Obesity Studies OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Health Sciences Class on Obesity Studies

Published Feb 10, 2009

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In the 'Obesity Studies (Balanced Diets and Treatments)' OpenCourseWare, students can learn about diet, nutrition, healthy and unhealthy eating habits that affect people's lifestyle. The free course is offered by The Open University and is a bachelor level class for students with intermediate knowledge about health sciences.

Obesity Studies (Balanced Diets and Treatments): Course Specifics

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Obesity Studies (Balanced Diets and Treatments): Course Description

Students taking the 'Obesity Studies (Balanced Diets and Treatments)' OpenCourseWare from The Open University can examine the different nutrients absorbed in the body, calculate body mass index and learn about the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet. Students can also study the genetic and environmental components that can promote unhealthy diet habits that lead to obesity. The course discusses the factors of a healthy and well-balanced diet through six nutrient groups, which include carbohydrates, water, minerals, proteins, vitamins and lipids or fats. The course features pictures of the essential food groups that provide these beneficial nutrients. It also examines the dietary reference values (DRV) and estimated average requirement (EAR) that people can use to determine their required daily nutrient intake. Students can also learn the different DRV and EAR requirements between males and females. The free course also shows students how obesity has risen over the years. It provides a case study that discusses an individual's story of becoming obese, finding out what caused his obesity and getting the proper treatment he needed.

This OpenCourseWare includes study materials. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the obesity studies course page.

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