KLH3101 - Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Consequenses


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

This course will discuss the definition of obesity and assessment methodologies used both in practice and research. It will give an overview of the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology and consequences of obesity in terms of health, economy and overall society. It will discuss in detail the lifestyle, drug, endocrine and genetic causes of obesity, their individual contribution to the obesity epidemic and potential interactions among them. It will provide an in-depth discussion of the complexity of energy balance and its components and their role in obesity. The physiological and psychological factors that control eating behavior will be presented and discussed, as well as the development, anatomy and function of the adipose tissue and the interplay between obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Learning outcome

After completing the course KLH3101, the student:

  • has the basic understanding of the main genetics, endocrine and pharmacological causes to obesity for children and adults, in addtion to what role diet and physical activity plays in the development of obesity
  • is capable to understand the correlation between heredity and environment in obesity development in individuals
  • has in depth understanding of how obesity effect mortality and morbidity, and the economical and health consequences of obesity
  • is able to discuss social and psycological consequences of obesity in all adults and children
  • has a good insight in child obesity in relation to age, and have knowledge of how obesity for children affects physical, psycological and social relations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, discussions, practice, guidance and essay. Attendance on lectures is compulsory. Approved compulsory activities are valid for three subsequent semesters after approval. In re-scheduled examinations the assessment form may be changed to oral examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work
  • Attendance to lectures

Further on evaluation

Retake of the course: The student must have completed the mandatory activities and assignments to take the exam. If taken in a previous semester, this is sufficient to take the exam.

Compulsory activity - participate and present group work in class

Compulsory presence in class

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3105 1.5 AUTUMN 2015
MDV6015 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2022-12-16 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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