Weight loss http://wesa.fm en The Diet Industry is Big Business http://wesa.fm/post/diet-industry-big-business <p>As obesity rates rise in the United States, so too do the amount of citizens <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10629316.htm">annually</a> attempting to diet. Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, says <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/100-million-dieters-20-billion-weight-loss-industry/story?id=16297197">studies</a> show at any one time, America has an estimated 108 million people on diets.</p><p>She notes that most are women, most make four or five attempts per year to diet and an overwhelming majority are trying to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/exercise-weight-control">lose weight</a> by themselves, without a plan or program.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:38:03 +0000 Katherine Blackley 15903 at http://wesa.fm The Diet Industry is Big Business 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