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    In order to fight what it described as an "obesity epidemic," the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease and recommended a number of measures to fight it.

    The association voted on the measure Tuesday at its annual meeting in Chicago. The AMA noted that obesity rates in the United States have "doubled among adults in the last twenty years and tripled among children in a single generation" and that the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Internal Revenue Service already recognize the condition as a disease.

    According to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012," a study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in September last year, adult obesity rates in 2011 exceeded 30 per cent in 12 U.S. states. The study projected that "if rates continue to increase at the current pace, adult obesity rates could exceed 60 per cent in 13 states, and all states could have rates above 44 per cent by 2030."

    Obesity is associated with a variety of diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Rising obesity is expected to increase America's already high health care costs. The AMA's recommendations accompanying the vote included urging physicians and insurance companies to "recognize obesity as a complex disorder," encouraging national efforts to educate the public "about the health risks of being overweight and obese."

    The AMA also recommended the creation "National Obesity Awareness Month" to highlight the benefits of exercise and to warn of the risks of obesity.
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    Opinions? Is obesity a disease like any other? Discuss the potential ramifications of this new classification.

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    You can add American Medical Association to the group that is losing its credibility.
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    I don't even know, but 60% OBESE in just a few years? Scary.

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    I don't even know, but 60% OBESE in just a few years? Scary.

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    Not sure on my feelings towards this. However, having it included as a disease will help people get the right medical care without any obstruction. This can potentially increase insurance coverages if obesity was a non covered reason for medical services.
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    I agree with Jessica. This one doesn't bother me as much as the caffeine addiction thing. I think because i see no need to classify caffeine addiction as a mental disorder, but I think there might be something beneficial to classifying obesity as a disease, even if i question if its technically true.

    So...i don't know. Do i think its a disease? I don't think i do. Do i think its a condition that needs a lot of attention in our medical community? Absolutely. If the best way to do that is to classify it as a disease....well then maybe i'm okay with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Not sure on my feelings towards this. However, having it included as a disease will help people get the right medical care without any obstruction. This can potentially increase insurance coverages if obesity was a non covered reason for medical services.
    I thought that too -- it seems like a strategic move to help address it as opposed to some indulgent bit of caffeine nonsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I agree with Jessica. This one doesn't bother me as much as the caffeine addiction thing. I think because i see no need to classify caffeine addiction as a mental disorder, but I think there might be something beneficial to classifying obesity as a disease, even if i question if its technically true.

    So...i don't know. Do i think its a disease? I don't think i do. Do i think its a condition that needs a lot of attention in our medical community? Absolutely. If the best way to do that is to classify it as a disease....well then maybe i'm okay with it.
    Maybe obesity should be a mental disorder too
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Maybe obesity should be a mental disorder too

    That arguments already being made

    Should Obesity Be Called a Mental Illness? | Psychology Today

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    Yep pretty soon no one will have to take responsibility for anything because they will be able to blame it on some disease or mental disorder.
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