Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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.
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
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.
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