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.

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Guests:

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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