Saturday, July 27, 2013
American Medical Association Says Obesity is a Disease
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that may help in the fight against diabetes and heart disease by improving reimbursement for medications, surgery, and counseling. The vote of the AMA House of Delegates went against the conclusions of the association’s Council on Science and Public Health, which stated that BMI measurements, which are usually used to define obesity, are simplistic and flawed. Also, opponents said declaring obesity a disease would define one-third of Americans as being ill and could lead to more reliance on drugs and surgery rather than lifestyle changes.