Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello, and welcome to Week 2. This week we'll look in more detail at the physical measures that are used to define and determine levels of obesity. These include body mass index, or BMI, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio, and waist-height ratio. Each of these methods has its advantages and limitations. And we think about how each of these methods is used and its data interpreted to determine whether an individual is a particular health risk due to their weight. As part of this, we'll ask you to read some research papers that discuss and compare the different methods so that you can understand the issues better.

Welcome to Week 2

This week we will look at how obesity is defined and how it can be measured.

We will be considering:

  • body mass index (BMI)
  • waist circumference
  • waist to hip ratio
  • waist to height ratio

You will have the chance to try out these methods for weight measurement and feedback your thoughts on how accurate they are.

We also make a start at looking at some of the things that are contributing to the increase in obesity and the concept of resting energy expenditure.

If you are mentioning the course on social media remember to tag comments with #FLobesity.

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Obesity: Causes and Consequences

University of Reading