ESPE Working Group on Obesity

The Obesity working group aims to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in obese children which put them at risk of metabolic problems during childhood and adolescence.

Report on activities from 2019

The Annual Meeting Symposium for the Obesity Working Group took place on Thursday 19 September 2019 at 08:00-10:00 in Vienna, Austria.  

Programme for the 2019 Annual Meeting Symposium

The ESPE Obesity Working Group got a final approval from the ESPE Council for the Insulin Resistance research project (January 2019). Insulin Resistance Survey was distributed through Google Docs platform to the clinicians and researchers from the existing ESPE ObWG database and their colleagues who accepted invitation. Data were statistically analyzed and discussed by the ESPE ObWG Steering Committee and presented on the Working Group session during the ESPE meeting in Vienna (19 September 2019). “Insulin Resistance in Obese Youth: from pathogenic aspects to practical considerations” was chosen as a title of this session so as to encourage participants to the broad discussion of the problem. Results of the project are currently under review for publication.


A collaborative project, funded by the ESPE before, between Drs.  Wieland Kiess, Bessie Spiliotis and Jesús Argente was completed. The data generated by this project are currently in press.


The ESPE ObWG group is working on:

  • developing the  protocol for treatment and follow-up of prediabetic pediatric patients
  • evaluation of comorbidities in childhood obesity in large populations
  • determining epigenetics of pediatric obesity
  • performing multination metabolomic studies to better understand hyperinsulinemia in childhood obesity
  • collaborating with sister societies
  • increasing number of active members


For further information on the activities of this Working Group please contact the Coordinator Tatyana Chaychenko at tatyana.chaychenko@gmail.com 

Working Group Steering Committee


Tatyana Chaychenko


Jesús Argente


Bessie Spiliotis


Claude Marcus


Martin Wabitsch


Antje Körner


Francesco Chiarelli