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Free Online Course on Science of Weight Loss: Dispelling Diet Myths

The University of Newcastle is offering a free online course on Science of Weight Loss: Dispelling Diet Myths. This course is not a diet plan – there are plenty of diet plans out there to choose from.

In this 6 week course, University will take you through the science behind weight loss and arm you with the knowledge and tools to make the right decisions. The course will start on April 12, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Food and Nutrition
Institution: University of Newcastle and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on April 12, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Newcastle (UON) has delivered education to talented students from diverse backgrounds, developed professional leaders of the future and harnessed the capacity of world-class research to foster innovation and deliver impact in its regions and across the world. Our 2025 vision is to stand as a global leader, distinguished by our commitment to equity and excellence and create a better future for our regions through innovation and impact.

About This Course

Whether you are trying to lose weight yourself, or are supporting others, this food and nutrition course will dispel common myths about weight loss and teach you the science behind healthy eating for a healthy weight.

Why Take This Course?

Students learn to develop a healthy eating plan to achieve a healthy weight. You’ll also discover more about the definition of a healthy weight, the nutritional composition of foods, how to cut calories or kilojoules, proper portion sizes, and how to identify and avoid fad diets.

Learning Outcomes

  • Key weight management concepts including measuring body composition, calories and kilojoules, energy density, portion size, and metabolic rate
  • The nutritional composition of different foods
  • How to use dietary assessment tools and calculate energy requirements
  • How to identify features of fad diets and healthy diets
  • Key behaviors for successful long-term maintenance of lost weight


Clare E. Collins

Clare is a Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She loves nutrition and does a lot of research related to healthy eating to improve health and well-being. She has published over 250 research papers and supervised lots of budding researchers and research studies.

Tracy Burrows

Tracy is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She is highly passionate about all things food, food behaviors, and communicating high-quality, evidence-based information about diet and nutrition.



How To Join This Course

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