Mar. 27, 2015   25°F   School Closings
Listen Live WCPN / WCLV
Mission 4
Values 1
Values 2
Values 3
Vision 3
Vision 4
Vision 5
Values 4
Values 5
Values 6
Vision 1
Vision 2

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9
The Sound of Ideas

Obesity Called a Disease

Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Tweet
Embed Audio Download MP3 Download MP3 Play Video Watch Video
Be Well

Obesity Called a Disease It has long been known that obesity is bad for your healh. It has been linked to diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis.Last week, the American Medical Association said obesity doesn't just cause disease, it IS a disease. We'll talk about why the change in classification was made and what it could mean for coverage, prevention and treatment of obesity.


Community/Human Interest, Health, Be Well, Obesity


Patrice Harris, MD, American Medical Association board member
Dr. Paul Terpeluk, Medical Director, Employee Health Services, Cleveland Clinic
Christopher J. Conover, adjunct scholar, American Enterprise Institute and Research Scholar,
Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research, Duke University
Sumana Narasimhan, MD, University Hospitals

Additional Information

U.S. Surgeon General’s “A Fit and Healthy Nation” initiative
Be Well:  Young and Obese, Thursday, June 27th, 8:00 p.m. WVIZ/PBS

It can be difficult finding convenient sources of fresh foods. Below is a map of what the Cuyahoga County Board of Health calls food deserts, defined as places populated by a large percentage of low-income residents with limited transportation options who live more than a half mile from a grocery store. That is, a grocery store with a sizable offering of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy. The Board of Health estimates 25% of Cuyahoga County residents (55% of Cleveland residents) live in food deserts. Food deserts are also characterized by relatively easy access to fast food.

Food Desert Map

Leave a Comment

Please follow our community discussion rules when composing your comments.


Live Video Stream

Watch the Sound of Ideas live

Watch the Sound of Ideas during the broadcast - view now! Live video stream available during normal broadcast, Mon-Fri, 9-10 AM (EST).


Every weekday at 9:00 AM (EST), The Sound of Ideas reports the news, explains the news, and sometimes makes news. The Cleveland Press Club awarded it “Best Radio Show” in Ohio and thousands daily find it to be an indispensable source of information about what’s most important to Northeast Ohioans.

Interact with The Sound of Ideas

During the show: 216-578-0903 or 866-578-0903
Last Word line: 216-916-6397 or email
Show ideas & comments? Contact Us.

Twitter: @soundofideas


Recently Featured all entries

Air Dates

90.3 WCPN
Weekdays 9:00 AM

The Ohio Channel
Weekdays 9:00 AM

Funding for Ideas & The Sound of Ideas

Funding for Ideas/Sound of Ideas comes from The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Eaton, the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, and the Nord Family Foundation.