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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Understanding Obesity by The University of Edinburgh

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About the 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


Apr 15, 2022

The course opens the door to a better understanding of obesity, through a simple but evidence-based explanation. It is highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn about obesity without bias.


Apr 26, 2021

Enjoyed every minute of this learning experience. Appreciate the layout of the course, content, relevance to my work, and the global needs of the current day! Thank you.

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By Filipa A P L L

Oct 3, 2021

​It was a surprising course with the last news of area in terms of studies.

By Jacqueline J

Feb 4, 2021

An amazing, engaging course. It nullifies previous baseless knowledge.

By Saadiya Y

Sep 22, 2017

Very interesting! Insightful understanding to the problem of obesity.

By Sayed B

Aug 12, 2017

the course is rich, informative and the best thing is evidence based

By Jekaterina

Jul 29, 2017

Thank you for the curse. I started to understand more about obesity.

By Yessicha G D

Aug 24, 2021

Clear, brief, and interesting explanations regarding the topics!

By RabiyaPervaiz

Apr 18, 2020

It's an excellent course .I have learned a lot from this course

By Zeynep A

Aug 24, 2017

Im learning a good data hear , thank you for everything !

By lourd z

Feb 14, 2022

It was very useful and I learnt a lot of informations

By Dra. F L M

Jan 26, 2017

Excellent! it is easy, practical an simple. Love it.

By Johanna R

Nov 1, 2018

Excellent, easy to follow and interesting course!

By Федина Г С

Apr 26, 2020

Very useful, informative and interesting course!

By Natalia S

Nov 28, 2019

Amazing course that reveals truth about obesity

By Siarhei D

May 13, 2018

Very informative and useful for wide audience.


May 15, 2018

Great new information!!! Thank you very much!

By L P A

Aug 25, 2021

Agradezco su profesionalismo y compartirlo.

By Nicci D

May 19, 2021

Very thorough, informative, and insightful.


Apr 25, 2022

M​erci infiniment pour la qualité du cours

By Dr-Sara E

Mar 20, 2022

Very usefulhelpfuluseful nd helpful for my

By Rodriguez, E

Aug 9, 2017

Clear and easy to understand information.

By olga t

May 6, 2018


By Prasangi R

May 12, 2022

Very constructive important syllubus.

By Claudia V

Sep 17, 2021

Aprendí información nueva y relevante

By Hanna W

Feb 17, 2019

Very informative and well organised!

By Daliq T

Jul 28, 2021

I​t was an uforgettable experience!