The University of Edinburgh

Understanding Obesity

Taught in English

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Dr John Menzies

Instructor: Dr John Menzies


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6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
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There are 4 modules in this course

This week we'll discuss what we know about diet, appetite and obesity. But, and perhaps more importantly, we'll point out the gaps in our knowledge.

What's included

4 videos3 readings1 quiz

This week we discuss some aspects of the physiology of obesity and learn how so-called "food addiction", stress and early-life experience can affect our eating choices. Included is an optional assignment where you can explore barriers to healthy eating. This assignment is not graded but does use the same interface as the Week 4 assessment. As such, you may find it useful to use it as practice for the "real thing".

What's included

2 videos3 readings1 quiz1 peer review

This week we discuss some aspects of the psychology of appetite control and learn how portion sizes and food insecurity might affect our behaviours.

What's included

2 videos2 readings1 quiz

This week online material will be posted ad hoc as we consolidate and discuss what we've already learned. This week's main tasks are a quiz on the scientific method and the peer-reviewed assignment. Please note you can attempt the Week 4 quiz only once.

What's included

1 quiz1 peer review


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Dr John Menzies
The University of Edinburgh
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