter
Hello from World Obesity! This month's newsletter features:

  • New infographics and supporter's map for World Obesity Day
  • SCOPE Core Learning Path launched
  • Help World Obesity by completing our stakeholder survey
  • The latest news on our events, data and publications

Keep updated and tell us your news by following us on Twitter: @WorldObesity

World Obesity Day: 11th October
#WorldObesityDay, 11th October is fast approaching...
Support World Obesity Day by joining our Thunderclap!

We have one month to reach our target number of supporters - if we hit this, a flash-mob style burst of support messages will hit social media on 11th October. You can join the Thunderclap via Twitter or Facebook to help play a key role in tackling obesity now. 

Click here to join - it only takes a few seconds!
Interactive Supporters' Map Live!

We have now launched our new interactive supporters map, showing planned events and support pledges that YOU have been making for #WorldObesityDay. Take a look at our map to see whats going on near you and don't forget to let us know about your event if you'd like it added to the map!
Infographics available for download  
 
We have produced infographics showing the costs of treating the consequences of obesity and projected costs for 2025. These are a great resource for showing the need for investment in services that support the prevention, early intervention and treatment of obesity.  
 
The infographics are now available to view, download and share directly with your network on social media and email! If you want a print quality file of the main infographic poster, please email us and we will be happy to provide it. We have also produced versions with tailored country data for specific countries, some of which have also been translated thanks to your help. These will become available online on 11th October. If you require a translated version of the main infographic before then, please get in touch.

World Obesity Day Campaign Toolkit 
 
On our resources page, you will also find the Campaign Toolkit which is for anyone interested in getting involved with World Obesity Day 2017. Whether you are a medical doctor, researcher or policy director, this toolkit aims to provide support and advice on how to advocate around World Obesity Day.
10% off the SCOPE Core Learning Path

And finally, to mark World Obesity Day 2017, we will be offering a discount on the standard price of our Core Learning Path, which is part of World Obesity's e-learning platform, SCOPE. Click here for further details.
Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us at WOD@worldobesity.org. You can tweet us @WorldObesity and use #WorldObesityDay.

All information and resources will be added to our World Obesity day website as it becomes available and please don’t forget to sign our Thunderclap campaign!
Your Help Needed: Stakeholder Survey
World Obesity is currently conducting a review of its strategy and position. We would like you to complete a short survey to help us develop our strategy moving forward.

Click here to access the survey, which will be open until Friday, 13th October. All entries are anonymous and will be invaluable in helping us to ensure our work is as effective as possible.
SCOPE Core Learning Path Released
The SCOPE Core Learning Path on obesity management is now available!

Consisting of eight evidence-based modules authored by leading obesity experts, the Core Learning Path contains the essential information on obesity management. Click here to find out more.

The Core Learning Path is available for a standard cost of £70, with various discounts available. We will also offer a special 10% discount code for World Obesity Day, which you will be able to find here from 9th October.

All other SCOPE e-learning modules are now available for free - simply log in to SCOPE to access them.
NCDFREE to Launch Childhood Obesity Film
NCDFREE is set to launch a new film on childhood obesity titled Connecting Communities. Developed in partnership with Imperial College London, the film "focuses on the power of community interventions and solidarity to tackle the increasing obesity epidemic."

The film will premiere at Edinburgh Medical School on 13th October and will be freely available via the NCDFREE YouTube Channel shortly afterwards. Click here to find out more.
Upcoming World Obesity Events
Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the Cradle of the Epidemic

The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice. Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy. We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child. Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

Renowned faculty include: Roland Devlieger, Dilys Freeman, Patrick Catalano, Katrien Benhalima, Darmintra Pasupathy, Nicola Abate, Nicola Heslehurst and others to join soon.

Details on the programme, speakers, sponsorship, exhibition and registration can be found here.
Save the Date: Gulf Regional Congress on Obesity

World Obesity will host the first regional obesity congress in the Middle East in 2018. Originally planned for September 2017, the congress will now take place on 19th-20th April 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Further information on the programme including themes, speakers and abstract submission guidelines will be available in the coming months. Check this page for more information.
World Obesity Data Pages
The new extended country profiles are currently going online. To date we have Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, EU, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia & Lithuania with more going online shortly. These can be found here.
 
