Free course

Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

Free statement of participation on completion

The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals, legislators and the media. This free course, Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment, looks at the science behind obesity, examining the dietary, physiological and genetic aspects of the topic.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • list the six key nutrient groups and explain their role in a healthy diet
  • understand and calculate body mass index (BMI), and use such calculations to predict desirable weight ranges for individuals
  • explain the importance of a balanced diet in terms of energy intake
  • explain how genetic and environmental variables may interact to produce variability in human body weight and adiposity both within and across generations
  • apply an understanding of gene–environment interactions to possible explanations of variability in body weight and adiposity.