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OLET1518: Health Challenges: Weight Regulation

This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to provide its students with a basic understanding of factors that affect weight regulation in humans. Weight regulation is an area of growing interest of significance and urgency, as over and undernutrition remain serious public health concerns. The unit will cover basic physiology involved in body weight regulation and will explore basic key factors that can override these physiological mechanisms, including eating behaviour psychology, genetic influences and impact of the environment. These factors will be discussed with reference weight dysregulation (obesity and eating disorders). This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University’s Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease.

Code OLET1518
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 2

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. 1. Explain intermediate concepts of physiological weight homeostasis and energy balance
  • LO2. 2. Identify basic and novel non-homeostatic factors affecting weight regulation
  • LO3. Interpret how biological energy balance regulation influences their behaviours
  • LO4. Appraise information on weight regulation and evaluate its validity and credibility

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.