Obesity: Causes and Consequences

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At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. We offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Our partners include over 20 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.

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Obesity is changing the world we live in. Across a wide range of sectors - from the food industry to clothing design - we see the impact of the world’s growing waistline.

Perhaps the biggest impact obesity has is on our physical and psychological health, and the organisations and institutions that care for us.

Investigate the causes and consequences of obesity

In this free online course, we’ll investigate how modern life is increasing levels of obesity around the world, and the wide-ranging consequences this has on individual lives and society as a whole.

We’ll explore the impact of abundant, cheap, high-calorie fast food; sedentary lifestyles; changing modes of transport; and increasing urbanisation. Over four weeks, we’ll ask:

  • How do we define and measure obesity?
  • What are the causes of obesity?
  • What are the consequences of obesity on health?
  • How is research into obesity helping us to understand the issue?

Take a mu...

Obesity is changing the world we live in. Across a wide range of sectors - from the food industry to clothing design - we see the impact of the world’s growing waistline.

Perhaps the biggest impact obesity has is on our physical and psychological health, and the organisations and institutions that care for us.

Investigate the causes and consequences of obesity

In this free online course, we’ll investigate how modern life is increasing levels of obesity around the world, and the wide-ranging consequences this has on individual lives and society as a whole.

We’ll explore the impact of abundant, cheap, high-calorie fast food; sedentary lifestyles; changing modes of transport; and increasing urbanisation. Over four weeks, we’ll ask:

  • How do we define and measure obesity?
  • What are the causes of obesity?
  • What are the consequences of obesity on health?
  • How is research into obesity helping us to understand the issue?

Take a multidisciplinary approach to obesity

Specialists from the University of Reading’s School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy will guide you through the latest research in the field, and discuss how a multidisciplinary approach can help tackle the obesity epidemic.

If you’re a healthcare professional, this course will offer you a taste of the University’s Certificate in Obesity Management.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in understanding obesity and health, including healthcare professionals.

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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
I expected this course to be a bit superficial because there were only four weeks of materials - and it was. On the other hand the passionate instructors taught as much as they could in the time they had and I learnt quite a few things which I did not expect. For example, that being stigmatized is acutally the BIGGEST challenge an obese or overweight people are facing. I also internalised that obesity is not related to laziness or greed one tends to think but that it is a very complex issues that affects very different people. The discussions in the comments were also much more vivid and interesting than on most other courses I have completed so far. Each week we were asked to post our thoughts on different questions or share videos or articles with the other participants. All in all: I recomment this course to people who like thought-provoking impulse as a way to connect with people from around the world.
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4 years, 7 months ago
This is my first completed Future Learn course. The research of the university's nutrition department is rated quite highly in the world. With so many conflicting claims about eating, what food is good for you/bad for you, etc, I thought their research influence was important. I particularly was influenced by one part of the course dealing with the detailed metabolic effects of sugar (sucrose) and fructose. Even though in general I prefer the more structured edX and Cousera platform for MOOCs, I thought this MOOC was a good effort.
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