Obesity: Behavioural Aspects


In this module you will learn to connect psychological risks, eating disorders and family influence to behaviour patterns in obesity. You will consider the role of stress, as well as neurobiology and addiction. Most importantly, your understanding will be linked to new skills. You will not just understand how these factors are connected to obesity, but how they affect each individual patient.


Module Aims

The module aims to:

  • Provide a critical understanding of the concepts and controversies in regard to the impact of psychological and emotional issues on eating behaviours in obese people.
  • Debate issues surrounding the need for consideration of psychological aspects in dealing with the obesity problem.
  • Appraise the need for compassionate communication and Motivational Interviewing in eliciting behaviour change

Module Content

This module reviews emotional and psychological issues around eating and obesity to explore the possible aetiologies that affect an individual’s eating behaviour, reviewing research that claims neuronal pathways leading to addiction are influenced by food. The impact of obesity in childhood, on both short and long term mental health and well being will be reviewed, along with parental influences. Consideration will be given to the effects of social stigmas attached to being overweight, and their impact on the ability to lose weight and maintain that loss.

The module also considers the need for compassionate communication and Motivational Interviewing in discerning the patient narrative, and some of the possible treatment options, that help to support and sustain change in eating behaviour.

Each module intake starts with a specifically designed Introduction to Academic Online Learning. Students are required to complete some simple assignments to ensure they are able not only to work in the online environment but also are aware of the requirements for academic study at this level.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Methods of delivery include: audio and visual presentations involving interactive e-learning units and presentations, Discussion Forums, academic tutorials and group work. Students learn through engaging in critical reflective practice on cases and course material that is recorded in their Student Log; Discussion Forums; critiquing articles and web based sources of information; quizzes to assess knowledge and understanding of key papers; casework; group work; and research-based assignments.


The assessment of this module includes formative and summative assessments that develop and assess: participation in Discussion Forums; self reflection and reflection on peer contributions; research based, case led assignment; and application of behaviour change strategies.

Who Is This Course For?

CCH courses have been specifically developed for Health professionals who are interested in advancing their understanding of obesity and developing more practical methods for the management and treatment of obesity. The course is most suitable for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists, and counsellors running weight-management clinics.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry to this module applicants are normally required to have the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant health or social care, or biomedical discipline or evidence of equivalent health and/or social care experience which equates to Level 6 abilities eg working as a senior nurse/midwife or healthcare practitioner in a leadership or management role which requires evidence of critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Students should be working in a relevant area and have a minimum of one year experience.
  • Proficiency in the English Language (equivalent of IELTS Level 7, min 6.5 in all components).
  • Students studying one of our postgraduate courses would normally have studied the Causes and Consequences of Obesity module prior to studying this module.
  • Students who hold an HE Diploma, or evidence of equivalent health and/or social care experience which equates to Level 6 can apply to enrol on Obesity: Causes and Consequences at Level 6. Following successful completion of this module they will be invited to study further modules at Level 7 as part of the PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Obesity Care and Management.

Tuition Fees

The tuition for each 20 credit postgraduate module is £1,185.

The module fee can be paid in instalments. Please contact the Admissions Team on +44 (0)20 3773 4895 for more details.

If you are ready, click the Apply Now button below to apply for this module.


Graduates of CCH courses will enhance their knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity care and management. The course develops health professionals who are confident, highly skilled practitioners with a well-rounded understanding of the obesity problem and how to practically treat and manage it. The course gives health professionals the essential knowledge to make an impact in helping deal with the obesity epidemic.

Application Process
The entire application process is online. Here are the steps which need to be completed before you study:

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form. If you need any help, please call +44(0)20 3773 4895.


2. Review

We review your application within 10 working days. At this stage, we may ask for additional documents.


3. Fees

If your application is successful, you need to pay the tuition fee (see above).


4. Access

Get access to CCH, complete the 5 hour Introduction to Academic Online Learning course, and start your studies.



If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us.

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Course Information
  • Course Id:BA
  • Credit:20
  • Timings:Jan, Apr, Sep

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