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Learners taking this Course are
  • Nutritionists
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Week 1: What we know, and how we know it.

4 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Why is obesity a problem?8m
What do we know about appetite and obesity? Part 110m
What do we know about appetite and obesity? Part 27m
3 readings
About the course3m
MOOCcast 1.1: The Scientific Method10m
MOOCcast 1.2: Science, evidence and the media10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Physiology and Stress

2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Early-life experience8m
3 readings
MOOCcast 2.1: Is food an addictive substance?10m
MOOCcast 2.2: Is eating a behavioural addiction?10m
MOOCcast 2.3: Stress, eating and dieting10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz15m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Psychology and Behaviour

2 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Economic approaches to obesity9m
2 readings
MOOCcast 3.1: Portion size and meal size10m
MOOCcast 3.2: Food insecurity10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz15m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Consolidation and Discussion

2 quizzes
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz10m
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Top reviews from Understanding Obesity

By ADAug 19th 2017

Very well addressed from different aspects. Helped forming a solid foundation to address the obesity problem as well as to make good food choices with portion control.

By RRAug 15th 2017

this is very good course, helped me think about well being not just health. hope to see more courses from the Mr Menzies. thanks!

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Dr John Menzies

University of Edinburgh

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