Patient Lounge On-Demand

ECPO Patient Lounge – By patients, for EVERYBODY!

We are now well underway with our Patient Lounge sessions which have been developed by the ECPO Communications team.  All of our previous sessions have been recorded and they are now available to view via Patient Lounge On-Demand.

Celebration of Achievements in 2023

We are excited to announce that our final Patient Lounge of the year is now available for you to watch. It’s a celebration of the remarkable work our teams have done, the collaboration moving forward, the lives we’ve touched, and the positive impact we’ve had on the healthcare landscape.

WOD2023 Patient Lounge Special

Catch up on the ECPO WOD2023 Special Lounge that originally premiered on the 3rd March

Patient Lounge January 2023

In this kick off to 2023 episode, ECPO Executive Director, Vicki Mooney previewed what is ahead for the patient community in 2023.

Join Vicki, as she speaks with guests from 9 different countries on topics such as ‘The Whale’ movie featuring Brendan Fraser, and Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Our guests will also explore the ‘Voices of youth’ Podcast, WOD2023 and ECO2023 with a fantastic panel of guests.

Voice of the Youth in Obesity

On this version of the Patient Lounge we launch our annual #LivingWithObesity Campaign with this year working with teenagers and young adults living with overweight and obesity.

It includes interviews with patients, parent, caregivers and a psychologist from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, the UK and Ireland.

The first in what will be a series of monthly podcasts leading up to World Obesity Day on March 4 has also been published with a new section of the ECPO website devoted to teenagers.

World Obesity Day – Newscast Special

The ECPO team hosted their live World Obesity Day Newscast on Friday 4th March.

On this World Obesity Day special, we will heard live from countries throughout Europe to find out more about how they supported World Obesity Day.

Vicki Mooney our Executive Director was excited about delving into a conversation with our colleagues from throughout Europe.

Let’s Talk About Weight Loss Surgery 

The latest episode of our Patient Lounge took place place on Tuesday 9 February, you can watch it back here!

In this episode we spoke with IFSO president elect Professor and surgeon Gerhard Prager on Bariatric Surgery from Austria.

Dr. Michael Crotty from ‘My Best Weight’ also joined us with our advocate from Netherlands ‘Natasja Wijling’ to further explore the importance of the Multidisciplinary team and patient experience.

We were also delighted to have Deirdre Kindlon Murphy join us from Ireland as we delve into social media support groups and what patients want to know.

And it wouldn’t be a patient lounge without some of our outstanding national leaders joining us to talk about online support! We’ll be welcoming ICPO Executive Director ‘Susie Birney’ and Obesity UK Director ‘Ken Clare’ to take the discussion further.

The latest episode of our Patient Lounge took place place on Thursday 21st October.

In this edition of ECPO Patient Lounge, we marketed this years #LivingwithObesity day and the launch of our European Image Bank and our call for action to end weight-based discrimination & stigma, especially in the media.

We also heard from EASO president Prof. Jason Halford, Health Journalist June Shannon & patient advocates on the panel.

Let’s Talk About Weight Regain

The latest episode of our Patient Lounge took place place on Tuesday 6th July, you can watch it back here!

In this edition of ECPO Patient Lounge, Vicki Mooney was joined by Prof. Carel Le Roux (Ireland) where they discussed the treatment following Weight Regain and Prof. Lisebeth Van Rossum (Netherlands) on the science behind Weight Regain.

We also heard from Andrew Healing from (Scotland) giving his honest personal experience of weight regain. Dr Arya Sharma (Germany), Dr Sally Walker (Spain) and our patient advocates, Teena Gates and Ben Whelan who are both board members of ICPO in Ireland, and joined us for the live panel discussion.

Let’s Talk About Upcoming Topics at ECO2021!

On this patient Lounge, we’re excited to bring you interviews with Prof. Rebecca Puhl (USA) on stigma, Prof. Tommy Visscher (Netherlands) on the obesogenic environment, Prof. Louisa Ells (UK) & Dr. Petur Juriusson (Norway) looking at Childhood Obesity.

Our Interviewee’s give us some brief insights on their topics which will be presented at this years virtual congress on obesity – ECO2021 from Monday 10th May to Thursday 13th May.

The Panellists on this edition were our President, Solveig Sigurdardottir (Iceland), Our Director of the scientific committee Elly Jeurissen (Belgium) & EASO Director of communications, Sheree Bryant (UK).

Let’s Talk About how People can Advocate Ahead of World Obesity Day 2021!

On this special Live Lounge, we looked deeper into ‘Patient Advocacy’ ahead of World Obesity Day which took place on Thursday 4 March.

Vicki Mooney our Executive Director, was excited about delving into a conversation with our colleagues in Germany from the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Selbsthilfe Adipositas (BAG). Three powerful organisations joined forces to strengthen their advocacy outcomes.

Our live patient panel featured Maura Murphy representing ICPO in Ireland, Mario Silva representing APCOI in Portugal and Audrey Roberts, VP of ECPO and our Scottish representative.

Let’s Talk About Women’s Health and Obesity!

Rising obesity rates around the world have had a profound impact on female reproductive health. Childhood obesity is associated with early onset of puberty, menstrual irregularities during adolescence and polycystic ovary syndrome. Women of reproductive age with obesity have a higher risk of ovulatory problems, fertility treatment and later in life Menopause.

Hormones affect just about everything that goes on in a woman’s body, from reproductive function and sexual libido to weight gain and overall mood. This means mood swings. Irritability. Bodily changes. New behaviours, and new sexual issues.

Which is why this episode of our Patient Lounge, we looked into how these challenges manifest in people living with Obesity, various women’s health and gynaecological issues.

In this session we had an interview with Patient Advocate on Obesity & PCOS Maureen Busby and others to discuss her experience.

Our Expert interview was brought to you by tag team power couple Dr. Michael Crotty & Dr. Caoimhe Hartley who discussed the over arching stigma and challenges around Obesity & Menopause that are often swept under the carpet.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health and Obesity!

In this episode of our Patient Lounge, we will be looking into how challenges around Mental Health manifest in people living with obesity, and various comorbidities. Vicki will delve into an interview with Patient Advocate Paul Stevenson and others to discuss how he has faced the demons many of us have, and chat about his experience.

Nigel Olisa, Executive Director from GAMIAN Europe and Tineke Mollema, Board member and patient from GAMIAN will also join Vicki for a chat about all things Mental Health in Europe at present.
Joining our patient panel for reflections, questions and discussions are

Ken Clare, ECPO Chairman, Obesity UK Director and ASO Trustee.

Solveig Sigurdardottir, ECPO President and author

Ann Vincent MBPsS, patient advocate and post graduate in Psychology.

The Launch of the ECPO Patient Lounge!

On the very first episode our host and Executive Director, Vicki Mooney delved into conversation with patient and media professional – Teena Gates who reflected on the personal encounters she faced during the year with obesity.

Vicki Mooney also chatted with Euan Woodward, Executive Director of EASO on policy matters, and also the inspiring Dr. Rebecca Richards Health psychologist, ASO UK Trustee.

Our panel discussion saw guests join from Iceland, Denmark, Portugal, and the UK who answered your questions live as they came in.

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