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Video Lecture: Physical Activity and Obesity: Beyond Weight Loss

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD
That's right!

For something a little different, I decided to record and post on Obesity Panacea a lecture I gave this Monday to a 2nd year Physical Activity and Health course at Queen's University. The title of the lecture was: "Physical Activity in the Treatment of Obesity: Beyond Weight Loss."

In the lecture I covered topics such as:

How much weight loss is enough?

Is physical activity without weight loss a failure?

The importance of looking at body composition, cardiovascular fitness, and metabolic risk instead of body weight when assessing the benefit of a physical activity intervention.

And many others...

Enjoy the lecture as posted below in six 10-minute segments. (Reminder to our email subscribers, you must log onto Obesity Panacea to view the videos)

Special thanks to Jenn Tomasone who provided fantastic technical assistance. Also, thanks to the class of KNPE255 for being one of the best classes I have had the pleasure to teach.


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4 Response to "Video Lecture: Physical Activity and Obesity: Beyond Weight Loss"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    You are a very talented lecturer! I wish more professors were half as captivating and engaging as you are! Keep up the great work! :)

    Posted on November 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

  2. Peter Janiszewski, PhD (Cand.), MSc Said,

    @ Anonymous: Thank you so much for the positive comment - it is much appreciated:)

    Posted on November 4, 2009 at 5:39 PM

  3. Matt Said,

    Great lecture Peter. I agree that you are a very talented lecturer, but I must say, it is very suspicious when "anonymous" posters write compliments for you....but I digress. So where do you get your inspiration from for your lecturing style? A former prof? A close friend? Talk show host? Just curious....

    Posted on November 5, 2009 at 10:54 PM

  4. Peter Janiszewski, PhD (Cand.), MSc Said,

    @Matt Thanks buddy.

    Regarding inspiration, I think when we were taking 1st year psych with Dr. Mike or 1st year Kin with Dr. Morrow, I very much liked their approach to making classes entertaining with the use of videos, pictures, etc. I also liked when profs gave a personal touch to each lecture - like when Dr. Mike showed a pic of himself on his boat - it was nice to get a glimpse of who these people were when they left the lecture hall. So I have tried to do the same in my lectures. Very often I will also get to the hall a bit early and play some of my favourite music (generally rock) over the sound system - its just another way to become more accessible. And my "mental breaks" throughout my lectures which include usually silly pictures of my travels or otherwise allow me to add a bit of variety into the lecture. Sometimes it is a way to get some of the students back and focused on what you are talking about.

    Other than those things I just tend to be my usual neurotic self. One thing I have learned - when I am not interested in the material, the students won't be either. Thus, whatever the topic I try and find ways to make the material more interesting or at least put it in real-life context.

    Wow, I rambled on... You asked for it Matt...

    Posted on November 6, 2009 at 9:10 AM


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