Wednesday, June 19, 2013

AMA Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

To the two folks that read my rant yesterday, this may be slightly weird, and I'd agree.  I as soon as I read this I developed a slight case a remorse...  I know all to well the issues that come with poor nutrition, I just had to vent in the moment.  I'm back now...

I've had similar conversations among my friends and colleagues on other issues.  So I thought I'd put it out for us to discuss.  I believe there's a lot (good and bad) that will come from this.

Read AMA decision here

From New York Times:

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. 
To some extent, the question of whether obesity is a disease or not is a semantic one, since there is not even a universally agreed upon definition of what constitutes a disease. And the A.M.A.’s decision has no legal authority. (Read the rest here)

I would say "weigh in with your comments below" but the Janitor would boo me...

But I am interested in your thoughts.

Is this a good thing?
Is this a bad thing?
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