Obesity Now Defined as Disease By American Medical Association

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The American Medical Association formally voted earlier this week to classify obesity as a disease, one that 35 percent of U.S. adults reportedly have.

The classification is aimed in part to get doctors to tackle obesity as if they were treating a disease, rather than a mere lifestyle in need of modification.

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Dr. Patrice Harris of the AMA said in a statement:

"Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles a complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans."

"The AMA is committed to improving health and working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity."

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) - a ratio of height over weight - of 30 or higher. People are considered normal weight with a BMI of 18.5-24.9.

While obesity may not have formally been considered a disease before, it has certainly been linked to diseases by growing bodies of research.

Studies have linked obesity to risk increases for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, liver disease, sleep apnea, breathing problems, and osteoarthritis.

Moreover, experts believe it can lead to joint pain, infertility, sexual side effects and cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, pancreas and kidneys.

The 2013 "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer" found significant rises in obesity-related cancers over the past three decades.

Heart disease in particular is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, doctors say. On and on the studies go.

Obesity's new disease classification may also make more Americans realize what inactivity and non-healthy recipes could be doing to their health.

A January 2013 survey showed that as many as 70 percent of Americans know heart disease and diabetes are health risks tied to obesity.

However, only 7 percent of respondents knew cancer was a risk and 5 percent knew asthma and sleep apnea could be helped by shedding pounds.

The new disease classification could also have an impact on legislation in D.C. and with insurance companies, regarding procedures and medications.

What do you think: Should obesity be considered a disease?

 

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THESE ARE LOW IQ DOWNBREEDS WHOM HAVE LITLE REAL CLUE ABOUT ANYTHING .... ADD .... AUTISM.... BI POLAR AND NOW - THE FUNNIEST ONE : " OBESITY" ARE FICTIONS !!!! THE PRODUCT OF INFERIOR FAKERS WITH SUBNORMAL BRAIN POWER . IF YOU LOOK AT ORIENTALS , THEY HAVE'NT CHANGED - STILL THIN AND THE SAME AS EVER .. ONE REASON IS THEY DON'T RACE MIX WITH EITHER NEGROS OR SEMITE . THE WIDE , ROUND , APE LIKE RAT-LIKE PEOPLE WHOM ARE FAT AQND ROUND BY RACE ..... ` THE FAT "DISEASE IS JUST MORE COLOREDS IN THE COUNTRY AND MORE RACE MIXING !!!!!!

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Thank you , Joy ... you're wonderful .... it's true ...all these big fatties are obviously racially bastardized and creepy .... ratchel and sick-o-it are two who don't like the truth !!!! love u , Joy !!

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@ JOY

@joy Are you one of those "downbreeds" you mention, because damn look at the way you communicate. It's funny, someone like you with so much venom to spew against others doesn't even take the time to invest in the free service of a spell check. Maybe it's your lack of even an elementary education, maybe it's the end result of all your family's inbreeding, shoot maybe it's the fact it was Opposite Day when your parents named you "Joy"...I don't know, but there is no good excuse for someone acting as rotten as you.

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@ JOY

Joy... This comment is BEYOND disrespectful in so many ways. How dare you write garbage like this, you racist piece of crap?! You think Autism is FICTION? You're crazy... and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for writing this post. Go throw yourself in the washing machine.

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Yes I became obese because of I have arthritis that was caused by a car accident, when I was in my early 20's, a drunk driver hit me...so because of my pain I stopped exercising, so its a vicious cycle for me, I try to exercise, go on a diet, then when the pain becomes too great I fall apart again. I am in my fifties nowadays. And oh by the by for others that are reading this, those freakin' nisaids that relieve the pain can also cause you to have heartburn eventually.

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@ Deb

There is a difference between obesity with a cause, as in your case, and being a lazy person who eats junk all the time like my aunt. She has nothing medically wrong with her and, in fact, used to be fairly fit. She now chooses to ONLY eat fast food and junk food and does nothing physical besides walking to places she has to go. I, too, have a chronic pain illness and know the cycle you talk about very, very well. However, there is a reason behind your inability to work out and not simply a choice. And you yourself admit that you TRY to work out, and are prevented due to pain. At least you are trying, which is more than can be said for many (not all, but many) people.

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now, if its a disease, the cure would be lipo, tummy tuck, breast augmentation.. since its a disease, shouldnt the procedures be covered via medical insurance?

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While it is a problem, I say no it should not be treated as such. For certain people it very well may be a disease, but this is opening the gate to obese people that just are unhealthy and have poor eating habits, to justify why they are obese rather than giving them the courage to change thier lifestyle.