Learn the facts and explore the latest obesity research with expert nutritionists.

Join our online obesity course to find out what’s going on at the forefront of research into obesity, weight loss and long-term weight management.

Studying with nutritionists and active researchers from our Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, you’ll:

  • get an introduction to the prevention of obesity
  • explore the many physiological and psychological factors that contribute to obesity
  • discover what’s important for weight stability
  • review the latest dieting trends and approaches to achieving weight wellness
  • learn how to access, make sense of, and evaluate a range of different types of research evidence.

Study with us anywhere, online, and set your own study hours on this course that fits around full-time work.

Who is this online obesity course for?

This distance-learning course is for anyone keen to learn more about obesity, its causes and prevention, and the latest research in this area.

It’s ideal CPD and upskilling for:

  • healthcare and allied healthcare professionals, personal trainers, physiotherapists, dietitians, nutritionists and health psychologists
  • anyone working in the food and drinks industry, especially those responsible for marketing and product development.

You do not need to have a background or experience in nutrition to study this course with us.

What you’ll study

You’ll study a range of topics, including:

  • an introduction to the prevention of obesity
  • factors that contribute to obesity and the obesogenic environment
  • clinical and patient perspectives in relation to obesity management
  • the issues of bias and stigmatisation experienced by people living with obesity
  • nutritional and non-nutritional approaches for bodyweight management
  • psychological and physiological influences on weight stability
  • the relationship between energy balance and health
  • achieving weight wellness.

You’ll be given access to the latest obesity research and information on dieting trends.

And you’ll learn how to access and evaluate a range of research literature and evidence to support evidence-based learning.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Summarise the major contributors to obesity and weight gain in society.
  • Identify the challenges in prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • Communicate the principles of nutrition and how they impact weight loss.
  • Evaluate the evidence base for nutrition guidelines.
  • Apply knowledge of the psychological and physiological bases of obesity and weight gain.
  • Evaluate how psychological and physiological factors can impact weight wellness.
  • Explain the barriers and enablers to post-weight-loss management and their impact on longer-term weight management.
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of weight loss methods and evaluate these when selecting the appropriate methods in practice.

How you’ll study

Our distance-learning obesity and weight loss course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at undergraduate level.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos and video lectures
  • podcasts and audio clips
  • online small-group tutorials
  • slide shows
  • quizzes
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally recognised expert researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals and practitioners. They’ll share their evidence base and lived experiences for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Your course is delivered by the Rowett Institute, one of Europe’s most prestigious nutrition research centres. It’s a market leader in the provision of online education in nutrition and health in the UK. Read about the Rowett.

Your teaching team

Where this will take you

You’ll earn 5 credits at SCQF Level 9 (undergraduate level) on successful completion of this course. View a guide to SCQF levels.

You’ll also receive a certificate of completion PDF on request.


This online obesity course is ideal upskilling for NHS, healthcare and allied healthcare workers.

You’ll develop skills that enable you to:

  • enhance your patient care
  • increase your awareness and understanding of issues around unconscious bias and the stigmatisation some patients may experience due to obesity and weight management issues.

It’s also a valuable course for anyone working in, or keen to work in, the food and drinks industry.

You’ll gain:

  • enhanced skills in evidence gathering and analysis
  • insights into the latest obesity research and dietary trends that can help inform new product development and sales and/or marketing approaches.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Build your learning

Enhance your nutrition knowledge and add more skills to your CV with our complementary online courses:

Both are flexible four-week courses delivered by expert Rowett Institute nutritionists.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

It is open to all, with no complicated statistics, mathematics or language.

This course is delivered at undergraduate level. At this level of teaching, you’d usually have completed secondary school or college courses.