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Managing the Body's Weight & Energy - Chapter Summary
This chapter explores topics related to the management of weight and energy in the human body. As you progress through the chapter's lessons, you'll learn about the body's use of energy, obesity risks, weight loss strategies, alternatives to fad diets and much more. The chapter comes with self-assessment quizzes to help you evaluate your understanding of the material. The flexible online format of the chapter allows you to study whenever and wherever it's convenient. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Understand how the body uses energy and how energy use is determined
- Detail weight management problems
- Identify factors and external influences that can contribute to problems with obesity
- Recognize factors that can lead to childhood obesity
- Describe adipose tissue physiology
- Determine body fat content
- Evaluate the purpose of anthropometric measurement
- Explain healthy weight maintenance strategies/methods
- Assess the potential dangers of fad diets
- Describe different medical strategies for weight loss
1. Energy Balance: How the Body Uses Energy
Energy balance is the relationship between the energy you take in and the energy you use. Learn how you take in energy from the foods you eat and how your body uses that energy for your basal metabolism, physical activity and food digestion.
2. Determination of Energy Use by the Body
How much energy does your body use each day? Your body uses energy to perform the vital bodily functions that keep you alive and for any physical activities you engage in. Learn about the methods available to determine energy use by the body.
3. The Issue of Weight Management: Obesity, Risks & Weight Problems
Being overweight or obese are two conditions that have similarities in the problems they may cause, but they aren't precisely the same. This lesson will point out the differences and the unfortunate similarities between the two.
4. Factors Contributing to Overweight and Obesity Problems
Sometimes our hands are tied with respect to what happens in life. But not always. In this lesson, you'll learn that despite the apparently uncontrollable risk factors for obesity, two important, controllable aspects may help you overcome the possibility of obesity.
5. External Influences on Obesity
This lesson goes over some of the many external influences on obesity. You'll find out how things like diet, exercise, sleep and even television all play a role in increasing the risk of obesity.
6. Factors of Childhood Obesity & the Benefits of a Balanced Diet
Childhood obesity is a complex problem that is influenced by environmental, behavioral and genetic factors. These factors lead to increased calorie intake and decreased physical activity. Learn about these factors and the benefits of a balanced diet in this lesson.
7. Physiology of Adipose Tissue
Adipose tissue is a loose connective tissue that contains fat-storing cells. Learn how this tissue provides you with a long-term source of energy and cushions and insulates your vital organs, as well as how it may even act as an endocrine organ, in this lesson.
8. Determining Body Fat Content: Reliable Options & Optimal Weight
Many measurements and tests exist to determine your approximate body fat percentage and whether or not your body composition is of healthy proportions. Some of the well-known techniques are going to be the topic of discussion in this lesson.
9. What is Anthropometric Measurement? - Tools, Purpose & Methods
Anthropometric measurements are used to assess the size, shape and composition of the human body. Learn about common methods used to gather these measurements, such as BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, skin-fold test and bioelectrical impedance.
10. Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Strategies, Methods & Effectiveness
Three major but important strategies can help you maintain a healthy weight. Throughout this lesson, we'll take a look at exercise, diet, and (believe it or not) sleep as important strategies for achieving this goal.
11. Fad Diets: Potential Dangers & Alternatives
Ever think that a miracle diet sounds too good to be true? Well, it probably is. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the potential dangers of fad diets, and what to do instead to lose weight the healthy way.
12. Medical Strategies for Weight Loss: Medication and Surgery
Diet and exercise aren't the only options available for weight loss. Sometimes, diet and exercise may not help a person enough. This is why medications and surgery are used when necessary.
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