The Wales ASO Network and the Welsh Obesity Society (WOS) have a shared vision of bringing together practitioners and academics across the country to share and discuss obesity research and practice.


Past Meetings

Child and Adolescent Obesity in Wales - 26 June 2019, Cardiff Metropolitan University


1. To outline the frequency, causes & consequences of obesity in children and young people.

2. To establish an understanding of effective interventions for obesity in children and young people and facilitate the sharing of good practice and opportunities for networking.


15.30 Registration and refreshments

16.00 Welcome and introduction - Professor Nadim Haboubi, Chair Welsh Obesity Society, Dr Simon Williams, Chair UK ASO

16.10 Childhood Obesity in Wales: The Scale of the Problem - Lucy O’Loughlin, Public Health Wales

16.30 The Genetics of Severe Childhood Obesity - Dr Agatha van der Klaauw, University of Cambridge

16.50 The Impact of Cultural, Social and Psychological Factors on Childhood Obesity - Dr Hazel Baker and Dr Naomi Swift, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

17.10 How does feeding in the first year of life affect weight and eating behaviour? Lessons for obesity prevention - Sara Jones, Swansea University

17.30 Break

18.00 Effective Intervention from Early Life: Learning from HENRY - Kim Roberts, CEO HENRY

18.20 Children’s Healthy Weight: from Bigger Picture to Smaller Screen - Professor Gareth Stratton, Swansea University

18.40 Physical Literacy - The Role of Motor Competence in Supporting a Positive Health Trajectory - Dr Nalda Wainwright, University of Wales Trinity St David

19.00 The Evidence Base for Use of Very Low Calorie Diets in Paediatrics - Olivia Colleypreist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

19.20 Managing Severe Obesity in Children & Adolescents - The Aneurin Bevan UHB Service, Dr Rebekah Pryce, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

19.40 Panel Discussion

20.00 Networking and refreshments

An evening of CPD and Networking, February 2018, University of South Wales


6.50pm – Welcome and introduction

7.00pm – When the Rubber Hits the Road: Navigating Weight Control. Complexities in a Fattening World. Dr Ruth Deborah Edwards

7.30pm – Weight stigma in the UK: Implications for Policy and Practice. Dr Stuart Flint

8.00pm – Time Restricted Eating for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Obesity: The TREating Liver Feasibility Study. Dr Enzo di Battista

8.30pm – Lifestyle Medicine: A New Weapon in the Fight Against Obesity? Dr Sue Kenneally

8.55pm – Closing remarks

Joint Meeting of the Welsh Obesity Society and the ASO Wales Network, October 2016, Abergavenny 


09.30               Registration

10.00               Welcome and Introduction, Simon Williams

10.10               Obesity and Cancer, Samir Rahmani

10.40               The Effects of Physical Exercise in Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients, Richard Bracken

11.10-11.30      Coffee Break

11.30               The Role of Trauma Therapy in Adult Weight Management, Lynda Durrell

12.00               Motivational Interviewing in Weight Management, Orla Adams

12.30-13.30     Lunch Break

13.30               NAFLD / NASH – Overview and Guidelines, Andrew Yeoman

14.00               EASO: A European approach to tackling obesity, Euan Woodward

14.30               The Launch of the Welsh Obesity Society and Business Meeting