AMA Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

The American Medial Association, the nation’s largest physician group, has officially recognized obesity as a disease. This declaration could cause physicians to take greater care in treating those with the disease as well as inspire insurance companies to reconsider paying for weight loss treatments.

This decision was controversial for several reasons. One of the main concerns was that BMI is used to diagnose the disease, a measurement the article called “simplistic and flawed.” Concurrently, the AMA has no legal authority and further, there is not a universal agreement of what constitutes a disease in the first place.

One of the best comparisons stated in the article was: “the suggestion that obesity is not a disease but rather a consequence of a chosen lifestyle exemplified by overeating and/or inactivity is equivalent to suggesting that lung cancer is not a disease because it was brought about by individual choice to smoke cigarettes.”

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