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April 8, 2022


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This course, Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame? explores the extent to which a person's 'lifestyle' impacts on their health and wellbeing. It also examines how non-lifestyle related factors – in particular social, economic, cultural and political dimensions – influence a person's health.


Are factors influencing our health and wellbeing biological, or can they be more or less exclusively attributed to individual differences in terms of lifestyle? For instance, in high-income countries, many ‘lifestyles’ are physically inactive, and this can have a negative impact on a person’s health. In this free course, Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame? you will be encouraged to consider the impact of social, cultural, political and economic factors that influence obesity in adulthood. You will also investigate whether a focus on lifestyles and a person’s behaviors are sufficient to explain contemporary health and wellbeing concerns.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Outline to what extent a person's 'lifestyle' impacts on their health and wellbeing
  • Describe how psychosocial (i.e. social, economic, cultural and political) factors influence a person's health
  • Identify what government interventions have been developed to tackle obesity.

Course Curriculum

    • Understanding ‘lifestyles’ 00:20:00
    • Further defining ‘lifestyles’ 00:20:00
    • Quantitative research 00:20:00
    • Benefits of the Body Mass Index 00:20:00
    • Weaknesses of the Body Mass Index 00:20:00
    • Lifestyles and choice 00:20:00
    • Lifestyles in context 00:20:00
    • Qualitative research 00:20:00
    • The scale of obesity as an issue 00:20:00
    • Improving understanding about what we eat 00:20:00
    • Encouraging behavioural change 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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