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AMA Declares Obesity a Disease Needing Treatment.....

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The American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, which means 90 million U.S. adults and children have a medical condition requiring treatment.



After a debate Tuesday, members of the AMA's House of Delegates rejected advice of their own experts and extended the new status for obesity to a condition that affects more than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of U.S. children, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The vote might pressure health insurance companies to reimburse physicians for the time-consuming task of discussing obesity's health risks with patients whose body mass index exceeds 30 and encourage doctors to direct their patients to weight-loss programs.....snip~

Read more: AMA votes to call obesity a disease requiring treatment - UPI.com

Well there we have it. The AMA has now declared Obesity a Disease. One that needs treatment. June 19, 2013. Thoughts about this?
 

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They only settled on obesity being a disease because they couldn't justify breathing being one.
 

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Thoughts? Yeah ... soooooooooo much **** gonna come down because of this.
But ... question ... does Mayor Bloomberg run the AMA too?
 

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Obesity is a disease. I am suprised it is just now being officially declared.
 

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They only settled on obesity being a disease because they couldn't justify breathing being one.
Heya SH. :2wave: Yeah but there were doctors there objecting to this.....evidenced. Then where our good ole politicians get to play.

Although this week's decision has no legal standing, federal and state policymakers often adopt the group's positions when drafting medical and public health regulations, according to Forbes.

However, some physicians at the meeting argued that declaring obesity a disease would "medicalize a condition" that affects nearly one-third of the nation. Moreover, they said obesity does not meet the definition of a "disease" as overweight patients can still be in good health, and some argued that obesity is a result of lifestyle choice, not medical illness.

Meanwhile, some argue that defining obesity as a disease could cause overweight patients' insurance premiums to increase and affect their employment.

Obesity's public health burden
42% of Americans to be obese by 2030
Will your baby be obese? Checklist can predict weight gain.....snip~

AMA declares obesity a disease | The Advisory Board Daily Briefing

To be considered a Public Burden. Does any agree with this?
 

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Thoughts? Yeah ... soooooooooo much **** gonna come down because of this.
But ... question ... does Mayor Bloomberg run the AMA too?
Heya Bubba. :2wave: Well one thing is for sure. It will raise Obese Peoples Premiums up. Plus they may even lose jobs over their weight.
 

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Pass me some of those wings, a super big gulp and 4 or 5 twinkies while I ponder this request.
Heya HJ. :2wave: Sorry.....I only have a 5 dolla footlong. :2razz:

But I did hear on the Radio. Mickey D's was Supersizing those Fries and Soft Drinks. :lol:
 

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Obesity is a disease. I am suprised it is just now being officially declared.
No, the majority of it is 'choice'. The 'choice' being eating too much and/or weight inducing foods, lack of even basic exercise, and ignorance of nutrition. Very few actually have a health condition underlying their weight.

It seems the medical industry is trying label everything a disease, so they can offer 'treatment' and legitimize it's existence. After all, no one is responsible for their own actions. :wink:
 

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The American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, which means 90 million U.S. adults and children have a medical condition requiring treatment.



After a debate Tuesday, members of the AMA's House of Delegates rejected advice of their own experts and extended the new status for obesity to a condition that affects more than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of U.S. children, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The vote might pressure health insurance companies to reimburse physicians for the time-consuming task of discussing obesity's health risks with patients whose body mass index exceeds 30 and encourage doctors to direct their patients to weight-loss programs.....snip~

Read more: AMA votes to call obesity a disease requiring treatment - UPI.com

Well there we have it. The AMA has now declared Obesity a Disease. One that needs treatment. June 19, 2013. Thoughts about this?
Get ready for the ballooning, literally and figuratively, of the disability claims industry and the creation of the new obesity bar in the American legal system.
 

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Heya Bubba. :2wave: Well one thing is for sure.
It will raise Obese Peoples Premiums up.
Plus they may even lose jobs over their weight.
That's one of the things, but everybody's premiums will rise beyond what they were going be with the Unaffordable Care Act anyway ... and given the size of some of the newly insured on foodstamps (btw, how does that happen) it'll be a double whammy.
Yeah ... what a Country.
 

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I have not looked up the definiton of a disease for a long time but IIRC it is any deviation from the normal body function. Obsiety is a deviation. You guys need to calm down about this one, preventative medicine is cheaper. In the long run this will save money.
 

