Some people maintain a healthy life style and an ideal body shape, whereas others struggle to loss several pounds or keep a healthy body. The fact that two-thirds of the current population is overweight and obese has become a concern of public health. The nutritional, genetic, dietary, cultural, environmental, metabolic, and behavioral factors all have been thought individually or together to contribute to the obesity epidemic. In this one credit hour course, you will learn conceptual mechanisms that link these factors to your health. You will listen to lectures, watch movies, and discuss your own opinions with your classmates and the instructor about the origin, prevention, and treatment of this nutrition/dietary and public health problem.
- Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Currently, Dr. Guoxun Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr. Chen got his Ph.D degree and postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he had conducted research projects related to obesity and diabetes for 11 years. After he finished his postdoctoral training in the lab of Nobel Laureates, Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein, he became a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition at UTK in 2006. Since then, Dr. Chen has been investigating the roles of vitamin A in the development of obesity, and in the control of glucose and lipid metabolism in health and disease conditions.