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Brain and Behavior: Regulating Body Weight
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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.
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
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss the meaning of homeostasis
- Describe the physiological factors that influence hunger and fullness
- Explain how environmental stimuli influence eating
- Summarise how our genes interact with the environment to influence body weight
Who is the course for?
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.