Spring 2019 - BPK 417 D100

Obesity, Adipocyte Function and Weight management (3)

Class Number: 4440

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 110, 306, 314 (or 311), 340.



Discusses mechanisms of health and disease with respect to a range of molecular mechanisms of physiology and organ system function, including how adipokines have an effect on metabolic alterations in immunology and hormone production in diabetes, stress and cardiovascular disease. Health behavior change in obesity and impact of dietary habits upon hyperlipidemia and apolipoprotein metabolism are addressed in addition to nutritional challenges in weight management and obesity. Students with credit for BPK 417W may not repeat this course for further credit.


A complex systems lens is used to study the causes, complications and comorbidities of obesity; including diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The etiology of obesity is explored from genetics to environment, including the neuroendocrine biology of appetite regulation.  Lifestyle, medical and pharmacological management options for obesity, including their challenges, are examined

Week Content
1 Introduction, weight bias
Foresight map, complexity of obesity, matching complexity to capacity
2 Physiology of Obesity 1
  • Adipocyte structure and function
  • Introduction to adipokines
3 Physiology of Obesity 2
  • Etiology of obesity comorbidities
  • Inflammation and metabolic dysfunction
4 Physiology of Obesity 3
  • Genetics and epigenetics of obesity
  • Microbiome and obesity
5 Food Consumption and Food Production 1
  • Neuro- and endocrine biology of appetite regulation
  • Microbiome contribution to appetite regulation
6 Food Consumption and Food Production 2
  • Mindless eating
  • Food addiction controversy
  • Food formulations
7 Individual and Environmental Physical Activity
  • Physical activity and caloric expenditure
  • Physical activity and metabolism        
  • Sarcopenic obesity     
  • Built environment
8 Social and Individual Psychology
  • Stress and obesity       
  • Eating disorders      
  • Mental Illness and trauma     
  • Social influencers
9 Management of Obesity 1
  • Edmonton obesity staging system
  • Dietary and weight loss interventions
10 Management of Obesity 2
  • 5A’s of obesity management    
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Psychiatric interventions
11 Management of Obesity 3
  • Medical Management: Bariatric Surgery
12 Medical Management of Obesity 4
  • Medical Management: Pharmacological approaches
13 Obesity-related Policy


  • Understand and reduce weight-based discrimination
  • Describe the multifactorial and interrelated causes of obesity
  • Explain the physiology of obesity and its effects on associated tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Communicate primary obesity literature in a concise and clear manner
  • Outline the different medical and non-medical obesity management options available in Canada


  • Evidence-based Opinion Editorial 10%
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations 2x15% 30%
  • Quests (5 x 12% each) 60%


Prerequisite: BPK (or KIN) 110; 306, 314 (or 311), 340. Students with credit for BPK (or KIN) 417 or KIN 417W may not repeat this course for further credit.



Journal articles will be provided

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:

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