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Obesity: Causes and Consequences

University of Reading via FutureLearn

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Overview

Obesity is changing the world we live in. Across a wide range of sectors - from the food industry to clothing design - we see the impact of the world’s growing waistline.

Perhaps the biggest impact obesity has is on our physical and psychological health, and the organisations and institutions that care for us.

Investigate the causes and consequences of obesity

In this free online course, we’ll investigate how modern life is increasing levels of obesity around the world, and the wide-ranging consequences this has on individual lives and society as a whole.

We’ll explore the impact of abundant, cheap, high-calorie fast food; sedentary lifestyles; changing modes of transport; and increasing urbanisation. Over four weeks, we’ll ask:

  • How do we define and measure obesity?
  • What are the causes of obesity?
  • What are the consequences of obesity on health?
  • How is research into obesity helping us to understand the issue?

Take a multidisciplinary approach to obesity

Specialists from the University of Reading’s School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy will guide you through the latest research in the field, and discuss how a multidisciplinary approach can help tackle the obesity epidemic.

If you’re a healthcare professional, this course will offer you a taste of the University’s Certificate in Obesity Management.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in understanding obesity and health, including healthcare professionals.

Taught by

Angela Alexander

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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
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Very well written and presented course on this topical issue. Learned a great deal, great refresher on other parts of the course. Well worth signing up!
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Jason G
4.0 5 years ago
Jason completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I enjoyed this class. It provided a lot of useful and interesting information in a way that made the material very accessible. The only reason I didn't give a 5/5 is that I wish the class went even further in depth.
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Glenn M
5.0 3 years ago
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Very interesting course on a sadly relevant topic. Well presented and excellent links to in-depth research and further readings. Well worth participating.
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