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Ann Acad Med Stetin, 2005; 51, Suppl 1, 113-117

BARBARA NIERADKO-IWANICKA

AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF OBESITY AS A CIVILIZATION-RELATED DISEASE

Katedra i Zakład Higieny Akademii Medycznej im. prof. Feliksa Skubiszewskiego
ul. Radziwiłłowska 11, 20-080 Lublin
Kierownik: dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Borzęcki

Summary
Universities are relying on student-activating methods in teaching. This work was concerned with an approach to teaching of obesity as a civilization-related disease to medical students. Brainstorming, snowball discussion, careful reading of medical texts, evidence-based medicine, and practicals on how to measure BMI and WHR were exploited. Analysis of medical histories to disclose risk factors of ischemic heart disease and polymetabolic syndrome X are proposed. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies of obesity and its disorders are presented.

K e y w o r d s: obesity – body mass index (BMI) – waist-hip ratio (WHR) – polymetabolic syndrome X – activating methods – teaching methods.

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