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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


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.


Apr 26, 2020

enjoyed learning about obesity and learning to identify facts vs assumptions. I hope to help support people around me who have obesity issue.

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By Dra. F L M

Jan 26, 2017

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

By Johanna R

Nov 01, 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 Geraldine M

Aug 22, 2017

Excelente curso, información muy interesante.

By Jennifer B

Apr 21, 2017

Very interesting course! Thank you very much!

By Marwa A A E

Jun 21, 2020

This is the beginning and I want to continue

By Rodriguez, E

Aug 10, 2017

Clear and easy to understand information.

By olga t

May 06, 2018


By Hanna W

Feb 17, 2019

Very informative and well organised!

By ahmed s

Mar 31, 2020

obesity not just balancing calories

By Sylvia S

Jul 04, 2018

good information, interesting facts

By basem m s

Dec 18, 2017

awesome course and very helpful

By fatima n k

Nov 16, 2019

it is a very good experiment

By Angie W

May 02, 2018

Interesting and informative.

By Sandy C

May 02, 2018

Excellent! Very interesting!

By may l

Apr 09, 2020

like this course thanks(:

By Şenol Y

Apr 18, 2020

Thanks for everything

By DR. M S K - F P

Mar 26, 2019

P.hd level course

By aula s

Feb 04, 2019

Thank you so much

By Amanda C

Oct 29, 2017

Excellent course.

By Mohamed A A H

Feb 28, 2019

Very good course

By Sri l B

May 08, 2018

very informative