Weight regulation and Obesity (NUTD319)
Evaluation & application of theories of weight control & eating behavior to weight reduction & maintenance programs, with emphasis on development of scientifically based methods to promote appropriate body weight. Students in this course learn the scientific basis of energy balance, energy metabolism, and the regulation of body weights in humans. Students also receive and introduction to the fundamentals of the biology of appetite regulation and genetics of obesity. The critical independent and inter-related roles physical activity, healthy nutrition, and health behavior change have to prevent and reduce obesity in children and adults are emphasized throughout the course. Students also study psychosocial factors related to obesity and emerging strategies for obesity treatment such as pharmacological and surgical approaches.