The Association for the Study of Obesity

The Association for the Study of Obesity

At a glance


  • Health and well being / research and care

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain



The ASO aims to develop an understanding of obesity through the pursuit of excellence in research and education, the facilitation of contact between individuals and organisations, and the promotion of action to prevent and treat obesity.


  • The promotion of professional awareness of obesity and its impact on health
  • Educate and disseminate recent research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of obesity
  • Prioritise obesity and provide opinion leadership in the UK
  • Enhance understanding of the prevention and treatment of obesity throughout the UK
  • Improve the quality of obesity education throughout the UK
  • Forge links between individuals and organisations concerned with the study of obesity throughout the UK
  • Support the role of patient and public involvement in obesity research
  • Connect active researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines who contribute to the development of a UK perspective on obesity.
  • Provide appropriate input on the UK perspective at a European and international level through EASO and the World Obesity Federation.


Influencing and contributing to national policy:ASO works alongside many organisations across the UK and beyond to inform obesity policy, promote best practice and act as an advocate for people living with obesity. We collaborate with many professional organisations including EASO, WOF, The Nutrition Society, BOMMS, BDA and others to share best practice, inform policy and disseminate learning. The ASO is a professional stakeholder organisation for NICE guidelines related to obesity.

Communicating with our members and the wider community:The widely respected monthly membership newsletter provides members with a vehicle to share information on national and international obesity and obesity related research, events, policy and position statements, educational resource, tools, jobs and studentships. The newsletter is also used to promote ASO activities and programmes to ensure members are fully informed. The ASO has established networks throughout the UK establishing and maintaining network meetings offer additional communication channels between the ASO and its members and allow the ASO to be more responsive to its members’ needs.

Education and Clinical: UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO) 2024 annual conference

Research: Annual research workshop for ECRs

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