Obesity & Nutrition: The Fundamentals

Providing guidance on the different causes and effects of obesity.


Why take this course?

Obesity is now recognised as the most widespread nutritional disorder affecting human adults living in developed countries around the world. There is an urgent need to solve this problem because of the huge increase in healthcare costs it incurs due to a variety of additional medical conditions and diseases associated with obesity.

This online e-learning fundamentals training course has been developed for anyone seeking basic information and guidance on the causes and effects of obesity. This course provides information that is useful to people who want to lose weight and for those who are actively involved in helping others manage obesity in a professional role or at home in a domestic setting.

What you will experience

Learners will benefit from gaining a basic understanding of the nutritional components of food in order to make healthier choices when planning a diet. In unit 2, learners can use our interactive Body Mass Index (BMI) chart to measure their own BMI and understand its importance in recognising and coping with obesity.

The course includes links to useful online Government and NHS sources of information about obesity and includes detailed explanations of the ‘Eatwell Plate’ and the Government’s 5-a-day Campaign.

The study units are:

  • An Introduction to Obesity and Nutrition
  • Managing Obesity and Making Healthy Informed Choices

Topics include:

  • Sources of Energy
  • Macronutrients and Micronutrients
  • Energy Balance and Weight Gain
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • The Eatwell Plate
  • The Government’s 5-a-day Campaign
  • The Nutritional Needs of an Adult
  • Obesity and Associated Health Conditions
  • The Role of Food Labelling in Managing Obesity.
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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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