The Faces of 90.5 WESA
Fri June 21, 2013
Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment
On Tuesday, the American Medical Association officially re-classified obesity as a disease. Experts are now saying this recognition 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. Dr. Esa Davis, a practicing physician with UPMC, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.
These products could include online services as well as in-person consultants available to speak with those classified as obese. Recently the trend has turned to surgery as a means to lose weight, but experts conclude that this is not always the most ideal option. It is important for patients to create a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and a balanced diet.