National Association Members

World Obesity is a federation of Obesity Associations from over 50 countries around the world. World Obesity’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 

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

 

National Associations

Australia

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

President:

    Professor Brian Oldfield


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Associate Professor Anna Peeters

    c/o Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
    PO Box 6492, Melbourne
    Victoria 3004, Australia

    Tel: +61 3 8532 1928

    Email: anna.peeters@bakeridi.edu.au


Austria

Austrian Obesity Association (AOA)

President:

    Professor Dr. Monika Lechleitner


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Hermann Toplak

    Austrian Obesity Association
    Währingerstrasse 76/ 13
    A-1090 Wien
    Austria

    Tel: +43 1 71165 2107

    Fax: +43 1 71165 2109

    Email: office@adipositas-austria.org


Belgium

Belgium Association for the Study of Obesity (BASO)

President:

    Dr Jean-Paul Thissen


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Jean-Paul Thissen

    University Hospital St Luc (UCL)
    Avenue Hippocrate 54
    B-1200
    Brussels
    Belgium

    Tel: +32 2 764 54 69

    Fax: +32 2 764 54 79

    Email: jeanpaul.thissen@uclouvain.be


Brazil

Associação Brasileira para o Estudo da Obesidade (ABESO)

President:

    Dr Maria Edna de Melo


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Maria Edna de Melo

    Rua Mato Grosso, n.º 306 - cj. 1711
    Higienópolis - São Paulo - SP
    Brazil

    Tel: (011) 3079-2298

    Email: info@abeso.org.br


Bulgaria

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

President:

    Professor Teodora Handjieva-Darlenska,


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Svetoslav Handjiev

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

    Tel: +35 9 888 566 420

    Email: aneliya.kuzeva@gmail.com


Canada

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

President:

    Dr Arya Sharma


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Arya Sharma

    1-116 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation,
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1
    Canada

    Tel: + 780 735 6764

    Fax: + 780 735 6763

    Email: amsharm@ualberta.ca


Chile

Sociedad Chilena de Obesidad

President:

    Dr. Alex Valenzuela M.


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Guardia Vieja 490
    Office D, Providence
    Santiago, Chile


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 Davor Štimac


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Sanja Klobucar Majanovic

    Secretary of Croatian Society of Obesity
    Sanja Klobucar Majanovic, PhD, MD
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolic diseases
    Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka
    Kresimirova 42, Rijeka 51 000
    Croatia

    Tel: +385 51 658 179

    Fax: + 385 51 658 122

    Email: sanja.klobucarm@gmail.com


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 Haluzík


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Vladimir Stich

    1st 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Charles University
    U Hospital 1
    128 08 Praha 1
    Czech Republic


Denmark

Dansk Selskab for Adipositasforskning (DSAF)

President:

    Dr Sigrid Gribsholt


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dansk Selskab for Adipositasforskning
    c/o Endokrinologisk afdeling
    Århus Universitetshospital
    Tage Hansensgade 2
    DK-8000 Århus C

    Email: dsaf@dsaf.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:

    Professor Patrik Borg


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Professor Atso Raasmaja

    Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki
    Viikinkaari 9 (PO Box 56) 00014 University of Helsinki

    Email: atso.raasmaja@helsinki.fi


France

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

President:

    Philippe Valet


Contact the association:


Representative:


Germany

Deutsche Adipositas Gesellschaft (DAG)

President:

    Professor Matthias Blueher


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. oec. troph. Beatrix Feuerreiter

    Fraunhoferstr. 5
    82152 Martinsried
    Germany

    Tel: 089-710 48 358

    Fax: 089-710 49 464

    Email: mail@adipoitas-gesellschaft.de


Greece

Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity (HMAO)

President:

    Dr. Leonidas Lanaras


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Leonidas Lanaras

    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 Obesity Society

President:

    Michele Mae Ann Yuen


Contact the association:


Representative:

    1/F, Front Portion
    64 Percival Street
    Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong

