This was the first MSc course on obesity to be established in London. The course examines the problem of an excess of energy intake over energy expenditure from an integrative perspective: risk factors for obesity and risks associated with obesity are considered as well as strategies for reducing these risks. A solid scientific base on obesity risks as well as important prevention strategies will enable you to design interventions and research projects for combating obesity for all ages and different population groups.
Key areas of study
- risk factors for overweight and obesity
- chronic disease and obesity
- psychosocial factors in the management of obesity
- physical activity and weight
- principles of nutrition and metabolism
- planning and evaluation of interventions
Cultural and lifestyle issues relating to overweight and obesity; management and treatment of obesity; bariatric surgery; regulation of appetite; development of food preferences; school-based interventions; variations in energy intake and expenditure in response to eating or skipping breakfast; activity-specific energy expenditure; obesity interventions; obesity and mood disorders.
Our graduates follow careers in the public and private sector including public health, academia research/teaching, commercial research, NHS (various roles) and local and central government (roles in policy and health promotion). In addition, existing health professionals, such as dietician or nutritionists study the course as part of their career development and specialisation.