HKASO Mission Statement

We have great pleasure in introducing to you a newly founded professional association, the Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO). As you may be aware that obesity has become a global epidemic and the prevalence is rapidly increasing in Asia, including Chinese population. Obesity is a key contributory factor to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer, which are all the leading causes of death in Hong Kong. Both the direct and indirect costs for management of obesity are enormous and pose a serious financial burden to public health care resources. Yet the general publics in Hong Kong have a very bias conception about obesity and rarely seek proper medical advice despite spending an unbelievable amount of money on weight reduction gimmicks as reflected by the volume of obesity related advertisement in these days.

In view of the increasing concern on obesity and its social and medical hazards, a group of medical professionals have gathered together to establish the Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity. The members include endocrinologists, surgeons, family physicians, dietitians, pharmacists and physical education specialists. The objects for which the Association is established are:

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To focus attention and stimulate the study of obesity in Hong Kong including its causes, manifestations and prevention.
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To provide an independent body of healthcare professionals involved in both basic and applied research into the subject.
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To encourage research into all facets and prevention of obesity.
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To provide a better understanding of obesity to healthcare professionals and to general public.
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To seek affiliation with international bodies to ensure the best possible exchange of information about the study of the epidemiological, metabolic, nutritional, pharmacological, surgical, behavioural and educational aspects of obesity and its treatment.