National Association Members

World Obesity is a federation of Obesity Associations from over 50 countries around the world. IASO’s strength lies in uniting and connecting professionals from around the world through our international events and the SCOPE online obesity education facility.

Below is a list of our active National Association Members. If you are an active member of your local organisation, then you are a World Obesity Member. If you cannot find an organisation that is local to you then you may be entitled to apply for Individual Membership. Please see here for more information.

If a country has a National Obesity Association and they are not currently a World Obesity Member then they can apply to become one by completing an application form. National Membership subscriptions are based on the number of active members an association has and is currently $5 per person payable annually.

Download National Member Application Form 

Alternatively, if your country already has an organisation that is a World Obesity National Association and you would like your organisation to join in addition to this, we offer Associate Membership. Please see here for more information.

If you have any questions about your association joining World Obesity please contact Heather Budd at hbudd@worldobesity.org.

 

National Associations

Argentina

Sociedad Argentina de Obesidad y Trastornos Alimentarios

President:

    Dr. Gladys Guarrera


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Rosa Labanca

    JE Uriburu 1312 PBA
    Billinghurst 979 (1174)
    Buenos Aires

    Tel: +54 11 4867 4598

    Fax: +54 11 4867 4598

    Email: rlabanca@fibertel.com.ar


Australia

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

President:

    Professor John Dixon


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Louise Baur

    c/o The Children Hospital at Westmead
    Locked Bag 4001
    Westmead NSW 2145
    Australia

    Tel: +612 9845 3393

    Fax: +612 9845 3389

    Email: louiseb3@chw.edu.au


Austria

Austrian Obesity Association (AOA)

President:

    Professor Hermann Toplak


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Hermann Toplak

    Medical University Graz
    Auenbruggerplatz 15
    8036 Graz
    Austria

    Tel: +43-316-385-80246

    Fax: +43-316-385-3812

    Email: hermann.toplak@medunigraz.at


Belgium

Belgium Association for the Study of Obesity (BASO)

President:

    Dr Jean-Paul Thissen


Contact the association:


Representative:


Brazil

Associação Brasileira para o Estudo da Obesidade (ABESO)

President:

    Dr Rosana Bento Radominski


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Leila Maria Batista Araujo

    Av. Reitor Miguel Calmon, n.1210-Sala 615
    Canela
    Salvador – BA – Cep 40110-001
    Brazil

    Tel: +55 71 3247 8492

    Email: leila@microecia.net


Bulgaria

Bulgarian Association for Study of Obesity and Related Diseases (BASORD)

President:

    Professor Svetoslav Handjiev


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Svetoslav Handjiev

    Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Metabolic Diseases
    1 Kroucha Planina Street
    1233 Sofia
    Bulgaria

    Tel: +35 9 888 566 420

    Email: svhandjiev@gmail.com


Canada

The Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau-Canadien Obésité (CON-RCO)

President:

    Dr Arya Sharma


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Arya Sharma

    Royal Alexandra Hospital
    MMC Room 102
    10240 Kingsway Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5H 3V9
    Canada

    Tel: + 780 735 6764

    Fax: + 780 735 6763

    Email: amsharm@ualberta.ca


Colombia

Colombian Association for Obesity & Metabolism

President:

    Dr Rami Mikler



Representative:

    Dr. Rafael Gómez-Cuevas

    Cra.9a. No 48 - 51
    102 Bogota
    Colombia

    Tel: +57 1245 7812

    Fax: +57 1616 3497

    Email: gocuevas@hotmail.com


Croatia

Croatian Obesity Association (COA)

President:

    Professor Mirko Korsic


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Mirko Korsic

    Clinical Hospital Zagreb
    Department of Endocrinology
    Krispaticeva 12
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia

    Tel: +285 1242 1867

    Fax: +285 1242 1867

    Email: mirko.korsic1@zg.htnet.hr


Cuba

Cuban Obesity Association

President:

    Professor Mirtha Prieto


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Mirtha Prieto

    Calle C# 513 Apartamento 14 entre 21 y 23
    Vedado 10400 Plaza
    Ciudad de la Habana
    Cuba

    Email: mprieto@infoed.sld.cu


Czech Republic

Czech Society for the Study of Obesity (CSSO)

President:

    Professor Martin Fried


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Vladimir Stich

    Department of Preventive Medicine
    Division of Sports Medicine
    3rd Medical School, Charles University
    Ruská 87, 100 00 Prague 10
    Czech Republic

    Tel: +42 2 6710 2209

    Email: vladimir.stich@lf3.cuni.cz


Denmark

Dansk Selskab for Adipositasforskning (DSAF)

President:

    Dr Jens Bruun


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Jens Brunn

    REDUCE - Klinik for Emaeringsforsking
    Universitetsparken 2
    4000 Roskilde
    Denmark

    Email: JENS.BRUUN@KI.AU.DK


Dominican Republic

Sociedad Dominicana Para El Estudio De La Obesidad (SODEO)

President:

    Felix Manuel Escano Polanco


Contact the association:


Representative:


Egypt

The Egyptian Medical Association for the Study of Obesity (EMASO)

President:

    Professor Shelif Ibrahim Hafez


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Mohamed Kamal Mostafa Aboulghate

    11 El Falki Sq.
    Bab El Louq
    Cairo
    Egypt

    Tel: +20 1 2218 1524

    Fax: +20 2 2735 2693

    Email: moaboulghate@gmail.com


Finland

Finnish Association for the Study of Obesity (FASO)

President:

    Kirsi Virtanen


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Päivi Mäki

    Turku PET Centre
    Kiinamyllynkatu 4-8
    20520 Turku
    Finland

    Tel: +358 2 3138234

    Fax: +358 2 2318191

    Email: paivi.maki@thl.fi


France

Association Française d'études et de Recherché sur L 'obésité (AFERO)

President:

    Olivier Ziegler


Contact the association:


Representative:


Germany

Deutsche Adipositas Gesellschaft (DAG)

President:

    Professor Martin Wabitsch


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Martin Wabitsch

    Deutsche Adipositas-Gesellschaft (DAG) e.V.
    Fraunhoferstr. 5
    82152 Martinsried
    Germany

    Tel: 089-71048358

    Fax: 089-71049464

    Email: martin.wabitsch@uniklinik-ulm.de


Greece

Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity (HMAO)

President:

    Dr. Anthony Alaveras


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Efthymios Kapantais

    46 Kifissias Ave
    115 26 Athens
    Greece

    Tel: +30 210 698 5988

    Fax: +30 210 698 5986

    Email: info@hmao.gr


Hong Kong

Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO)

President:

    Dr Chun Chung (Francis) Chow


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Gary Tin Choi Ko

    Department of Medicine & Therapeutics
    Prince of Wales Hospital
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Shatin, NT
    Hong Kong

    Email: gtc_ko@yahoo.com.hk


Hungary

Hungarian Society for the Study of Obesity (HSSO)

President:

    Dr. Halmy Lászlóné Eszter


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Imre Rurik PhD

    Head of Department of Family and Occupational Medicine
    University of Debrecen
    Móricz Zs.krt.22.
    H-4012 Debrecen Pf. 54.

    Email: Rurik.Imre@sph.unideb.hu


Iceland

Icelandic Society for Obesity Research and Prevention (FFO)

President:

    Dr Erla Gerdur Sveinsdóttir


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Erla Gerdur Sveinsdóttir

    Reykjalundur Rehabilitation
    270 Mosfellabœr
    Iceland

    Tel: +354 585 2000

    Fax: +354 585 2001

    Email: erla@heilsuborg.is


India

All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO)

President:

    Dr. Pallavi Patankar


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Pallavi Patankar

    Pams Health Fitness Nutrition Yog and Weight Management Clinic
    1B Shree Nath Krupa, M G Road, Nr Sun City Cinema
    Vile Parle (E)
    Mumbai, 400057
    India

    Email: pams59@hotmail.com


Ireland

The Association for the Study of Obesity in Ireland

President:

    Dr. Grace O’Malley


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Grace O’Malley

    Weight Management Service
    The Children’s University Hospital
    Temple Street
    Dublin 1
    Ireland

    Tel: +3531 8784563

    Fax: +3531 8784237

    Email: info@asoi.info


Israel

Israel Society for the Study and Prevention of Obesity (ISRTO)

President:

    Prof Yishai Levy


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof Yishai Levy

    Rambam Health Care Campus and Technion Faculty of Medicine
    Haifa, 31096
    Israel

    Tel: +972 4854 2263

    Fax: +972 4854 3286

    Email: ys_levy@rambam.health.gov.il


Italy

Societa Italiana dell' Obesita (SIO)

President:

    Professor Roberto Vettor


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Roberto Vettor

    Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
    Internal Medicine 3
    Metabolic Diseases and Cardiovascular Rick Unit - Bariatric Unit
    Endocrine-Metabolic Lab
    University of Padua
    University Hospital
    via Ospedale 105
    35128 Padua
    Italy

    Tel: +39 071 220 6088

    Email: roberto.vettor@unip.it


Japan

Japan Society for the Study of Obesity (JASSO)

President:

    Dr. Masato Kasuga


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof. Kazuwa Nakao

    Terasaki 2nd BLDG, 1-8-29 Nishimiyahara
    Yodogawa-ku
    Osaka 532-0004
    Japan

    Tel: +81 6 6398 5188

    Fax: +81 6 6398 5746

    Email: secretariat@jasso.or.jp


Macedonia,TFYR

Macedonian Association for Obesity (MAO)

President:

    Professor Milco Bogoev


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof. Slavica Subeska-Stratrova

    Clinic of Endocrinology
    Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders
    Vodnjanska 17
    Skopje 1000
    Macedonia

    Email: slavass02@yahoo.com


Malaysia

Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO)

President:

    Professor Mohd Ismail Noor


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Mohd Ismail Noor

    c/o Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    MARA University of Technology
    42300 Puncak Alam, Selangor
    Malaysia

    Tel: +603 32584505

    Fax: +603 26941296

    Email: ismail_noor@puncakalam.uitm.edu.my


Mexico

The Obesity Society (TOS)

President:

    Dr Raúl Bastarrachgea


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Raúl Bastarrachgea

    Department of Genetics
    Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
    P.O.Box 760549
    San Antonio, Texas, 7825-0549
    USA

    Tel: + 210 258 9731

    Email: raulbs@sfbrgenetics.org


Netherlands

Netherlands Association for the Study of Obesity (NASO)

President:

    Dr. Tommy L.S. Visscher


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Tommy L.S. Visscher

    Secretary NASO
    Department of Human Biology
    Maastricht University Medical Centre
    PO Box 616
    6200 MD Maastricht
    Netherlands

    Tel: +31 4 3388 1639

    Fax: +31 4 3367 0967

    Email: tommy.visscher@falw.vu.nl


New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

President:

    Professor Elaine Rush


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Elaine Rush

    Faculty of Health and Environmental Science
    Auckland University of Technology
    Private Bag 92006
    Auckland 1142
    New Zealand

    Tel: +64 9 921 9758

    Fax: +64 9 921 9960

    Email: elaine.rush@aut.ac.nz


Norway

Norwegian Association for the Study of Obesity (NFFF)

President:

    Dr Joran Hjelmesaeth


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Mette Svendsen

    Department of Preventative Cardiology
    OUS Ulleval
    0407 Oslo
    Norway

    Email: mette.svendsen@uus.no


Panama

Panamanian Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity (APPTO)

President:

    Dra Maria Eugenia Diaz



Representative:


Paraguay

Sociedad Paraguaya para el Estudio de la Obesidad

President:

    Dra Maria Cristina Jimenez


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dra Maria Cristina Jimenez

    33 Orientales
    998 Asuncion
    Paraguay

    Tel: +595 21 205 526

    Fax: +595 21 226 782

    Email: mariacristin99@gmail.com


Peru

Peruvian Association of Atherosclerosis and Obesity (APOA)

President:

    Dr. Mario Zubiate


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Mario Zubiate

    Av. Javier Prado Este Nro. 225
    Of. 503
    Lima-27
    Peru

    Tel: +51 14 442 7181

    Fax: +51 14 442 7181

    Email: apoa@speedy.com.pe


Philippines

Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO)

President:

    Dr Gabriel V. Jasul


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Edgardo Tolentino

    Unit 2502
    Medical Plaza
    San Miguel Avenue
    Ortigas Centre, Pasig City
    Philippines

    Tel: +632 632 1533

    Fax: +632 634 5978

    Email: sec@obesity.org.ph


Poland

Polish Association for the Study of Obesity

President:

    Professor Magdalena Olszanecka-Glinianowicz


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Michal Holecki

    Medyków 18
    40-752 Katowice
    Poland

    Tel: +48 32 25 26 091

    Email: holomed@gmail.com


Portugal

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo da Obesidade (SPEO)

President:

    Prof. Davide Carvalho


Contact the association:


Representative:


Romania

Romanian Association for the Study of Obesity (RASO)

President:

    Associate Professor Gabriela Roman, MD, PhD


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Clinical Center of Diabetes, Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases
    2-4 Clinicilor Street
    400006 Cluj-Napoca
    Romania

    Tel: +40 264 599558

    Fax: +40 264 594455

    Email: groman@umfcluj.ro


Serbia

Serbian Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO)

President:

    Professor Jogoda Jorga


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Jogoda Jorga

    Department of Nutrition
    School of Medicine
    Pasterova 2
    11000 Belgrade
    Serbia

    Tel: +381 641 117170

    Email: jagoda.jorga@gmail.com


Singapore

Singapore Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO)

President:

    Dr Chung Horn Lee



Representative:

    Dr Chung Horn Lee

    6 Napier Road
    Gleneagles Medical Centre
    09-17
    258499
    Singapore

    Email: info@endocrine.com.sg


Slovenia

Slovenian Association for Obesity

President:

    Dr. Tina Sentocnik


Contact the association:


Representative:


South Africa

South African Society for Obesity and Metabolism (SASOM)

President:

    Professor Tessa Van der Merwe


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Tessa Van der Merwe

    Waterfall City Hospital
    C/O Magwa Crescent
    & Mac Mac Ave, Midrand, 1682
    PO Box 12403, Vorna Valley
    Midrand, Johannesburg, 1686
    South Africa

    Tel: +27 11 304 7821/2

    Fax: + 27 11 304 7961

    Email: tessavdm@iafrica.com


South Korea

Korean Society for the Study of Obesity (KSSO)

President:

    Professor Yong-Seong Kim


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Kyu Rae Lee

    Tel: +82 2 2693 5555

    Fax: +82 2 3697 4605

    Email: baria07@paran.com


Sweden

Svensk Forening for Obesitas Forskning (SFO)

President:

    Professor Carl-Erik Flodmark


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Carl-Eril Flodmark

    Överläkare
    Barnöverviktsenheten Region Skåne
    Skånes universitetssjukhus
    205 02 Malmö
    Sweden

    Tel: +46706031654

    Email: carl-erik.flodmark@skane.se


Switzerland

Swiss Association for the Study of Obesity (ASEMO)

President:

    Prof. Alain Golay


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Ulrich Keller

    Divis. 'Medicine Communitaire'
    University Hospital Geneva (HUG)
    24, Rue Micheli-du-Crest
    CH-1211 Geneve 14
    Switzerland

    Email: alain.golay@hcuge.ch


Taiwan

Chinese Taipei Association for the Study of Obesity (CTASO)

President:

    Professor Kuo-Chin Huang


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Chih-Jen Chang

    Department of Family Medicine
    National Cheng Kung University
    138, Sheng Li Road
    70428 Tainan
    Taiwan

    Tel: +886 2389 8040

    Fax: +886 2389 8797

    Email: em75210@email.ncku.edu.tw


Turkey

Turkish Association for the Study of Obesity (TASO)

President:

    Professor Nazif Bagriacik


Contact the association:


Representative:


United Kingdom

Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

President:

    Dr. Susan Jebb


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Jason Halford

    Department of Psychology
    Eleanor Rathbone Building-Rm 1.79, Bedford Street South
    University of Liverpool
    Liverpool L69 7ZA
    United Kingdom

    Email: j.c.g.halford@liv.ac.uk


United States

The Obesity Society (TOS)

President:

    Patrick O'Neil


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Richard Atkinson

    Obetech, LLC
    Medstar Research
    800 East Leigh St Suite 50
    Richmond, VA 23219
    USA

    Email: ratkinson2@vcu.edu


Venezuela

Associación Venezolana para el Estudio de la Obesidad (AVESO)

President:

    Dr. Imperia E. Brajkovich


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Imperia E. Brajkovich

    Head of Internal Medicinia Service B
    University Hospital
    Luis Razetti School of Medicine
    Universidad Central de Venezuela
    Caracas
    Venezuela

    Email: imperiabrajkovich@hotmail.com