First Post – Reason for this Blog

Obesity: Biology, Behavior, and Management – spring 2014- Wednesdays 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Location: 206 Thompson Hall, Cook campus
Course Director: Joseph L. Dixon, Ph.D., 132 Thompson Hall


The study of obesity provides an excellent opportunity to examine a complex problem from a multidisciplinary perspective. In fact, I believe the greatest surprise from this course is that you will find that high rates of obesity in the US have many complicated causes; most of which are not directly related to biology. This course will enable students to see the connections between numerous disciplines and fields, all of which impact the same outcome, obesity. The course will provide a series of state-of-the-art lectures by scientists actively involved in different aspects of research relevant to obesity. These lecture/discussion sessions will enable the students to understand the multi-factorial etiology of the epidemic, as well as the treatment and public policy approaches that are being used in the obesity research community to combat the disease.

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