Knowledge Transfer Series


An online environment designed to promote, educate and share information about the science and the management of obesity in Italy for health care professionals.

Core Program

Adult Obesity: Why Can’t My Patient Lose Weight?

Effective management of obesity is essential to primary care. This program provides a framework for the management of obesity, which is demonstrated through case-based scenarios


Planning Committee

  • Paolo Sbraccia, MD, phD
  • Roberto Vettor, MD, PhD
  • Ferruccio Santini, MD, PhD

International Contributors

  • Matthias Blüher, MD
  • Walmir Coutinho, MD, DSC
  • Arya M Sharma, MD,PhD,FRCPC
  • Georgia Rigas, MD, FRACGP
  • Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the burden of obesity in Italy
  • Manage obesity to reduce disease burden
  • Individualize treatment of obesity

Meet Maria

Maria is a 38-year-old mother of three children, ages 4, 6 and 13 years. She has been your patient for approximately 16 years. She is seeing you today because she wants to address her increasing weight.

Maria had overweight prior to her first pregnancy. She has a family history of obesity (her mother). Her BMI then crossed into Class I Obesity after her first child was born. Maria had difficulty maintaining any weight loss prior to her second pregnancy, and has continued to gain weight with the birth of her third child. At 38.4 kg/m2, her BMI is now in Class II Obesity. Maria’s blood pressure and lipids are in the normal range, but her bloodwork shows impaired fasting glucose.


Video Resources

Subject experts discuss key questions in obesity. Main topics include genetic and psychological contributing factors in obesity management, tools for primary healthcare professionals, and the latest technologies and procedures in bariatrics.

Physician Resources

National and international obesity guidelines, facts and tools available for practical application.

European Association for the Study of Obesity - Guidelines

Learn more about the current Obesity Guidelines in Europe

Clinical Management of Overweight and Obesity: Recommendations of the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO)

Recommendations of Clinical Managament of Overweight and Obesity - Italian Guidelines

Obesity and overweight

Key Facts on Obesity by the World Health Organization (WHO)


International and Italian research outlining key health, social, psychological and economic concerns of obesity and obesity-related illness and disease. Various topics, historical data and longitudinal studies are examined, providing the latest in evidence and protocols.


2015 Milan Declaration: A Call to Action on Obesity - an EASO Position Statement on the Occasion of the 2015 EXPO

Frühbeck G, Sbraccia P, Nisoli E, et al.


EASO together with the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO) presented on June 6 the ‘2015 Milan Declaration' at the EXPO (Universal Exposition topic Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life) restating that it is time to act Within this, EASO resolves to provide leadership, guidance, and support to governments, as part of its mission of facilitating and engaging in actions to reduce the burden of unhealthy excess weight in Europe.