Food, Mood, and Eating Behaviors
COM HLT X 438
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This course provides students with the interrelationships between neuroscience, food, mood, and behavior so they will execute projects designed to strengthen their understanding of the same.
What you can learn.
- Explore the brain's pleasure pathways and the drive to overeat
- Understand the re-wiring of brain reward pathways for weight management techniques
- Evaluate how alcohol and caffeine affect mood and eating behavior
- Assess the role of emerging research in the treatment of obesity
About this course:
Research shows a direct link between people's moods and the food they eat. Learn about the interrelationships between food, mood, behavior, and neuroscience. Topics include the brain's pleasure pathways and drives to overeat; the gut-brain connection; biochemicals that increase and decrease eating; effects of a meal; macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat); micronutrients (vitamins, minerals); and how substances like alcohol and caffeine affect mood and eating behavior. Discussion of behaviorally based weight management techniques focuses on a program designed to re-wire the brain reward pathways. Students complete projects designed to strengthen understanding of their own food choices, moods, and eating behaviors.