A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

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    The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments.

    In making the decision, delegates at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago overrode a recommendation against doing so by a committee that had studied the matter. “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the association’s board, said in a statement. She suggested the new definition would help in the fight against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are linked to obesity. ...

    ... The delegates rejected the conclusion of the council and voted instead in favor of a resolution pushed by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American College of Cardiology and some other organizations.

    This resolution argued that obesity was a “multimetabolic and hormonal disease state” that leads to unfavorable outcomes like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    “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,” the resolution said. ...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/bu...a-disease.html
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    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id...mp;pid=9144399

    Doctor Prashanth Ramachandra, also known as Dr. Rom, is director of the bariatric program at Mercy Fitzgerald.
    He applauds the AMA's decision to classify obesity as a disease.
    "If you look at what disease is, anything that leads to bodily harm or has the consequences negative to the body," says Dr. Rom.
    He says consequences such as heart disease and diabetes can be devastating, and calling obesity a disease will get more doctors to address the problem and insurance companies to pay for treatments...
    ....Dr. Rom says, "Every patient we treat understands they have a role to play in what they are going through but they also understand without help they are not going to win this battle."...
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    “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,” the resolution said
    The problem is, sometimes the scenario described above IS the case. Obesity is not a cut-and-dry problem. Its causes and treatments are complex and highly variable case to case. To suggest that it isn't a consequence of personal choices that is often exacerbated by genetics in some cases (please read that caveat a few times) is ridiculous. Shame on the AMA for disregarding the suggestion of their council, which seemed to come at this widespread problem with a clearer view of its myriad of root causes.
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    Just a passing comment.

    Had the opportunity to travel a bit in the States over the past year. Noticed significant differences in the number of obese by regions. I'd say it's very likely that there are documented areas with greater risk based on these stats... and perhaps correlated to culture, climate, personal income, education levels, etc.

    Interesting.
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