The AMA has endorsed the idea that “obesity” is a disease, not a “condition”. (Personally I consider it a characteristic.) Forbes states that this is “a move member physicians hope will spur better reimbursement for treating overweight Americans and create better health outcomes.” Exactly how it’s supposed to “create better health outcomes” when commonly prescribed treatments do not work long-term or create good health outcomes is not addressed.
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Actually, from what I read in the link I found on my facebook page, the AMA said that ‘obesity’ is NOT a disease. Of course, their attitude is still a long way from what I want to see them say, that fat is just a normal, natural biological variation in the way human beings are made. I expect that pigs will fly before that happens, as there is just too much money to be made convincing people that they CAN & SHOULD manipulate the size of their bodies. I also don’t consider my size a ‘condition’, but a combination of my genes, aging, childbearing, menopause & my body’s reaction to all the compulsive exercising I have done in my life. Considering that I have been one of the healthiest people I know for nearly 64 years now (knock on wood, since we all know anything can happen to anyone at any moment), I have never been able to see my body size as a ‘disease.’