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Obesity and Diabetes Management Courses

  • Obesity and Diabetes Management

  • Level 4


This Level 4 Certificate in Obesity & Diabetes Management represents 10 years of research from leading obesity and weight management specialists within the fitness industry.

Who is this course for?

This course is for fitness professionals that wish to progress to level 4 on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) and those wishing to successfully manage obese and diabetic clients. Students from both the health sector and the fitness industry attend this course and at the practical attendance days you will meet with many people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The group workshops are unique learning environments with lots of opportunity to explore your ideas alongside health practitioners and a wide variety of health, fitness and wellness professionals.


The course will take 12 to 16 weeks to complete and is a combination of home study and attendance. You will undertake approximately 200 hours of learning involving online and face to face tutorials. You will need to attend 2 days of practical workshops at one of our academies.


If you are in the fitness industry and you wish to progress to Level 4 on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) you will need to be a
Level 3 personal trainer and you will need to complete (or have completed) the Level 3 GP Referral course to register at Level 4.


  • An overview of the obesity pandemic: Prevalence of obesity, impact of early life and growth patterns.
  • Economic consequences of an obese population.
  • The obesogenic environment, economic and social drivers of food and drink consumption.
  • Causes, aetiology and pathogenesis of obesity related disease.
  • The impact of obesity mortality and morbidity and in particular diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
  • Pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery and post-operative management. Weight gain - an explanation, set point theory, the obesity cycle of self-perpetuation.
  • Sleep and obesity, genetic susceptibility, epigenetics and the phenotype, Adipocyte biology, fat deposition and distribution.
  • Basic concepts of human energetics.
  • Chemical signals, hormones and neurotransmitters in energy regulation.
  • Integrated Models of Food Control.
  • Food Cravings and Addictions. Why do we eat when we are not hungry?
  • Determinants of food choice, and a review of dietary regimes for weight loss, High Protein Diets.
  • Weight Maintenance. Exercise for obese and or diabetic clients: ACSM on appropriate levels of PA for Weight Loss & preventing regain.
  • Providing a safe and effective physical activity plan. Walking programmes, exercise and diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, exercise and obesity.
  • Barriers to physical activity.
  • Human Behaviour and theories of behaviour change: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Motivational Interviewing (MI); Health Belief Model (HBM); Theory of Self Efficacy (SET). Strategies for Changing Behaviour theoretical and practical.
  • Social Marketing; a practical explanation. Setting up a weight management intervention: NICE guidelines, client assessment, risk stratification and screening, guidance on the assessment of clients, body measurements and calculations.
  • Programme management, administration, client confidentiality and record keeping.


Formative assessment (During the course). This aspect is included to assist learning and does not form part of the final assessment, and as such will not influence the final result.

  1. Completion and submission of home study workbook Obesity and Diabetes management.
  2. Completion and submission of home study workbook Human Nutrition
  3. Multiple Choice and written open questions mock papers

Summative Assessment (End of course)

  1. 40 question multiple choice examination
  2. 3 open questions (up to 200 word response each)
  3. Multi component case study based upon a real person with a ≥BMI 30kg/m2

What support will I get?

You will be supported throughout your studies by our student support team that you can contact by telephone and e-mail. This course is also supported by a fully interactive online learning portal, This contains videos, interactive tutorials and lots of visual aids and learning tools to make your education more enjoyable and effective.

Booking Options

From £445

Part time courses available

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