AMA Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

June 28, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


The American Medical Association (AMA) has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a stance that could result in greater investments by the government and private sector to develop and reimburse for treatments and counseling for obesity. While AMA’s decision has no legal power, it is expected to significantly shape public opinion and national health goals, according to a June 18, 2013, New York Times article. Furthermore, AMA’s decision could reduce the stigma surrounding obesity based on the common perception that obesity is simply caused by eating too much or exercising too little.

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