iOS app Android app

Obesity as Disease

I Have the Disease Known as 'Obesity'

Tony Posnanski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony Posnanski

I work out for over two hours a day. I eat "cleaner" than 99 percent of the people you know. I have not put any artificial ingredients in my body for over a year and have less than 15 percent body fat. But I have obesity. I will always have obesity. It is a disease I live with every day.

Dare to Be 100: Obesity Is Not a Disease

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Thirty years ago I was a member of the House of Delegates of the AMA. I am certain, in retrospect, that we passed some resolutions that were wrong. Bu...

Obesity: American Disease, American Story

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Much as cancer care has to be personalized based on genetics and risk factors, obesity also needs to be seen as a disease resulting from a complex interaction of unique factors for each patient.

Stepping Up the Fight Against Obesity

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 09.08.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

If we work to spread that message beyond our clinics to schools, homes, and the workplace, we will be that much closer to getting chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes under control and to helping New Yorkers live fuller and healthier lives.

Obesity As a Disease?

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

Obesity has been called many things -- an epidemic, a major public health problem, an urgent chronic condition -- but is it a disease? The American Medical Association, the largest physician organization in the nation, has decided that it is.

Obesity Is a Disease: Not Easy Medicine for All to Swallow

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

By branding it as a disease, are we running the risk of attaching new negatives to already struggling individuals? That is yet to be seen, as is what impact the AMA's proclamation might actually have on the fight to end obesity.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

American Medical Association Declares Obesity a Disease

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Warnecke

Victimizing obesity as a disease is dangerous territory, and from my perspective just feels like another excuse for pharmaceutical companies to make money. Why would anyone choose diet and exercise over a magic pill? I certainly wouldn't.