20 Academic Credits
January, April, September
In this module you will learn:
- 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
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.