Obesity Today: Health, Environment, and Society
Obesity has become a significant health and societal issue reaching pandemic levels. Our environment appears to favor obesity and as such has been defined as “the sum of influences that the surroundings, opportunities, or conditions of life have on promoting obesity in individuals or populations.” To date most of the strategies aimed at obesity focus on prevention and treatment, specifically pharmacological and lifestyle interventions. We will focus on investigating and understanding the environments that promote high energy intake and sedentary behavior and their physiological consequences. Students will learn about making healthy eating choices and exercise plans.