Open Learning - Nutrition for Weight Loss - Tutor Supported Study

  • Learn how to make positive nutrition choices 
  • Make diet changes to increase weight loss
  • Learn more about treatments for obesity
  • Work towards a career as a life coach or fitness leader
  • Work in Nutrition or Health Support industries

This is an ideal course for people working in the care, fitness or counselling. It is also a good course for understanding nutritional needs of families and relatives. Learn about nutrition for weight loss for self enhancement or personal development.

Learn about the Relationship between Food and Weight.

One size does NOT fit all. There can be dangers in simply eating less, or cutting some things out of your diet completely. Obesity may be caused by things other than over eating; and a holistic response is sometimes needed along with diet modification.

  • learn to manage weight more effectively
  • learn about contributing factors in weight loss (or weight gain)
  • learn about effective treatment strategies
  • learn about effective preventative health 
  • study for self improvement or to help others


There are nine lessons in this course as follows:

1. Understanding Obesity

2. Nutrition Basics 

3. Diets - Fads, Fiction and Fact 

4. Preventing Obesity

5. Treating Obesity

6. Modifying Eating Behaviour

7. Restricting Calorie Intake

8. Medical Conditions: Hormones, Drugs, Eating Disorders

9. Planning a Diet

This course helps you understand obesity, particularly focusing on the affect of what we eat on weight.


Course Duration:  100 hours self paced learning

Types of Obesity

There are two types of obesity - this theory is been based on differences between the anatomical characteristics of adipose tissues. Adipose tissue is the loose connective tissue which is responsible for energy storage in the form of fat (lipids). It also provides insulation from heat and cold and offers protective padding around vital organs e.g. the liver.

Hyperplasia of adipose cells - this is an increase in the number of fat cells. The number of cells can be as much as five times greater than those found in a healthy child of average weight. Fat cells can also show some enlargement, but this is not vast. The core and extremities of the human body experience hyperplasia of adipose cells.

Adipose tissue contains several cell types, with the highest percentage of cells being adipocytes (more commonly known as fat cells), which contain fat droplets. The two different types of obesity are seen in children and adults, with one more predominately identified in children and the other predominately found in adults.

Hypertrophy of adipose cells - this is when adipose cells are greatly enlarged or 'hypertrophied'. The number of fat cells may be same or may increase slightly in adults. Fat distribution is mostly centralised in this type.


Tips, to prevent obesity include:

1) Portion control, Portion control is the cornerstone of weight management as you can eat all the right foods but if you are eating too much, this will eventually lead to weight gain.

2) Reducing snacking. It is important to establish daily meal and snack times rather than allow children to graze on snacks during the day. Where snacks are provided healthy options should be encouraged e.g. fruit and vegetables, low fat yoghurt, cereals.

3) Encourage physical activity, Successful health promotion help support healthy lifestyles for all children at home, in school, and in the community.

4) Encourage healthy food choices- prevention of obesity requires children and adults to choose to follow a healthy balanced diet and see high fat and high sugar snacks as ‘treats’ to have in moderation.

5) Identify those who are likely to become overweight - this will involve early identification of people at most risk and the development of effective intervention strategies.

6) Help your metabolism work for you.


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