We have updated data for adults and children in Scotland for 2016, children in Wales and children from Iran based on a regional survey by education & SES.
 
To receive live data updates on our Data pages follow @RJLobesitydata
 
We welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us on the email above or rleach@worldobesity.org.
Getting Obesity on the Agenda

World Obesity taking action to ensure obesity is included in key meetings and sessions on Noncommunicable Diseases and global health

The World Obesity Federation has been invited to present on the critical role of obesity in overall NCDs at several recent meetings, with President Ian Caterson, President-Elect Donna Ryan, CEO Johanna Ralston and Director of Policy Tim Lobstein presenting at sessions including the International Congress on Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Seoul, European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon, the German Obesity Society meeting in Potsdam, the World Health Summit in Berlin, the WHO Global Noncommunicable Disease Meeting in Montevideo, and World Economic Forum meetings at the UN General Assembly and in Geneva.

These events ensure that our shared message of addressing obesity as one of the most pressing public health issues the world is facing is incorporated into broader global health agendas at a time when there are windows open to influence policies and health systems.
World Obesity Journals
Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor 7.883)

The new edition of Obesity Reviews is available to view!

Read the Editor's Choice free for one month:


The following articles are available to read for free via open access:


Visit Obesity Reviews' Early View page to be the first to read the latest research.
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor 3.689) 

The new edition of Pediatric Obesity is available to view! Read the Editor's Choice for free:


In addition, the supplement Maternal-Infant Nutritional Factors Influencing Early Onset Obesity, is still available to read for free.

Read the latest research from Pediatric Obesity via Early View.
Obesity Science & Practice

The September edition of Obesity Science & Practice is available to read! All articles are free to read via open access. Take a look at the following highlights:


Find the latest research from Obesity Science & Practice via Early View.

15/02/2018 22:41
15/02/2018 22:41  Weekly news brief from World Obesity
11/12/2017 12:07  21º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Aveiro, 24 a 26 de Novembro 2017.
07/12/2017 14:12  ECO 2018 - 25º Congresso Europeu de Obesidade, 23 a 26 de Maio, Viena, Austria
29/09/2017 10:39  EASO - European Association for the Study of Obesity
26/09/2017 18:40  11th October is World Obesity Day
06/07/2017 9:56  O NoHoW é um estudo científico a decorrer na Faculdade de Motricidade Humana e num total de 3 países em paralelo (Portugal, Reino Unido e Dinamarca), que tem como objetivo ajudar pessoas que perderam peso a manter o peso perdido.
09/03/2017 21:52  Dia Europeu da Obesidade 2017 - 20 de Maio
24/02/2017 15:15  World Kidney Day, 9 March 2017
29/11/2016 20:45  20º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Porto, 18 a 20 de Novembro 2016
26/09/2016 18:14  ASSEMBLEIA GERAL DE SÓCIOS DA SPEO
30/05/2016 19:10  Dia Nacional e Europeu de Obesidade - 21 de Maio de 2016 -
26/01/2016 12:55  19º Congresso Português de Obesidade - Textos dos Resumos - Resumos Premiados - Novos Corpos Gerentes da SPEO
08/06/2015 14:38  2015 Milan Declaration: A Call to Action on Obesity
13/11/2014 18:21  18º Congresso Português de Obesidade, Aveiro, 24 a 26 de Outubro 2014.
15/10/2014 0:00  PAGAMENTO DE QUOTAS SPEO
20-08-2013 16:46  Processo Assistencial Integrado da Pré-Obesidade no Adulto
15-12-2011 11:56  Inventariação da investigação sobre obesidade em Portugal
12-12-2011 13:58  International Diabetes Federation
25-01-2011 10:57  PICO Programa de Intervenção Contra a Osteoartrose
23-07-2010 1:00  Presença Portuguesa no ICO 2010
12-02-2010 11:26  Novos periódicos internacionais na área da obesidade
21-09-2009 23:14  Carta aberta ao Director da Revista VISÃO, em resposta ao artigo de capa da edição de 10 de Setembro, “Afinal, o Exercício Não Emagrece”.
02-07-2009 12:05  International Association for the Study of Obesity
27-04-2009 15:30  Trabalhos de Investigadores Portugueses no 17º Congresso Europeu de Obesidade - ECO 2009
30-06-2008 17:16  OBESIDADE Prevenção e Terapêutica
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