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FutureLearn: Nutrition and Wellbeing

 with  Alex Johnstone and Alex Mavroeidi

Gain skills to evaluate nutrition information and apply to your own diet

This course will help you understand the scientific basis of human nutrition, and current nutrition concepts and controversies.

Each week we look at a different theme:

The makings of a ‘healthy diet’: Which components of your diet can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases?

Why do we eat what we eat? What are the ‘drivers’ that influence our food choices?

Food and disease: Can you really eat your way to health?

Nutrition fads, myths and the plain truth: Are our genes to be blamed for our current nutritional habits?

This course is designed for anyone interested in food and wellbeing, and assumes no prior knowledge.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 4 weeks long

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10 months ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
While the basic information of the course as it pertains to nutrients may be correct, the inflammatory "Is obesity a disease"-discussion is both out of place (Since the resulting bodyshape is only marginally relevant to the topic of Nutrition and Wellbeing) and will alienate any obese people who might wish to take the Read More
While the basic information of the course as it pertains to nutrients may be correct, the inflammatory "Is obesity a disease"-discussion is both out of place (Since the resulting bodyshape is only marginally relevant to the topic of Nutrition and Wellbeing) and will alienate any obese people who might wish to take the course, who get to read nasty comments like "No it's all just a matter of self-discipline and lifestyle" despite plenty of substantiated scientific research indicating a predisposition, which has been derided by the very educators as something that "some biologists argued" as if there wasn't plenty of evidence both anecdotal and statistical that there is a clear disposition for obesity and that being fat and fit is in no way mutually exclusive (which I say as a conventionally thin woman, who was very impressed at Akira Armstrong's latest business venture).

Not to mention that the entire talk around the matter would probably be highly triggering to any eating disorder survivors who might have come to the course for scientific information on nutrition to help them in their recovery.

Asking such a question of the laymen who take the course is entirely inappropriate anyway:

Asking an ABSTRACT question about which biology and medicine are not in agreement of the laymen who take courses and are woefully underqualified to give a nuanced response may have educational value, but not if it's inviting often scathing judgement about real people living very real lives.

Had the course perhaps warned that intense topics would be discussed and that eating disorder survivors and obese people might wish to skip certain steps for their own mental health, I might have even been able to respect the inclusion even if I feel it is woefully out of place, because it is a topic that comes up in popular culture, but as the course info invites "everyone who is interested in food and health", which would obviously include both abovementioned groups , I must find myself disgusted.
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2 years ago
Robert Draper is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Straightforward basic class in nutrition and some of the ideas surrounding nutrition such as food addiction, sustainability and epigenetics. Well presented and clearly written, in Futurelearn's familiar bite-sized topic chunks with a good discussion going on in parallel. Well worth a look if you are new to the subject.
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