Obesity

Health
9:29 am
Sun July 6, 2014

CMU Start-Up Aims For Healthier Kids

The Allegheny Health Department reported that 30% of school age kids in the county are obese or overweight, and a new Pittsburgh start-up aims to address this issue with animated characters shaped like food and 6 years of research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  

Fitwits combines stories, games, and instructions for parents and professionals on how to deal with the sensitive subject of obesity.

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Health
3:30 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Allegheny County Health Department Begins Planning Obesity Prevention Campaign

Allegheny County’s new health department director is setting her sights on obesity prevention.

Dr. Karen Hacker, who joined the department last week, gave a presentation about ways to address obesity during Wednesday’s meeting of the Allegheny County Board of Health.

“I think it’s a national issue," Hacker said. "Somewhere between 30-40 percent of the population is in the overweight category, and I just believe there’s a lot a community can do and a lot a public health department can do.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:50 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Treatment for Obesity Calls for Lifestyle and Cultural Changes

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Following the American Medical Association’s reclassification of obesity as a disease, physicians are hopeful about the slew of positive opportunities that could come to the one in three Americans classified as “obese.

Dr. Esa Davis, 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.”

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.  This decrease has extended to schoolchildren where exercise is not always part of the daily routine.

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:26 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Monday July 1st, 2013 The State Budget and How to Treat Obesity, Conversation Continued

The budget was passed on time this weekend. How inclusive will it be?
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These topics air Monday in the noon hour on 90.5 WESA

Where Do We Stand With The State Budget?
The $28.37 billion state budget plan passed this weekend, just hours before the deadline. We'll talk about what's in the plan, what still needs to be addressed and what it means for the Corbett administration. Harrisburg Patriot News Editor, John Micek has been tracking all of the details from the State Capitol.

Treating Obesity as a Disease
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. Health plans will be re-formulated to create more products to help patients manage their weight. Dr. Esa Davis, a practicing physician with UPMC, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment

A report by the AMA says that 1 in 3 Americans will struggle with obesity. What is the best way to treat this newly classified disease?
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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. 

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