KQED Forum is one of my top favorite radio shows - airs at 9am Pacific Time every week day on KQED.
Yesterday's podcast was about the recent decision of the American Medical Association to classify obesity as a disease: "Their decision has drawn controversy: Supporters say the label could spur health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services. But opponents say obesity is a risk factor, and calling it a "disease" further stigmatizes overweight people."
You can listen to the whole 1-hour long podcast here:
The conversation was very heated, with many callers and great comments. I was very surprised that few people mentioned the root problem, which is what I would call "the elephant in the room," namely that we have a toxic food system, filled with sugar and heavily processed foods. My own takeaway from the podcast: "Junk food is unacceptable. We should treat junk food just like smoking."
Guests on the show:
- Dr. Kristine Madsen, pediatrician at UCSF and assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Public Health
- Elissa Epel, professor at UCSF Department of Psychiatry and director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST)
- Virgie Tovar, editor of "Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion"
I am curious what the Mothering community thinks about this law and what your comments and takeaways after listening to this podcast are.