Obesity and Weight Management

Obesity and Weight Management
Review of the scientific literature surrounding obesity and weight management, primarily the causes and consequences of this growing epidemic.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesExSc 463 or concurrent enrollment.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining EXSC 480
Course Outcomes

Historical Framework

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical framework and prevalence of overweight/obesity in adults and children.

Etiology and Health Risks

Understand the etiology and health risks related to overweight/obesity.

Economic Costs and Social Consequences

Describe the economic costs and social consequences associated with overweight/obesity.

Energy Balance

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of energy balance.

Methods of Assessment

Understand methods of assessing overweight/obesity, body composition, diet, and physical activity.

Methods of Treatment

Demonstrate an understanding of various methods of treating overweight/obesity including: diet, physical activity, behavioral, pharmacological, and surgical interventions.


Demonstrate an understanding of pediatric, family and public interventions to prevent or attenuate the rise in obesity.

Applying Weight Management Strategies

Have a personal experience applying weight management strategies.

How Learning Objectives Will Be Achieved

These learning objectives will be achieved through class lectures, student projects, scientific readings, and in-class activities. Students will be evaluated through written exams, quizzes and projects.