Published on Jun 21, 2013
The American Medical Association has chosen to classify obesity as a disease. This means 90 million people in the US now have a "disease," when just a few days ago, they did not. But as Laci tells us, this simple change in wording have a huge impact.
Viewpoint: Defining Obesity as a Disease May Do More Harm Than Good
"The label is supposed to improve awareness and treatments for the condition, but similar proclamations about alcoholism and other addictions haven't been so successful."
AMA declares obesity a disease
"The move by the American Medical Assn. board means that one-third of adults and 17% of children in the U.S. have a medical condition that requires treatment."
AMA's Obesity-As-Disease Vote Should Boost Diet Drugs
"The American Medical Association's endorsement of obesity as a disease state should give a boost to sales and continued development of prescription diet drugs."
Obesity In America, By The Numbers
"What does it mean to live in a nation where one 1 of every 3 people is obese? In countless ways, obesity is changing the way we work, live, eat and travel. Here, a sampling of some of those changes."
20 Years Of Obesity: Tracking Changes, Finding Solutions
"News about the obesity epidemic seems to be everywhere."