The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (formally known as the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity or ASSO) was established in 1991.
It is a scientific organisation of medical practitioners, dietitians, scientists and other health care professionals interested in obesity research, treatment or public health initiatives directed at the prevention of obesity.
The Society has over 250 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.
The operation of ANZOS is based on the work of an elected Council, Executive Group, Sub-committees and Secretariat.
An elected Council has overall responsibility for the direction of ANZOS activities, while a four-strong Executive Group deals with ANZOS business on a regular basis. A series of sub-committees provide expert advice and input to the Council on specific areas of ANZOS action including clinical issues, education and training, public health, and liaison with other professional groups.
A Secretariat for ANZOS has been established in Sydney to assist Council to further develop ANZOS and to promote the improved management and prevention of obesity. The Secretariat will interact with other relevant national bodies and will work closely with the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) in the Western Pacific to assist with the implementation of the Society's objectives around increased research activity.
The Society is a full member of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), which gives a combined representation to over 11,000 professionals in over 50 national obesity associations throughout the world.
In 2010, "Obesity Research and Clinical Practice" became the official Journal of ANZOS.
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