Childhood Obesity Masterclass

MAY 05 - 07, 2022

General Information

The programme for 2022 Masterclass will be focused on ‘Childhood Obesity’ with sessions addressing key issues in research, treatment and public health.
Teaching will be  interactive and delivered by European experts, and included both lectures and practical training.
The learning outcomes will be:

  • Appreciate  the various mechanism involved in obesity development
  • Understanding obesity and of latest basic science developments
  • Recognize that obesity has multiple health consequences  (cardiometabolic, neuropsychological, gut health)
  • Recognize the clinical evaluation techniques and the effectiveness of different interventions and treatments
  • Become familiar with tools and methods that can implement the management programmes Identify various public health challenges
  • Understand how to develop interventions on large population.

The course language is English.


This school is planned for onsite participation only. We will be carefully monitoring the situation in Italy together with national COVID-19 regulations. ESPGHAN reserves the right to postpone/cancel the course or change its current format if deemed necessary to protect the health of our delegates, faculty and staff.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.

Registration & Fees

Application will open early 2022.
Application Fees:
Standard Registration Fee: EUR 100
AHP Registration Fee: EUR 75

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online tool, please contact Applications will be reviewed after the above application deadline.

The course language is English.


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Childhood obesity: diagnosis and complications

13.00-14.00 Participants registration and light lunch

Session 01: Diagnose
14.15-14.45 Body composition and sarcopenia 
14.45-15.15 Metabolic syndrome and adiposity indices
15.15-15.45 Life course models of obesity 
15.45-16.15 Coffee Break

Session 02: Causes and Consequences
16.15-16.45 Neuropsychology, brain structure and function in obesity
16.45-17.15 Obesity-related eating disorders
2 groups
- Workshop genetic and endocrine obesity clinical cases 
Workshop nutritional assessment body composition clinical cases
18.15-19.00 Obesity and hormones

Day 02 - Childhood obesity: pathophysiology and role of prevention

08.15-09.00 2 groups
- Workshop genetic and endocrine obesity clinical cases 
- Workshop nutritional assessment, body composition clinical cases

Session 03: Early nutrition and developmental perspective
09.00-09.30 Early programming and early metabolic biomarkers
09:30-10.00 Breastfeeding
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
The effect of complementary feeding on growth patterns and body composition
11.30-12.00 The prematurity and the risk of later NCD: myth or reality?
12.00-12:30 The obese pregnancy
The adipose tissue development
13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Session 04: Prevention strategies and food habits for prevention?
14.00-14-30 What dietary factors and food habits for prevention?
14.30-15.00 Holistic perspective for obesity prevention from early life. LifeCycle EU Project
15.00-15.30 The role of gut microbiota: cause or consequence?
Personalized nutrition for prevention
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.45 2 groups
- Workshop OB study questions, brainstorm about OB RCT’s
- Workshop The EU project for obesity prevention 

- Workshop OB study questions, brainstorm about OB RCT’s
- Workshop The EU project for obesity prevention 

Day 03 - Treatment: pitfalls

09.00-09.30 Population-level health interventions 
09.30-10.00 Individual interventions 
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
Bariatric surgery: lights and shadows 
11.30-12.00 Clinical case severe obesity  (participants)
12.00-12.30 Modulating the gut microbiota
12.30-13.00 Discussion and Conclusion
13.00-14.00 Light Lunch

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will cover the following for onsite delegates

  • 2 nights accommodation in single occupancy on May 05 and 06 (pre-arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Dinners on May 05 and 06 (pre-arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Course catering
  • Course material


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401


Application will open in early 2022. Please monitor this webpage for updates.