The Netherlands Association for the Study of Obesity (NASO) is a multidisciplinary association with the purpose to study, discuss, and disseminate all (basic) scientific and clinical aspects of overweight and obesity and associated complications. Our goal is to increase mutual exchange between members working in different fields of obesity research.

In 2021, the EU recognized obesity as a disease, and with the help of EASO a new definition was developed: Obesity prevention | Knowledge for policy (europa.eu) This new definition of obesity as a disease is adopted by NASO and we invite you to adopt this definition of obesity as well:

“Obesity is a chronic relapsing disease, which in turn acts as a gateway to a range of other non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.”

To inform others about the scale of the obesity problem, you can use a factsheet called Obesity: the hard facts‘.