    Tel: (852) 60732211


Hong Kong

Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO)

President:

    Dr Chun Chung (Francis) Chow


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Alice Pik-Shan Kong

    Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
    9/F, Clinical Science Building
    Prince of Wales Hospital
    Shatin, NT
    HONG KONG

    Tel: 852-26321558

    Fax: 852-26373852

    Email: alicekong@cuhk.edu.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 Mosfellabaer
    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 Shashank Shah


Contact the association:


Representative:


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


Italy

Societa Italiana dell' Obesita (SIO)

President:

    Dr Fabrizio Muratori


Contact the association:


Representative:


Japan

Japan Society for the Study of Obesity (JASSO)

President:

    Dr. Masato Kasuga


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof. Kazuwa Nakao

    7F MPR Hommachi Bldg.
    3-1-8
    Minami-kyuhoji-machi
    Chuo-ku
    Osaka
    541-0058 JAPAN

    Tel: +81 6 6398 5188

    Fax: +81 6 6398 5746

    Email: secretariat@jasso.or.jp


Macedonia,TFYR

Macedonian Association for Obesity (MAO)

President:

    Prof. Slavica Subeska-Stratrova


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:

    Emeritus Professor Dr Mohd Ismail Noor

    School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
    Taylor’s University (Lakeside Campus)
    Subang Jaya 47500, Selangor
    Malaysia

    Tel: +603 5629 5000

    Fax: +603 5629 5522

    Email: ismail_noor@taylors.edu.my


Malta

Malta Nutrition and Obesity Research Unit

President:

    Dr Claire Copperstone



Representative:

    Dr Claire Sillato Copperstone

    Faculty of Health Sciences
    Department of Food Sciences and Environmental Health
    University of Malta
    Malta

    Tel: +356 2340 1152

    Email: claire.copperstone@um.edu.mt


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


Morocco

Moroccan Society for Nutrition Health and Environment

President:

    Jaâfar HEIKEL MD,PhD,MBA


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Jaâfar HEIKEL

    Lotissement Narjiss
    n°16, Route d’Azemmour
    20180
    Casablanca

    Tel: +212 522 792 790

    Fax: +212 522 361 368

    Email: drjheikel@gmail.com


Netherlands

Netherlands Association for the Study of Obesity (NASO)

President:

    Dr. G.H. Goossens


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr. Gijs Goossens

    Human Biology
    Maastricht University Medical Center
    Human Biology
    P.O. Box 616
    6200 MD Maastricht
    The Netherlands

    Tel: +31 50 361 0889

    Fax: +31 50 361 4493

    Email: e.corpeleijn@umcg.nl


New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

President:

    Professor Brian Oldfield


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 Gunnar Mellgren


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Day Hofsø

    Department of Medicine
    Vestfold Hospital Trust
    Boks 2168, 3103 Tønsberg, Norway

    Email: Dag.Hofso@siv.no


Panama

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

President:

    Dr. César De León


Contact the association:


Representative:


Paraguay

Sociedad Paraguaya para el Estudio de la Obesidad

President:

    Dr. Elvio Dario Bueno Colman


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dra. Maria Cristina Jimenez

    IPNI-Instituto Privado de Nutrición Integral
    José Asunción Flores Nº 4059.
    Asunción, Paraguay

    Tel: +595 21 205 526

    Fax: +595 21 226 782

    Email: mcjbazzano@gmail.com


Peru

Peruvian Association of Atherosclerosis and Obesity (APOA)

President:

    dra. María Isabel Rojas Gabulli


Contact the association:


Representative:

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

    Tel: +51 14 442 7181

    Fax: +51 14 442 7181

    Email: Correo@apoaperu.org


Philippines

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

President:

    Edgardo L. Tolentino, Jr., MD


Contact the association:


Representative:

    DR. MIA C. FOJAS

    Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight & Obesity (PASOO)
    Unit 2502, 25F Medical Plaza Ortigas, San Miguel Avenue
    Pasig City, Philippines 1600

