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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Understand obesity, appetite hormones, and weight set point.

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    Identify the main dietary factors that affect weight.

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    Recognize underemphasized barriers to weight loss such as stress and inadequate sleep.

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    Develop a weight management plan you can follow for life.

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours a week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Understanding Obesity

Since the discovery of the first appetite hormone in the 1990s, the science of obesity has advanced dramatically. The growing understanding of how hunger and weight "set point" are regulated is changing the way we need to approach weight loss. This week, we will see how the brain, hormones, gut, and emotions interact to control food intake and weight. By learning about our biology, and how to work with rather than against it, you will become more successful at reaching your goals....
5 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Dealing with Something Greater than Willpower4m
How We Regulate Appetite & Food Intake3m
Obesity As a Disease of Weight Set Point3m
Why There's No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Losing Weight3m
4 readings
Course Outline & Grading Information5m
Week 120m
The Science Behind Weight Regains
Weight Set Point & Genetics30m
1 practice exercise
Let's Practice!20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Managing Obesity: The Role of Diet

Counting calories can be helpful, but not all calories are created equal. Different foods are broken down and interact with our body in dramatically different ways. This week, we will look at the common ground among the healthiest dietary patterns and outline a framework for the diet best supported by existing scientific studies....
3 videos (Total 16 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
The Benefits of Whole Foods4m
Weight Loss Diet Wars: Is There a Best Diet?6m
3 readings
Week 230m
Processed Foods & Diet50m
The Role of Whole Foods30m
1 practice exercise
Let's Practice!20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Beyond Diet: The Role of Stress, Exercise, & Sleep

While the foods we eat are critical for managing weight, they are only part of the challenge. Often underestimated are the effects of stress, exercise, and sleep. The goal this week is to see how each of these factors can influence the hormones and chemicals that control our appetite and metabolism....
3 videos (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Exercise & Physical Activity: Powering Your Metabolism4m
Sleep Deprivation & Appetite2m
4 readings
Week 330m
Stress40m
Exercise30m
Sleep30m
1 practice exercise
Let's Practice!20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Using Habit & Emotions to Your Advantage

Habits drive many of our everyday choices. Unlike deliberate decisions, habits are carried out instinctively. In addition to knowing about the foods and behaviors we need to adopt, we need to engineer habits to support out goals subconsciously. This week, we will learn how to use habit to our advantage and practice mindfulness when we eat....
3 videos (Total 12 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
How to Consistently Make Healthy Choices4m
Developing a Better Relationship with Food3m
3 readings
Week 420m
Environment & Unconscious Choices
How to Be a Mindful Eater25m
1 practice exercise
Let's Practice!20m

Instructor

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Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

About Emory University

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world's leading research universities. Its mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity....

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