Introduction to the causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity. Fall. and modification of eating and exercise behaviors in weight control. Fall / Spring.
Jean Harvey ()
Dates: May 19 - June 13, 2014
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US secondary only to tobacco use. In the first part of the course we explore the definitions of obesity, who is most likely to be obese, the health consequences, and degree to which obesity is genetically determined or behaviorally based. In part two, we discuss the purported causes of obesity from big food and big portions to social networks and the influence of your mother (?!?) on your eating habits. Finally, the last part of the course reviews obesity treatment strategies - what works, how well it works and why things like green coffee bean extract are a joke while taxes on soda might not be.
There is no text for this course. Students are expected to come to lecture prepared to participate. Readings are required and must be done (along with pre-lecture questions) before class. Five pop quizzes are given during the semester and three exams (one after each section) complete the evaluation components. Students will have access to course lectures in outline form only. In other words, you have to come to class to get the full story!
Pre-lecture questions (50 points) Pop quizzes (5; drop the lowest grade for a total of 100 points) 3 exams of 100 points each; final is NOT cummulative
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