    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:

    Polish Society for Obesity Research
    Chair of Pathophysiology of Silesian Medical University in Katowice
    ul. Medics 18
    40-752 Katowice
    Poland

    Tel: 032-252-60-91


Portugal

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo da Obesidade (SPEO)

President:

    Prof. Dra. Paula Freitas


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof. Dra. Paula Freitas

    SPEO - Sede Lisboa
    Rua Freitas Gazul 34, loja 2
    1350-149 Lisboa

    Email: paula_freitas@sapo.pt


Romania

Romanian Association for the Study of Obesity (RASO)

President:

    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


Serbia

Serbian Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO)

President:

    Prof Dr Dragan Micic


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes and diseases of Metabolism
    School of Medicine
    Dr Subotica 13
    11000 Belgrade
    Serbia

    Tel: +38 1 11 656527


Singapore

Singapore Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO)

President:

    Dr Tham Kwang Wei


Contact the association:


Representative:


Slovakia

Obesitology Section of Slovakian Diabetes Society (OS SDS)

President:

    Fábryová Ľubomíra



Representative:

    Professor Pavol Holeczy

    Slovak Medical Association
    Vitkovice Hospital a.s.,Z aluzanskeho
    1192/15, 703 84
    Orstrava- Vitkovice
    Czech Republic
    Slovakia

    Tel: 004 2006027 68786

    Email: pavol.holeczy@nemvitkovice.cz


Slovenia

Slovenian Association for Obesity

President:

    Dr. Tina Sentocnik


Contact the association:


Representative:


South Africa

South African Society for Surgery, Obesity and Metabolism (SASSO)

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(0) 82 441 6361

    Fax: + 27 11 304 7961

    Email: tessavdm@iafrica.com


South Korea

Korean Society for the Study of Obesity (KSSO)

President:

    Dr. Kee-Hyoung Lee


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Eunah Lee

    #1713 Golden TowerBldg
    191 Chungjeongro 2-ga Seodaemun-Gu
    Seoul 120-722
    Korea

    Email: webmaster@kosso.or.kr


Switzerland

Swiss Association for the Study of Obesity (ASEMO)

President:

    Prof. Dr. med. Kurt Laederach


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Prof. Dr. med. Kurt Laederach

    University Hospital Bern Inselspital
    Department of Visceral Surgery and Medicine (UVCM)
    Inselspital
    CH- 3010 Bern / Switzerland
    T: +4131 632 8313
    F: +4131 632 5999
    E: kurt.laederach@insel.ch

    Email: office@sgedssed.ch


Taiwan

Chinese Taipei Association for the Study of Obesity (CTASO)

President:


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Lan-ju Huang

    50, Zhongxiao West Section
    Zhongzheng District
    Taipei City

    Tel: +886 2389 8040

    Fax: +886 2389 8797


Thailand

Bangkok Association of Regenerative Health and The Study of Obesity

President:

    Tanupol Virunhagarun, M.D.


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Piyamart Sitipredanant, M.D.

    Medical Association of Thailand under his majesty the King's patronage,
    2 Soi Soonvijai, New Petchburi Road,
    Bangkok, 10310

    Tel: 02 310 3232

    Email: Admin@barso.or.th


United Kingdom

Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

President:

    Dr Simon Williams


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Marco Presutto

    Secretariat
    Association for the Study of Obesity
    PO Box 5413
    Brighton
    BN50 8HH

    Email: ASOoffice@aso.org.uk


United States

The Obesity Society (TOS)

President:

    Dr Allen Levine


Contact the association:


Representative:

    Dr Terry TK. Huang

    The Obesity Society
    1110 Bonifant Street
    Suite 500
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Tel: 301-563-6526

    Fax: 301-563-6595

    Email: Terry.Huang@sph.cuny.edu


Uruguay

Sociedad Uruguaya para el Estudio de la Obesidad

President:

    Dr. Beatriz Babic


Contact the association:


Representative: