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Nutrition Science: Obesity and Healthy Weight Loss

University of Aberdeen via FutureLearn


Learn theories in human nutrition and weight management

According to NHS Digital, in the year 2019/2020, over 1 million hospital admissions were linked to obesity.

On this four-week course, you’ll reflect on the role of nutrition in influencing weight gain as well as the lived experience of obesity to truly understand the different contributing factors.

You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your ability to analyse current and developing theories in human nutrition and weight management.

You’ll discover the epidemiology trends in obesity and also understand the major lifestyle contributors to obesity and weight gain in society.

You’ll examine the principles of nutrition and critically evaluate the evidence base for nutrition guidelines.

Unpack the challenges of obesity treatment and prevention

As you explore the contributors to weight gain, you’ll also discover the many challenges for the prevention and treatment of obesity and how these can be overcome.

You’ll examine the dietary strategies on body weight management and the physiological and psychological bases of weight gain. With this knowledge, you’ll have the ability to evaluate what affects weight wellness.

Understand the barriers and enablers of weight loss management

To understand the impact on longer-term weight management, you’ll explore the barriers and enablers to post-weight loss management.

This will help you describe both the strengths and limitations of weight loss methods as you evaluate these with supporting evidence.

You’ll hear from health care professionals, clinicians, and people living with obesity to ensure you finish the course with greater knowledge and empathy of the causes of weight gain.

This course is for anyone with an interest in health, which would include allied health professionals, those working in health care or the food system, who are actively looking to enhance their CPD.


  • Prevention of Obesity and Overweight
    • Welcome to the Course
    • Is Obesity a Disease?
    • How do we Measure Obesity?
    • Is it all in the Genes?
    • The Science of Food Choice and Behaviour
    • End of the Week Summary
  • Weight Loss Diets
    • Welcome to week 2
    • Popular Diets and Dieting Myths
    • Clinical and Patient Perspective
    • End of the Week Summary
  • Non-Nutritional Aspects of Weight Loss
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • The Role of Physical Activity and Sleep
    • Alternative approaches in body weight managment
    • End of the Week Summary
  • Weight Loss Maintenance
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Time of Eating
    • Obesity - Personal or State Responsibility?
    • Post Weight-Loss Wellness
    • End of Week Summary
    • End of Course Video

Taught by

Alex Johnstone (Lead Educator)


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 21 ratings

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