• Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO)

  • To raise public awareness
    about obesity and metabolic health

  • To promulgate evidence-based
    health informations related to obesity

  • To advocate obesity as a health
    problem of high priority in our community

About Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO)

Obesity has become a global epidemic and the prevalence is rapidly increasing in Asia. In Hong Kong, roughly 30% of the general adult population are obese, and in addition, another 20% are overweight (2014/15 Hong Kong Population Health Survey). Obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease and cancer. The costs of managing obesity and its downstream complications are enormous and pose a serious financial burden to our society.

The Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO) was established in 2003 by a group of healthcare professionals including endocrinologists, surgeons, family physicians, dietitians, clinical psychologists, physical education specialists and pharmacists, etc, dedicated to raise public awareness about obesity and metabolic health. The Association has the mandate to promulgate evidence-based health information related to obesity and to advocate obesity as a health problem of high priority in our community.

Mission Statements

The objectives for which the Association is established are:

  1. To focus attention and stimulate the study of obesity in Hong Kong including its causes, manifestations and prevention.
  2. To provide an independent body of healthcare professionals involved in both basic and applied research into the subject.
  3. To encourage research into all facets and prevention of obesity.
  4. To provide a better understanding of obesity to healthcare professionals and to general public.
  5. 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.

Executive Committee

HKASO Executive Committee 2019—2021

President Dr. Francis CC Chow
Vice president Dr. Vincent TF Yeung
Honorary secretary Dr. Lorena TF Cheung
Honorary treasurer Dr. Gary TC Ko
Council members Dr. Kitty KT Cheung
Prof. Stanley SC Hui
Dr. Ka Fai Lee
Dr. June KY Li
Dr. Matthew KW Lo
Prof. Andrea OY Luk
Newsletter editor Prof. Andrea OY Luk
Website and Social Media Dr. Kitty KT Cheung
Travelling grant Dr. Gary TC Ko
Dr. Ka Fai Lee
Honorary auditor Mr. Simon Ng
Honorary legal advisor Mr. Jimmy Chan