ECOG’s Position Papers

“The assessment of eating behavior in children who are obese: a psychological approach.”
Braet C., O’Malley G., Weghuber D., Vania A., Erhardt E., Nowicka P., Mazur A., Frelut M.L., Ardelt-Gattinger E.
A position paper from the European childhood obesity group. Obes Facts. 2014;7(3):153-64.
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“Muscle Strength and Fitness in Pediatric Obesity: a Systematic Review from the European Childhood Obesity Group.”
Thivel D., Ring-Dimitriou S., Weghuber D., Frelut M.L., O’Malley G. 
Obes Facts. 2016;9(1):52-63.
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“Physical activity and physical fitness in pediatric obesity: what are the first steps for clinicians.”
O’Malley G., Ring-Dimitriou S., Nowicka P., Vania A., Frelut M.L., Farpour-Lambert N., Weghuber D., Thivel D.
Expert conclusion from the 2016 ECOG workshop. Int J Exerc Sci 2017;10(4): 487-96.
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“Physical Activity in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: The Position of the European Childhood Obesity Group and the European Academy of Pediatrics.”
Wyszyńska J., Ring-Dimitriou S., Thivel D., Weghuber D., Hadjipanayis A., Grossman Z., Ross-Russell R., Dereń K., Mazur A., Wyszyńska J., et al.
Front Pediatr. 2020 Nov 5;8:535705. doi: 10.3389/fped.2020.535705. eCollection 2020.Front Pediatr. 2020. PMID: 33224905 Free PMC article. Review.
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“Paediatric obesity and brain functioning: The role of physical activity-A novel and important expert opinion of the European Childhood Obesity Group.”
Esteban-Cornejo I., Reilly J., Ortega F.B., Matusik P., Mazur A., Erhardt E., Forslund A., Vlachopapadopoulou E.A., Caroli M., Boyland E., Weghuber D., Thivel D., Esteban-Cornejo I., et al.  
Pediatr Obes. 2020 Sep;15(9):e12649. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12649. Epub 2020 May 27.Pediatr Obes. 2020. PMID: 32459068.
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“Ultra-Processed Food Consumption among the Paediatric Population: An Overview and Call to Action from the European Childhood Obesity Group.”
Khandpur N., Neri D.A., Monteiro C., Mazur A., Frelut M.L., Boyland E., Weghuber D., Thivel D.Khandpur N., et al.
Ann Nutr Metab. 2020;76(2):109-113. doi: 10.1159/000507840. Epub 2020 Apr 28.Ann Nutr Metab. 2020. PMID: 32344405 No abstract available.
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“Digital Food Marketing to Young People: A Substantial Public Health Challenge.”
Boyland E., Thivel D., Mazur A., Ring-Dimitriou S., Frelut M.L., Weghuber D., Boyland E., et al.
On behalf of the European Childhood Obesity Group, Ann Nutr Metab. 2020;76(1):6-9. doi: 10.1159/000506413. Epub 2020 Feb 26.Ann Nutr Metab. 2020. PMID: 32101856.
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“Online Food Marketing in the Livestream Environment: What Is the Role of Censorship?”
Edwards C.G.,  Pollack C.C., Boyland E.J., Evans R.K., Gilbert-Diamond D., Masterson T.D. 
Editorial Ann Nutr Metab 2020; DOI: 10.1159/000512118.
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ECOG Protocol For The Study Of Childhood Obesity Prevalence

A protocol for the study of childhood obesity prevalence was established by ECOG and can be found at ECOG Prevalence Protocol (English version) – PDF.

This protocol was described in detail for the study evaluating the prevalence of childhood obesity in France. It includes questionnaires, instructions for measurements, information letters etc.

This document can assist in designing and conducting studies on the prevalence of childhood obesity and facilitate international comparisons.

Reference:  Lehingue Y. The European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) project: the European collaborative study on the prevalence of obesity in children. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;70:166S-8S

ECOG’s Books

Walter Burniat, Tim.J.Cole, Inge Lissau, Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt: Child and Adolescent Obesity Causes and Consequences, Prevention and Management. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-521-65237-5

The free eBook on Child and adolescent obesity available at