AMA declares obesity a disease

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

Time to call obesity a disease. That was the message coming from the American Medical Association on Tuesday, after members voted and passed an initiative labeling obesity a disease. One nurse practitioner says the announcement could change the lives of millions of Americans.

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Time to call obesity a disease. That was the message coming from the American Medical Association on Tuesday, after members voted and passed an initiative labeling obesity a disease.

One nurse practitioner says the announcement could change the lives of millions of Americans.

One out of every three. The Centers for Disease Control says this is how many adults are obese. Donald McPherson is a nurse practitioner and agrees.

"A lot of it is culture and the way you were raised. A lot of people tend to cook in grease and lard," said McPherson.

Advocates like McPherson and a team of medical societies, physicians and students who make up the American Medical Association are calling for action.

On Tuesday, AMA's House of Delegates passed an ordinance labeling obesity a disease.

One official says the costs associated with treating this health condition will soon change.

"With this new AMA ruling hopefully more insurance agencies are going to cover weight loss surgery."

Health officials say we should all take preventive measures like participating in calorie burning activities, understanding portion sizes and avoiding high processed foods

McPherson says the new classification is shedding light on preventive health care for the fight against obesity.

Health officials say if we continue down this path 50% of the adult population will be obese by the year 2030.


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