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What You Should Already Know

This is an introductory course, so there aren’t any prerequisite courses that you should have already taken. The course covers topics you’ve undoubtedly heard about to some extent. The content of this course should help you expand your knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Identify descriptions, risk factors, symptoms, medical complications, and treatments for the following eating disorders: compulsive overeating, binge eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, pica, and body dysmorphic disorder.
  2. Analyze societal ideals of the "right body," and how the media translates those expectations to the greater population.
  3. Describe the nutritional diseases and their heavy toll on people's lives.
  4. Identify the major components of a healthy diet—including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water—and the amount of each that should be consumed.
  5. Identify the functions of the major components of a healthy diet, use the Food Pyramid to plan a healthy diet, and read and interpret a food label.
  6. Determine the types and amounts of physical activity needed to stay healthy and balance calorie intake.

Course Materials

All the materials you need to complete this course are contained within the course.

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Course Organization


This course is composed of three units of content, a review quiz, and a final exam.


Each unit has several lessons of content. Each lesson has a Self Check to help you make sure you've understood the lesson. Self Check scores do not count toward your grade, they are simply for practice and self-assessment. Some units contain optional “Activity” challenges, which are not graded or submitted.

Graded Assignments

At the end of each unit you will need to complete a unit quiz (a computer graded assignment), usually composed of twenty or more multiple choice questions. There is also a review quiz before the final exam. These quizzes account for 65 percent of your course grade. Unit quizzes are “open book”—you may use the course manual to complete them. You may complete them whenever you think you are ready. Be careful, though—once you submit an assignment for a grade, that grade is permanent. You may resubmit each assignment once, but there is a fee for resubmitting assignments.

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Final Exam

The final exam has about fifty multiple-choice questions covering material from the course. The final exam is worth 35 percent of your course grade.

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Your grade for this course is determined by how well you do on the four quizzes and the final exam. It is based on the following grade scale. Unit quizzes for Units 1–3 are worth 20% each toward your course grade.  The Review Quiz is worth 5% of your grade.

Grade Scale

Grade %
A 100-94
A- 93-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-84
B- 83-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-74
C- 73-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-64
D- 63-60
E (Fail) 59 or Below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 4 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

You must pass the final exam with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass this course. If you fail the final exam, you may retake the exam once for a fee. If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office. 

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course. 

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

A Note About Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice you will automatically fail the course.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.