Mini Module 2

Obesity – Causes & Solutions

Welcome to the Mini Module (Mi-Mo) on Obesity

In this Mi-Mo, we’ll discuss the causes and solutions of obesity in 2 lessons. Find out the reasons behind the global obesity epidemic and explore the number one strategy for losing fat and taking control of personal health. You’ll learn more about the reasons behind energy intake and expenditure, and discover effective strategies to address this growing challenge.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this Mi-Mo, you will be empowered to:

  • Describe the role of adipose tissue and hormones in obesity development
  • Discuss the impact of socioeconomic and psychological factors
  • Examine the role of obesogenic environments
  • Describe the role of leptin and ghrelin in signalling hunger and satiety
  • Define calorie density and its impact on energy intake and weight control
  • Discuss how a whole food plant-based diet can naturally reduce calorie intake


  • English language
  • Basic scientific knowledge
  • A medical background is helpful but not essential

Target Audience

  • Medical students
  • Physicians
  • Other health professionals
  • Nutrition and health enthusiasts

Difficulty Level

  • Intermediate

Materials Included

  • Two educational video lessons
  • References for further reading
  • Quiz to test your knowledge
  • Factsheets for physicians and patients
  • Blog posts for physicians and patients
  • Two printable patient information cards

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Additional Resources

For further reading and related resources check the following resources in our Knowledge Centre:

Related Posts

Related Factsheets

Printable Patient Information Card

These handy documents can be printed by patients and stuck on their fridges as a reminder of which foods to add or reduce to their diet for optimal nutrition in the management of obesity.

There are two patient cards available for this Mi-Mo. The first card is for your patients who are completely new to whole food, plant-based eating. The second card is for your patients who are already following a plant-based diet but still struggling to lose weight.

Patient Information Card

For patients new to whole food, plant-based eating.

Download link is available for logged-in PAN Academy Users within the module. 

Patient Information Card

For patients on plant-based diets but still struggling to lose weight.

Download link is available for logged-in PAN Academy Users within the module. 

The Presenters

The module is presented by Terri Chrisman & Dr. Miriam Sonntag. The content was researched and created by PAN International’s team of expert nutrition scientists and physicians.

Get your forks and pens ready to start learning about nutrition!

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Terri Chrisman M.Nutr, Dip.ACLM

Terri Chrisman M.Nutr, Dip.ACLM is a Medical Content Creator at PAN and part of the online education team responsible for the PAN Academy. She is an Australian citizen living in the USA who has travelled and lived all around the world. She is a qualified nutritionist and certified in lifestyle medicine, and is vastly experienced in creating educational content on the topics of nutrition, health and sports.

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Dr. Miriam Sonntag

Dr. Miriam Sonntag is the Medical Content Executive of the online learning platform, PAN Academy. Having worked in basic research, she knows how to decipher complex information. Working now at PAN, she scans and pours over scientific papers and books. She breaks down the latest nutritional research into actionable advice for everyday life. She is committed to sharing the bigger picture of why it is good to put more plants on your plate.