Fat becomes a disease
Medical group decides it is time for doctors to view — and treat — obesity as a disease
By Janet Raloff, 16:43 PM June 21, 2013
On June 18, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates signed off on a statement arguing that obesity is a disease. It said that obesity — the condition of being excessively overweight — meets all of AMA’s criteria for defining a disease. These criteria include impairing normal functions of the body, having characteristic signs or symptoms and leading to harm or poor health.
The AMA is a group of more than 215,000 U.S. doctors and medical students. AMA’s House of Delegates is a...
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