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Weight Management: Beyond Balancing calories




18 Hours


About the Course

Across the globe, more people are suffering from obesity than at any other time in our history. Why has obesity become so common and so challenging? In this course, we will look at the root cause of obesity, as explained by the latest science.

We will see how our food environment has evolved over the last half-century, and how it is altering our biology to over-consume calories and resist sustained weight loss. We will also see how stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and inadequate sleep disrupt our appetite control system to promote gaining weight.

By developing a better understanding of the physiology behind obesity, you will learn how to work with your body to prevent and manage weight gain. This course will also provide practical tools and strategies for creating a long-term, sustainable weight management plan to leverage your habits and your surroundings.

Your Instructor

Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD

Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD

Dr. Sharon Bergquist is a Rollins Senior Distinguished Clinician, Master Clinician, and assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is an internal medicine physician, researcher, and teacher and has been on the Emory faculty since 2000. Her research focuses on healthy aging, prevention, and lifestyle medicine. She studies factors in the environment and personal choices that switch genes and complex biological pathways towards preventing disease and helping people thrive physically and emotionally. Sharon is the medical director of Emory’s executive health program and leads the research program at her internal medicine clinic. She also founded and directs Emory Lifestyle Medicine & Wellness, where she develops innovative programs aimed at shifting our culture and health system towards prevention and wellness. Sharon received a B.S. in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She is a regular medical contributor to local and national news and hosts The Whole Health Cure podcast.

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