Dr. Esa Davis http://wesa.fm en Treatment for Obesity Calls for Lifestyle and Cultural Changes http://wesa.fm/post/treatment-obesity-calls-lifestyle-and-cultural-changes <p>Following the American Medical Association’s <a href="http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-the-american-medical-association-have-classified-obesity-as-a-disease">reclassification</a> of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/06/28/declaring-obesity-a-disease-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/">obesity as a disease</a>, physicians are hopeful about the slew of positive opportunities that could come to the one in three Americans <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html">classified as “obese.</a>”</p><p><a href="http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/dgim/faculty_info.aspx?fp=5933">Dr. Esa Davis</a>, a practicing physician with UPMC Division of General Internal Medicine, notes that this change will allow for primary care offices to have more discussions with patients about obesity and hopefully allow for “broader insurance coverage for weight loss programs and nutritional services” as well as “increased funding for research and intervention programs.”</p><p>But why are there more obese people in 2013 than ever before? Davis points to the increased availability of nutrient-dense food and a decrease in physical activity.&nbsp; This decrease has extended to schoolchildren where exercise is not always part of the daily routine.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:50:15 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12402 at http://wesa.fm Treatment for Obesity Calls for Lifestyle and Cultural Changes Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/reclassification-obesity-disease-prompts-questions-about-treatment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Tuesday, the <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/general-resources-health-care-professionals/roadmaps-clinical-practice-series/assessment-management-adult-obesity.page">American Medical Association</a> officially re-classified obesity <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/06/18/ama-backs-disease-classification-for-obesity/">as a disease</a>. Experts are now saying this <a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/806566">recognition</a> will enable doctors to better treat the 1 in 3 Americans who struggle with obesity. It is hoped health plans will create more products to help patients manage their weight and broaden the coverage for those in need. <strong><a href="http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/dgim/faculty_info.aspx?fp=5933">Dr. Esa Davis</a></strong>, a practicing physician with <a href="http://www.upmc.com/.../default.aspx?vcat...2379e134e347%7CWeight+Loss">UPMC</a>, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:24:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11881 at http://wesa.fm Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment