Brain and Behavior: Regulating Body Weight

FutureLearn Brain and Behavior: Regulating Body Weight

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
Purdue University
Effort
4 hours/week
Length
3 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Explore the environmental and biological factors that regulate our body weight.
Many complex factors are involved in the regulation of body weight and control of food intake. This course explores how body weight is influenced by external and internal stimuli, and how these stimuli interact or influence one another. By the end of the course you will be able to discuss the meaning of energy homeostasis, describe the physiological factors that influence hunger and fullness, explain how environmental stimuli influence eating, and summarize how our genes interact with the environment to influence body weight.

This course is suitable for everyone from individuals interested in learning more about their personal health to those with a background in basic biological processes who what to expand their knowledge. No prior experience or qualifications is necessary.

What topics will you cover?
The course explored how our body weight is influenced by:
  • Environmental factors
  • Social factors
  • Learned behaviors
  • Biological factors
  • Central nervous system
  • Hormonal influence
  • Genetic influence and genetic disorders
  • Gene-environment interaction

Taught by
Kimberly Kinzig
Author
FutureLearn
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