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Understanding Obesity, The University of Edinburgh

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About this Course

In this course, we’ll look at the facts and misconceptions around obesity and discuss key physiological and psychological concepts around the brain’s control of appetite and body weight. We’ll consider the biological and environmental pressures that make it easy to gain weight (and hard to lose it!). Most importantly, we'll give you the opportunity to reflect on your own knowledge and assumptions around the subject. We deliver course materials as a mixture of videos, audio-only MOOCcasts, and a selection of short readings. There are short weekly quizzes, a peer-reviewed exercise, and discussion activities on the forum. These will help you prepare for the final project. In it, you are invited to demonstrate your evidence-informed understanding and express how you'll develop it beyond the course. The course features Citizen Science projects. We'll collect data from you (anonymously, of course) and use it to drive participant-led discussions of controversial ideas. In this way, we hope to explore ideas around diet and obesity. These projects also give a taste of how scientific evidence is collected and interpreted by scientists, and give some indication how much there still is to discover and understand....

Top reviews


Aug 19, 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.


Aug 15, 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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47 Reviews

By aula sharfo

Feb 04, 2019

Thank you so much

By Johanna Rodríguez

Nov 01, 2018

Excellent, easy to follow and interesting course!

By Abigail Salgado Servín

Oct 15, 2018

Excelente curso

By Farida Al-Rimawi

Sep 23, 2018

I loved how they talk about obesity from global view and epidemic, not just as individuals.

By Fumio Saito

Sep 19, 2018

It was a very interesting lecture.

By Sylvia Smart

Jul 04, 2018

good information, interesting facts

By Alicia Cabrera Landeros

May 17, 2018

I really enjoyed it. This course it was very useful.

I learned how obesity it is more than a healthy problem it is also a economic problem and we need to create new policies and be more aware about this epidemic illness.

It helping me to modify my habits and be more careful with my food choices.


May 15, 2018

Great new information!!! Thank you very much!

By Siarhei Dabravolski

May 13, 2018

Very informative and useful for wide audience.

By Sri latha Bhooma

May 08, 2018

very informative