Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
Is Obesity A Disease?Download audio (MP3)
The American Medical Association decided recently to classify obesity as a disease. Their decision has drawn controversy: Supporters say the label could spur health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services. But opponents say obesity is a risk factor, and calling it a "disease" further stigmatizes overweight people. We discuss the controversy.
Host: Dave Iverson
- Dr. Kristine Madsen, pediatrician at UCSF and assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Public Health
- Elissa Epel, professor at UCSF Department of Psychiatry and director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST)
- Virgie Tovar, editor of "Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion"
- Childhood Obesity: Kids Fight Back : from KQED Quest