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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 1260

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Weight Control and Eating Behaviors

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This class provides students with information and experience to evaluate positive and negative behaviors and beliefs regarding food, eating, weight, and body image. Principles of good nutrition and eating habits are especially applied to contemporary problems of weight control, eating disorders and body image as they appy to lifespan development. The course provides introductory-level information to majors as well as help to those interested in the subject matter.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 2; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: N/A

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: This course is designed to provide a sound understanding of eating disorders, obesity and body image. It provides introductory-level information to majors as well as help to those affected. This course is recommended for Family & Consumer Science and Nutrition majors. This course is also open as an elective to other interested students. Students with a specific need or interest relating to eating disorders are referred to the course through the counseling office.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the impact of positive and negative body image and strategies to change negative image by exploring and engaging in applied, reflective assessments, both oral and written. 

Students will gain understanding of eating disorder types, as well as biological, social and genetic influences, and medical dangers. Increased understanding will be achieved through readings of course materials, case studies and media examples, then assessed through applied writing assignments on pertinent contemporary social issues. 

Students will understand the belief-feeling-behavior pedagogy as it relates to eating disorders, obesity, and body image perspectives by applying the pedagogy to personal and diverse scenarios and problem solving across the lifespan. 

Students will understand basic, healthy behaviors including habitual exercise, common-sense eating, healthy food choices, knowledge of preservatives and processed food, and the positive outcomes of a health-driven lifestyle. Understanding will come through exposure to current topical readings, course materials, and multi-media resources and assessed as students present learning to their peers, evaluate own nutrition patterns, and write reflectively on individual progress.  

I. Rules of Normal Eating
• Rules of Change
• Connecting Beliefs, Feelings and Behaviors
• Rational vs. Irrational Beliefs
II. Disordered Eating
• Definitions and Influential Factors of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder
• Underlying Issues, Triggers, Irrational Behavior Reaction
• Medical Dangers of Eating Disorders, Treatment Approaches
• Obesity
III. Nutritional Needs
• Emotional Eating
• Daunting Eating Situations
IV. Self-Care
• Self-Esteem Across the Lifespan
• Body Image
• Body Image History
• Body Acceptance
• Learning to Love Your Body
• What a Body is For
• Reflections on Learning

Key Performance Indicators:
Percentages are approximate:

Tests/Quizzes 20-30% 

Written Assignments 20-30% 

Journals 10-20% 

Projects/Presentations 20-30% 

In-class Assignments 10-20% 






Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The Rules of Normal Eating by Karen R. Koening (current edition)

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 40
Optimum Class Size: 35