Today, healthy and balanced nutrition is given more importance, and both The Ministry of Health and several media organizations lay stress on this. Especially several public information films aim at raising awareness of healthy-balanced nutrition on people and also at prompting them to do various activities like sports since obesity has started to increase in our country as it worldwide has. In this regard, it is thought that teachers’ duty is crucial in order to develop the comprehension of the little students on the obesity concept and to make them acquire true habits for nutrition. Therefore, in this study, it is aimed to determine the views of the teacher candidates, who are the teachers of the future, on obesity and the factors relating to it. The study was planned as having qualitative research design that is not experimental and being appropriate for group work. It was believed that the planning of the study as case study would be more appropriate since it would suggest the views of the science teacher candidates on obesity in a detailed way. It was done in 2009-2010 academic year. 28 teacher candidates who were at third grade at a very big university in Istanbul participated in this study. It was also interviewed with 3 teacher candidates randomly selected. Study data were gathered by using 10 open ended questions prepared by the researchers and 4 interview questions. Whereas the data obtained from the open ended questions were assessed by using content analysis that is among the qualitative research data analysis methods, the data obtained from interview questions were interpreted by tabularising. According to some data obtained from the study, it was identified that the teacher candidates generally described obesity as overweightness, and aimed at teaching healthy and balanced nutrition to prevent it. It was observed that teacher candidates, in order to prevent obesity, thought about making informative meetings with families, and making the students comprehend the importance of obesity by showing them some case studies. In accordance with the data obtained from the study, some proposals were put forth about this issue.
Obesity, Science Education, Teacher Cand