Causes and Assessment of Obesity

Rationale

The World Health Organisation reports that overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide, in both advanced and developing countries, and is contributing to the increasing levels of non-communicable metabolic and mechanically induced disorders such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedic problems, obstructive sleep apnoea and certain cancers. In order to successfully manage and prevent obesity, it is important to understand its metabolic, genetic and environmental causes as well as the validity and reliability issues relating to the assessment of obesity.

 

Module Code   XN7202
Level 7
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions

 

Module Aims:

  1. To study the main metabolic pathways associated with energy metabolism and their integration and control, in normal and abnormal situations.
  2. To develop a critical understanding of the normal metabolism of adipose tissue and the metabolic problems associated with energy imbalance resulting in the deposition of excess fat which may lead to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
  3. To develop a critical understanding of the mechanisms by which body weight and body composition are controlled.
  4. To understand the genetic and environmental causes of energy imbalance.
  5. To appreciate the role of nutritional assessment as a prelude to successful dietary intervention in different groups within the population.
  6. To understand the nature and magnitude of error using the major instruments for assessment of body composition, overweight and obesity.
  7. To develop a deeper understanding of contemporary issues in this area.

 

Module Outcomes:

 

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Have a comprehensive understanding of the normal metabolic processes of the body related to energy.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of normal metabolism of adipose tissue and the metabolic problems associated with energy imbalance resulting in the deposition of excess fat which may lead to insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes.
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the regulation of food intake and the genetic causes of energy imbalance.
  4. Evaluate critically the main methods of nutrition or dietary assessment used in practice, both for individual client groups and population based assessments.
  5. Demonstrate critical understanding of the methods for assessment of overweight and obesity.
  6. Demonstrate practical skills and knowledge of methods for anthropometry and body composition analysis.
  7. Demonstrate substantial expertise in selection of methodology and determination of a therapeutic plan for a client.

 

This module contributes to the following core dimensions:

The module will provide the current perspectives and explore contemporary research and practice in the obesity area.  Students will gain skills in critical evaluation. Transferable skills will include; communication and literary skills, problem solving and independent learning.

 

For an application pack please contact:

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester
CH1 4BJ

Tel: 01244 511000
Email: hscadmissions@chester.ac.uk