20 Academic Credits
January, April, September
This module will:
- Demonstrate the complexity of obesity and the wide range of interconnected factors that contribute to weight gain
- Introduce tools to assess patients according to the causes of their obesity to help generate more effective solutions
- Provide an understanding of the wide-ranging consequences of obesity and their implications for individuals and society
- Develop sensitivity and compassion towards people living with obesity
The module also includes an overview the physiology of adipose tissue and the co-morbidities of obesity and their pathogenesis including: type 2 diabetes, complications of pregnancy, cognitive effects, sleep apnoea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular complications. The emotional and economic consequences of obesity, together with the impact of an obesogenic environment, are also reviewed.