The Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland (ASOI) is the Irish representative body at the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the World Obesity Federation. ASOI 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 across the island of Ireland.
Materials for both media and press can be found below.
Obesity media portal and non-stigmatising imagery for journalists
This Media Portal has been developed to provide pan-EU journalists with the most up-to-date and relevant information about obesity.
It is an evolving resource which will be updated regularly as new resources and information become available. Our organisation believes that obesity is a health priority across Europe, and that media play a critical role in driving awareness and understanding of this complex, and often stigmatized disease.
If you are a journalist looking for appropriate non-stigmatising obesity-related imagery, the following links provide a variety of images that can be downloaded and used in publications:
Canadian Obesity Network
The Canadian Obesity Networks mission is to act as a catalyst for addressing obesity in Canada and as a platform to foster knowledge translation, capacity building and partnerships among stakeholders. Their Perfect at Any Size Gallery was developed to help promote accurate coverage of obesity-related topics in news reporting and challenge harmful weight-based stereotypes
The UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity – Media Gallery
The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut is a distinguished multi-disciplinary policy research centre dedicated to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity and reducing weight stigma.
Their media gallery now contains several hundred still images and over 80 b-roll videos depicting non-stigmatizing portrayals of individuals with obesity.
World Obesity Image Bank
The most recent addition to our range of high-quality external resources promoting positive, non-exploitative images of people with obesity in the media. This image bank resource is designed to improve awareness and understanding of practical, effective actions that can be taken to combat the obesity crisis.
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
A nearly 54,000 member-strong non-profit organisation based in the USA and dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. OAC works to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.
IFB Adiposity Diseases Centre Germany – Photo Gallery
The IFB Adiposity Diseases centre is a joint centre of the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig and the University Hospital of Leipzig, bringing together both obesity research and treatment experts under one roof. Its photo gallery features a diverse range of images of people with obesity which are available to news publications upon request.
Stigma in Obesity Against Children & Adolescents
EASO Media Masterclass Video Playlist
The ASOI committee are delighted to announce that the 7th Annual ASOI Conference and AGM will take place on 17-18th May at The Convention Centre, Dublin. The theme for this years conference is 'Building Bonds: Bettering Practice - Patient advocacy and approaches to...
Policy Brief – Childhood obesity prevention: Co-created research priorities using the nominal group technique
Click the link below to access this policy brief in full, led by committee member Marita Hennessey. Policy Brief Full article in Translational Behavioural Medicine Blog post: Bringing POCKETS together
Obesity experts object to Dr Eva Orsmond’s comments that “pregnant women allowing themselves to be overweight is criminal” Read more...
PRESS RELEASE 16th February 2018 The ASOI succeed in changing pejorative stigmatising word for obesity in the Irish language The Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland (ASOI) leads the way in person-centred obesity prevention, treatment and...
All-island Obesity Action Forum: Reformulating our obesogenic environment A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland and the Association for the Study of...
For many patients who live with overweight or obesity it is incredibly difficult to exercise without discomfort or pain. Swimming is one activity that is less painful but due to the high levels of stigma, bias and judgements shown from society, majority of patients...
Are you a patient or a member of a patient group interested in advocacy? Apply now to attend the Patient Summit in October 2018 To coincide with World Obesity Day, the World Obesity Federation will hold a Patient Summit on 10-11 October in London. Patients and people...
Patients celebrated European Obesity Day together with a morning of mindfulness, cookery, Support Meeting and exercise on Friday 18th May. Huge thanks to all the team at the Weight Management Service for their work putting this together. The launch of the...
Patient advocates Sven Schubert and Susie Birney attended and spoke at the European Policy Conference in Brussels
Patient advocates Sven Schubert and Susie Birney attended and spoke at the European Policy Conference in Brussels on 17th May. Giving their patient perspective on living with obesity and what they feel is needed to provide proper treatment and care from...
Action taken by Wicklow County Council to protect children’s health recognised at national obesity conference in the lead up to European Obesity Day
14 May, 2018. The food environment plays a key role in obesity according to a range of national and international speakers at the national ASOI 2018 obesity conference in Dublin today. Delegates at the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of...