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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 dr.ahmed s

Mar 31, 2020

obesity not just balancing calories

By Sylvia S

Jul 3, 2018

good information, interesting facts

By April R

Aug 24, 2021

A great beginning course to take!

By basem m s

Dec 18, 2017

awesome course and very helpful

By Manal A

Aug 24, 2021

​amazing course thank you alot

By fatima n k

Nov 16, 2019

it is a very good experiment

By Angie W

May 2, 2018

Interesting and informative.

By Sandy C

May 2, 2018

Excellent! Very interesting!

By Emanuele C

Jan 20, 2021

Amazin course, well done.

By may l

Apr 9, 2020

like this course thanks(:


Jan 6, 2021

A really usefull course!

By Wanda B

Jan 23, 2022

​definitely recommend

By Şenol Y

Apr 18, 2020

Thanks for everything


May 9, 2022

thanks for every onr

By DR. M S K - F P

Mar 26, 2019

P.hd level course

By Aula

Feb 4, 2019

Thank you so much

By Amanda C

Oct 29, 2017

Excellent course.

By Sri l B

May 7, 2018

very informative

By Abigail S S

Oct 15, 2018

Excelente curso

By Philippe P

Jul 30, 2017

Great course.


Oct 5, 2021

great course


Mar 18, 2018


By Mahendra A

Sep 11, 2021

Nice Course

By Andreina S

Feb 7, 2022


By Hallie E

Feb 6, 2021