Overweight and obesity are serious public health problems. Until the appearance of COVID-19, obesity had been considered the great pandemic of the 21st century. Not only because of the extent of its scope, reaching all regions of the world, but also because it affects different genders, ages, and multiple physiological situations.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), approximately 13.1% of adults around the world suffer from obesity, with one third of the population being overweight. The United Nations Health Assembly proposed to reduce this percentage of obesity to 11.8% by 2025. Paradoxically, in a society where access to information is within the reach of many and where options for a healthy lifestyle are plenty, we are far from achieving this goal, since overweight and obesity continue to grow every day.
In the past, this was a circumstance suffered by high-income countries. Today, it is an ailment experienced by all, since in middle and low-income countries, overweight and obesity coexist with malnutrition, a phenomenon known as double burden of malnutrition. This is mainly due to increased exposure to low-quality foods, low nutritional education, and sedentary lifestyles.
This is not merely an aesthetic issue but goes beyond that. Overweight and, above all, obesity, are associated with a host of diseases that hinder and even end the lives of those who suffer from them. Therefore, it is a health concern of the highest international level, which must be dealt with diligently and quickly.
The solution is within reach. It is a joint effort that requires the involvement of various actors, from government officials and international scientific societies to those afflicted with the disease, their families, and caregivers, and of course, health professionals. The latter must have the appropriate skills and abilities to be able to offer the tools and strategies that best suit the needs of each individual or group.
As such, the Overweight and Obesity program was created, offering up-to-date and complete education based on scientific evidence to interested professionals. The subject is approached from a global and interdisciplinary perspective, integrating etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, complications, treatment, and prevention of overweight and obesity.
Who is the programme for?
The Overweight and Obesity program is aimed at:
- Graduates in Health Sciences who wish to specialize and update their knowledge in the nutritional approach to overweight and obesity.
- Other graduates or graduates (or equivalent) who, due to their professional practice, need to be trained in the study of overweight and obesity.
- Those professionals who have their own interest in the knowledge of overweight and obesity.
Successful completion of the Program will award the degree of Specialist Course in OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY.
Upon successful completion of the Program, the student will receive the degree as issued by the University where they have enrolled.
The estimated duration for completing the Overweight and Obesity academic program is 100 hours (10 credits)
Regarding the distribution of time:
- Since it is an online program and not subject to classroom-based courses, there is no specific starting date, for which the student can formalize their enrollment at any moment as long as there is available space.
- The maximum time available for completing this Program is 3 months. During this period, the student must have submitted all the evaluations corresponding to the subjects.
The credit structure of the Applied Social Gerontology program is as follows:
a. The equivalence in credits may vary depending on the issuing university. One (1) ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit corresponds to 10 + 15 hours. If the student pursues the program enrolled in a University from outside the European Higher Education Area (EEES), the relationship between credits and hours may vary.
b. Length in months.
- To educate professionals with the skills to respond and propose solutions to individual and collective needs related to overweight and obesity, from a multidisciplinary perspective based on scientific evidence.
- Analyze the pathophysiology, etiopathogenesis, diagnostic criteria and complications of obesity.
- Examine the particular aspects of obesity in the different stages of life and the main complications that can result from it.
- Distinguish dietary guidelines and tools for the prevention and treatment of excess weight as part of a multidisciplinary, global, and comprehensive intervention.
- Propose dietary-nutritional strategies for obese and overweight patients adapted to their pathophysiological situation and individual characteristics.
- Recognize nutrition and health education as key elements in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Depending on the previous degree, some of the career opportunities in the Overweight and Obesity program are:
- Dietary and nutritional counseling in public or private institutions (healthcare centers, sports centers, schools, geriatric centers, etc.) and non-governmental organizations.
- Healthcare manager or agent in public and private entities dedicated to the promotion of health and healthy habits.
- Field consulting in community nutrition and public health projects.
- Disseminator and generator of knowledge based on scientific evidence in the media and social networks.
- Consultant for consumer information and marketing services related to food.
- Technical advice on research and information programs and product promotion to ensure the relation between marketing, technology, and research and development.
- Commercial functions in food or pharmaceutical companies.
Note: Professional practice is regulated by the legislation of each country.
The Overweight and Obesity Program is composed of 2 subjects, whose objective is to analyze the fundamentals of diagnosis, possible complications, prevention, and treatment of overweight and obesity, from a global and interdisciplinary perspective.
The corresponding subjects and credits are shown in the following table:
|1||Diagnosis, Etiopathogenesis and Complications of Obesity||5|
|2||Obesity Treatment and Prevention||5|
Note: The subject content may be subjected to slight modifications due to updates and improvements.
- Dr. Maurizio Battino. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione. Professor at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. Scientific Director of the European University of the Atlantic.
General Academic Coordination
- Dra. Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.
- Dra. (c) Anna Marín Coordinator in the Nutrition Area.
Teaching staff and Authors
- Dr. Andrea Arreguín. Doctor and Master's Degree in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition from the University of the Balearic Islands. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. Priscilla Almeida. Doctor in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr (c). Luis Miguel Becerra. Doctoral candidate in Education. Professor of the School of Medicine, Universidad del Valle.
- Dr. Mercedes Briones. International Doctorate in Child Nutrition from the University of Granada, Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. (c) Thania Chio. Doctoral candidate in Education. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. (c) María Eugenia Delvaux.Doctoral candidate in Nutrition. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. Irma Domínguez. Doctorate in Education by the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
- Dr. Iñaki Elío. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects from the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana. Academic Director and professor of the Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in the European University of the Atlantic.
- Dr. Adriana Garduño Alanis. Doctorate in Health Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Director of Advanced Studies at the Universidad de la Salud del Estado de México.
- Mg. María Juana Gómez-Alonso Delgado. Máster en Ensayos Clínicos por la Universidad de Sevilla. Master's Degree in Clinical Trials from the University of Seville. Graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). Degree in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid.
- Mg. Julia Nelsa Herrera. Master in Nutrition and Food Biotechnology with specialization in Food Microbiology. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. Viviana Constanza Loria Kohen. Doctorate in Medicine from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Associate Professor at the Universidad Internacional Isabel I de Castilla. Researcher at IMDEA Food Foundation.
- Dr (c). Laura Martín. Doctorate in Public Health. Master in International Health and Cooperation and Expert in Communication and Digital Marketing in Health. Food Quality Consultant/Auditor. Professor at the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
- Dr. (c) Anna Marín. Doctoral candidate in Education. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
- Dr. Nohora Milena Martínez. Doctor in the Mental Health Program: Genetics and environment by the Universitat Rovira i Virigili and University of Almería. Professor and member of several research projects at the European University of the Atlantic.
- Dr. Alfredo Martínez Hernández. Director of the Institute of Food Sciences of the University of Navarra.
- Dr. Susana Martínez. Doctor in Biology from the University of León. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
- Mg. Lizbeth Morales González. Master's Degree in Health Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Research Director and Member of the Research Committee of the Universidad de la Salud del Estado de México.
- Dr. Claudia Nelly Orozco. Doctor of Public Health Sciences from the University of Guadalajara. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Tara Rendo. Doctorate in Nutrition, physiology, and health from the Univ. of Navarra. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Sandra Sumalla. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects in UNINI. Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the European University of the Atlantic.
FUNIBER Training Scholarships
The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.
To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.
Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.