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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 ahmed a

Mar 9, 2022

this course changed some of my prospectives related to obesity is so benificial

By Kate B

Mar 7, 2019

Why wasn't the world's sedentary lifestyle not discussed as a cause of weight gain?

By Sara S C C

Jun 21, 2022

Good information but poorly constructed/maintained course structure.

By Anna M

Jul 15, 2021

good layout and easy to follow and keep up to date on the course

By Dahlila V

Apr 29, 2021

This is a great course for a beginner to take. Thank you.

By Dr. S

Sep 16, 2020

Role of gut microbiota on obesity should be included

By yim f H

May 8, 2022

A good course! Enjoyed the quizzes! Thank you!

By Fumio S

Sep 19, 2018

It was a very interesting lecture.

By Ahmad A

Jan 6, 2018

thanks for an excellent course

By Julie M

May 24, 2021


By Dr . P A B

Mar 9, 2022

It would have been bettrer with biochem,ical basis or the obesity to occur was explained.

It was still a great experienvce to know few of the fact to know about the obesity and understanding the unspoken causes for it.

By Sean W

Jan 13, 2021

A Good Introduction to the field, certainly easy to absorb informative and short enough to establish the current areas of interaction in the realm.

I recommend.

By Iram A

Dec 6, 2017

Because can only take the final quiz once and its not really related to what i studied... :(

By Mark

Aug 25, 2017

Covers the basics well, but a little more simplistic than I was expecting.