About This Course
Global estimates indicate 39% of adults are overweight and 13% are obese; the problem is evident in
children as well. Obesity has wide-ranging negative health effects across the lifespan, with resulting
demands on health services and costs. The need for prevention across the lifespan is now.
Global Obesity Prevention and Management is an introductory course offered through The University of
Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and
Obesity and the World Obesity Federation. The aim of the course is to increase understanding and
skills in obesity prevention, especially its role in non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.
This is an introductory course on the role of obesity prevention in NCD prevention using clinical and
population health perspectives. The course targets people working in government, non-government
organisations, or similar institutions who want an introduction to obesity prevention to understand
why it is important for health.