EASO is a leading biomedical association in Europe with networks in over 30 countries. In official relations with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, EASO plays a major role in EU/WHO projects, has dynamic and active Task Forces, organises educational activities throughout the region and hosts the annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO)
Established in 1986, EASO aims to promote research into obesity, facilitate contact between individuals and organisations, and promote action that tackles the epidemic of obesity. EASO now has 30 member associations representing more than 4000 individuals in 31 countries. Members come from a wide range of professions and include clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals working in the field of obesity research and education, opinion leaders and advocacy groups, health related organisations, governments, policy makers, representatives of UN Bodies and the international community.
The Objects of EASO are:
- To promote the preservation and protection of health and relief of sickness for the public benefit in the field of obesity and its related disorders
- To promote research, the dissemination of the results of such research and exchange of scientific information in the field of obesity within Europe
- To develop a deeper understanding of how to achieve and maintain a healthy bodyweight, and to manage and prevent obesity and its related conditions by those engaged in the study of
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The Bulgarian Association for the Study of Obesity and Related Diseases
HISTORY The Bulgarian Association for the Study of Obesity and Related Diseases “Acad. Tasho Tashev” by the Union of scientific medical societies was established in 1995. Since 1996 BASORD is member of the International association for the study of obesity (IASO) and since 1998 – member of the European association for the study of obesity (EASO). In 1999 BASORD was one of the initiators for developing the Milan Declaration for prevention of obesity. BASORD unifies specialists in internal medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, general practitioners, dietitians certified in the field of obesity and related diseases.
SCOPE The major scope of BASORD is to promote healthy nutrition, to inform the large public on the problems of adult and childhood obesity, to participate in prevention programs, to create a network of nutrition and obesity specialists in order to strengthen and develop strategies in the fight against obesity and its co-morbidities.
REGULAR ACTIVITIES AND CAMPAIGNS During the years BASORD activities was mainly focused on the increasing prevalence of obesity in Bulgaria. BASORD has started by organizing small 1-day conferences and lectures to expanding in the development of annual obesity congress held in Albena at the beautiful Black sea coast. The congress attracts obesity specialists not only from Bulgaria but also from the region and other parts of Europe and the world as a whole. BASORD has twice organized during the congresses SCOPE course with collaboration with the IASO. BASORD also organizes campaigns during the World Obesity Day on October 24th to promote healthy lifestyle and to give information to the large public on obesity and related diseases. During the last campaign in October 2011 we have performed medical examination for free by measuring the BMI and percentage of body fat, as well as waist and hip circumferences. In May 2010 BASORD actively participates in the organization of the European Obesity Day (EOD).
Several times per year BASORD organizes press-conference in order to inform the public about recent obesity news on management, prevention and research in the field. BASORD has strong relations with the main Bulgarian mass-medias, and the Bulgarian Radio is official partner of our campaigns.
INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION BASORD has traditional collaboration with the European and International Associations for the Study of Obesity. BASORD is a member partner of BALNESO (Balkan Network of Obesity), and takes part in common projects as the Balkan diet. Prof. Svetoslav Handjiev is national coordinator for Bulgaria in the pan-European project DiOGenes (www.diogenes-eu.org), funded by the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission as well as coordinator for the DIETS project.
BASORD has a close collaboration in national and European projects with the Ministry of health and Ministry of education and science in Bulgaria.