Radio Smart Talk: Obesity a disease?
Transforming Health | 07.08.13
Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 8:
About one-third of American adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index or BMI of over 30. A BMI is calculated by a formula that takes into account a person's height and weight.
Obesity can be a factor in heart disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
The CDC says it is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Last month, the American Medical Association voted to classify obesity as a disease rather than a disorder. The thinking behind the move was to bring more attention to what the AMA calls an epidemic and possibly get health insurers to pay for treatment of obesity.
The AMA was criticized by those who say calling obesity a disease will give obese people an excuse for not changing their lifestyles.
We asked you to share your insight on this decision, and tell us about how obesity has impacted your life. Here is a collection of responses gathered through our Public Insight Network. If you'd like to share your own ideas, please take a moment to share them here.
In this episode of Radio Smart Talk, we'll examine obesity and the argument for it being designated as a disease.
Appearing on the program will be Dr. Joseph Cincotta, Medical Director at Pinnacle Health and Dr. Ann Rogers, Director of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss Program.
Dr. Joseph Cincotta and Dr. Ann Rogers