The UK faces several pressing concerns when it comes to public health. Growing problems with obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are just some of the conditions that have severe ramifications for individual health, and the associated costs to society at large. While we understand more about the genetic and epigenetic causes of these conditions than ever before, we are also increasingly aware that diet and nutrition are crucial components of an individual’s risk for these (and other) health concerns.
The situation is complicated by the recent explosion of nutritional advice, specialised diets and products aimed at ‘healthy’ eating. The sheer volume of information can make it difficult to assess what the best approach is, particularly when ‘healthy’ can be an ambiguous term in this discourse, and much advice is either contradictory or based on a misapprehension of scientific evidence.
Diet, Food and the Nation’s Health will explore all of these issues, and will provide an introduction to, and knowledge of, the nutritional state of the nation and the role of diet in health and in acute and chronic disease. Through 8 weeks of online learning it will present the scientific evidence underpins present conceptions of ‘a healthy diet,’ and give participants to tools and knowledge to assess an individual’s diet in these contexts. Participants will also develop and understanding of food composition relative to healthy eating guidelines, and will explore the scientific rationale for making health claims on foods. Finally, it will discuss the role of the food industry in improving the diet quality and health of the nation as a whole.
This module will be of particular use to anyone working, or looking to work in, the industries relating to diet and nutrition, or desiring to understand the links between diet and acute and chronic disease in a more general sense. It would also be of use to anyone working on creating or marketing ‘healthy’ food products.
On completion of the module, learners should be able to:
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