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Get ready for the ballooning, literally and figuratively, of the disability claims industry and the creation of the new obesity bar in the American legal system.
Heya CJ :2wave: .....exactly and furthermore. What about if the Doctor is overweight? Will the Doc really be looking at weight loss programs if the Doc feels they themselves aren't overweight and need a treatment?
 

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I have not looked up the definiton of a disease for a long time but IIRC it is any deviation from the normal body function. Obsiety is a deviation. You guys need to calm down about this one, preventative medicine is cheaper. In the long run this will save money.
So Mak.....would you tell the AMA's Council on Science and Public Health to calm down on this one as well? What about the Physicians Groups and their arguments about medicalizing a condition. Do you think they might have an idea as to what they are looking at and why they are against such?

AMA's Council on Science and Public Health had outlined the benefits and drawbacks of classifying obesity as a disease. The council ultimately maintained that it could not "determine conclusively" whether obesity is a medical disease.....snip~

AMA declares obesity a disease | The Advisory Board Daily Briefing

What about costing Obese people their Jobs? How about their costs going up and everyone else's to pitch-in for paying for all that additional time that Physicians will have to take?
 

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Yes. They are concerned it will eventually cut into profits. One of the many huge problems with our system is the complete lack of focus on preventative care.
So Mak.....would you tell the AMA's Council on Science and Public Health to calm down on this one as well? What about the Physicians Groups and their arguments about medicalizing a condition. Do you think they might have an idea as to what they are looking at and why they are against such?

AMA's Council on Science and Public Health had outlined the benefits and drawbacks of classifying obesity as a disease. The council ultimately maintained that it could not "determine conclusively" whether obesity is a medical disease.....snip~

AMA declares obesity a disease | The Advisory Board Daily Briefing

What about costing Obese people their Jobs? How about their costs going up and everyone else's to pitch-in for paying for all that additional time that Physicians will have to take?
 

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Yes. They are concerned it will eventually cut into profits. One of the many huge problems with our system is the complete lack of focus on preventative care.
Really.....you think the doctors are looking at just cutting into profits? What about their time? Time for all of their Patients? What do you think they mean by medicalizing a condition?
 

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I am not really going to argue if an ounce of prevention is = to a pound of cure. It just does. If obesity is declared a disease the profession can be reimbuese for dietary counselling. That would reduce disease in the long run. Picture this, fewer quarter pounders with cheese, fewer simvastatins.
Really.....you think the doctors are looking at just cutting into profits? What about their time? Time for all of their Patients? What do you think they mean by medicalizing a condition?
 

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But I did hear on the Radio. Mickey D's was Supersizing those Fries and Soft Drinks. :lol:
Outta my way then. Gotta have a small snack before lunch!
 

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I am not really going to argue if an ounce of prevention is = to a pound of cure. It just does. If obesity is declared a disease the profession can be reimbuese for dietary counselling. That would reduce disease in the long run. Picture this, fewer quarter pounders with cheese, fewer simvastatins.
How about grade schools and high schools going back to having a Gym class every day? Recess. Think that might be like preventive?

Yet nothing to do with the Medical industry huh?
 

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How about grade schools and high schools going back to having a Gym class every day? Recess. Think that might be like preventive?

Yet nothing to do with the Medical industry huh?
Most definitely a preventative. Good habits learned young can stave off a lot of problems. Not to say it will prevent the quirks of Mother Nature for some, but for most, exercise as such can only do good.
 

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I have not looked up the definiton of a disease for a long time but IIRC it is any deviation from the normal body function. Obsiety is a deviation. You guys need to calm down about this one, preventative medicine is cheaper. In the long run this will save money.
How does one use "preventative medicine" to prevent obesity? Surely you aren't suggesting that caloric intact and exercise be a medical treatment?

If so, get ready for one hell of a write-off at the end of the year!
 

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Ok, I am all for it. You think gym class would cure America's obsiety problem.
How about grade schools and high schools going back to having a Gym class every day? Recess. Think that might be like preventive?

Yet nothing to do with the Medical industry huh?
 

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Most definitely a preventative. Good habits learned young can stave off a lot of problems. Not to say it will prevent the quirks of Mother Nature for some, but for most, exercise as such can only do good.
Which says nothing concerning those doctors and if they are going to have the time to do such counseling. Moreover how many times are the Docs hit with emergencies.
 
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