The Foundation Nutrition and Weight Management course investigates the issue of obesity in adults, what causes it and how to help obese and overweight adults lose weight. The course covers the following areas:
- The Aetiology of obesity
The mechanics of weight-gain and fat storage, a look at the relationship between genetic disposition and environmental factors – what happens when genes meet the environment? What metabolic pathways are indicated in appetite and satiety disruption? What is the endocrine function of adipose tissue? What is the difference between hyperplasic adiposity and hypertrophic adiposity and why is this significant?
- The obesogenic environment
The biggest determinant of obesity is urbanisation but what are the significant factors. What is driving obesity in the environment and what are the policy and planning issues that need to be tackled. What are the practical things we can change and how can we make change in those aspects outside of our control?
- Obesity and the non-communicable lifestyle diseases
What is the link with diabetes, cancer and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and other non-communicable lifestyle diseases and diet? What are the main risk factors, and how are these impacted by obesity?
Why are diets only a temporary measure and not a permanent solution? What are the counterproductive features of crash dieting? A critical look at some of the more popular and obscure diets. What are the helpful aspects of diets and weight loss regimes, and how can we develop positive strategies for long term weight loss?
- Behavioural modification
Changing attitudes and challenging negative and counterproductive thought processes. Developing positive behaviour processes. What are the significant motivators for overweight people, and what are their barriers to change? How can we use beneficial techniques to influence thought processes?
- Psychology of eating
Why do we make the choices that we do? Why do we eat when we are not hungry? How can we build strategies to combat eating due to stress or boredom? Is grazing a useful strategy in an obesogenic environment or de we need a more structured approach?
- Working with groups
What should we consider when building a weight management programme? What are the issues of group dynamics and networking? What are the core messages to illicit change? How long should your programme be and how will you monitor success?
- Working with individual clients
When working with individuals how do we establish a productive and meaningful client relationship? What information will you collect, and how will you assess the needs of that individual?
- Physical activity
What part does physical activity play in a weight management programme? What are the considerations when designing and implementing an activity programme for overweight and obese individuals?
- Energy requirements & Metabolism
How is our metabolism set and what is its significance? How to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI), Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Daily Energy Requirements (DER) as a guide for appropriate energy intakes. Interpreting bodyfat percentages and waist measurements? What is energy balance, and what are the parameters for sensible weight reduction?
- Nutrition and food labels
What is the Government’s advice for healthy eating and what evidence is there for the efficacy of the popular “diets”? How to interpret nutritional information and apply the Eatwell guide.