Nutritional Approaches to Obesity


As the examination and manipulation of the diet is a key factor in weight management and obesity care, this module will review and critique the various nutritional approaches for their impact and effectiveness in both prevention and treatment. At the end of the module, students will be able to determine and formulate effective, individualised dietary treatment plans taking into account individual needs.


Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Provide students with a thorough grounding in the effectiveness and validity of the main dietary approaches used in obesity care and management through review and evaluation of various dietary strategies and comparison with the world’s ‘healthiest’ diets
  • Prepare students to think critically about scientific research and its applicability to the unique set of circumstances which comprise the individual case
  • Ensure students select the most appropriate and effective dietary treatment for an individual with obesity accounting for genetic aspects, comorbidities, personal preferences, and cultural requirements

Module Content

The examination and manipulation of the diet is a key factor in obesity care. This module reviews and critiques the various nutritional approaches for their impact and effectiveness in both overweight and obesity prevention and treatment. This includes strategies such as commercial programmes, slimming clubs and calorie counting, intermittent fasting, to more traditional approaches such as the Mediterranean, low GI/GL and Palaeolithic diets.

Functional foods and weight loss supplements are also reviewed and their effectiveness assessed. The need for social, cultural and ethnic sensitivity in determining dietary plans is reviewed, together with the need for culinary skills. The role of food intolerances and allergies will also be considered so that effective dietary plans can be executed.

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; evaluation of the validity and reliability of information sources both for themselves and the public; research based case led assignment.

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 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.

This module is intended for healthcare professionals to obtain expertise in the area of diet/nutritional manipulation for weight management. This knowledge will allow the graduates to increase their employment potential within all health/weight management /obesity care areas.

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:NAO
  • Credit:20
  • Timings:Jan, Apr, Sep
Nigel Hinchliffe

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