Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Is Obesity A Disease?

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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"

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