U.S. Doctors’ Group Labels Weight problems an illness

 

The Effect of Obesity on Heart Function

Video taken from the channel: NYU Langone Health


 

Lewis Cantley Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer: The Insulin Connection

Video taken from the channel: JumpstartMD


 

Should We Stop Calling Obesity a ‘Disease’?

Video taken from the channel: Seeker


 

American Medical Association has classified obesity as a disease

Video taken from the channel: WANE 15 News


 

Obesity a disease, says American Medical Association

Video taken from the channel: CBS News


 

Obesity classified as disease by American Medical Association

Video taken from the channel: Global News


 

The Obesity Epidemic

Video taken from the channel: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) In an effort to focus greater attention on the weight-gain epidemic plaguing the United States, the American Medical Association has now classified obesity. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States, with more than one-third of adults (35.7 percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and teens considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States, with more than one-third of adults (35.7 percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and teens considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes. U.S.

Doctors’ Group Labels Obesity a Disease. Created: 06/20/2013. Last Updated: 06/20/2013.

Share on: Advocates say AMA’s move will boost resources to fight weight-gain epidemic, but. Advocates say AMA’s move will boost resources to fight weight-gain epidemic, but others question decision. (HealthDay)—In an effort to focus greater attention on the weight. Physicians group labels obesity a disease CNN. One word could have a big impact on the way doctors treat obesity in the United States.

Traditionally, obesity has been seen simply as a “risk factor” for a string of health concerns – diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart failure, for example. Canadian experts. One word could have a big impact on the way doctors treat obesity in the United States.

The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy that officially labels obesity as a disease “requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity. This persistent rate has proved frustrating to public-health experts, given that obesity is a leading risk factor for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. So is obesity a disease?

All of a sudden, the American Medical Association thinks it is; the House of Delegates, the principal policy-making body of the AMA, recently voted to officially label.

List of related literature:

Since the early 1980s, a small number of dedicated health professionals, government health officials, and lobbying groups have been working hard, with substantial assistance from the pharmaceutical and weight-loss industries, to promote the idea that obesity is a disease.

“Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic” by J. Eric Oliver
from Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America’s Obesity Epidemic
by J. Eric Oliver
Oxford University Press, 2005

A place to begin addressing this epidemic is to educate health care providers on proper medical evaluation of the patient with obesity.

“Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition” by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
from Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition
by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
Guilford Publications, 2019

Despite the significance of this disease, studies have shown that fewer than 50% of obese patients have been advised to lose weight by their physicians (Galuska et al, 1999).

“Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book” by Robert E. Rakel
from Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book
by Robert E. Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

Today, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to identify a BMI at or above 30.00 (kg/m2) as obese.

“Handbook of Population” by Dudley L. Poston Jr.
from Handbook of Population
by Dudley L. Poston Jr.
Springer International Publishing, 2019

The American Medical Association now classifies obesity as a disease.

“Health Opportunities Through Physical Education” by Corbin, Charles B, McConnell, Karen, Le Masurier, Guy, Corbin, David, Farrar, Terri
from Health Opportunities Through Physical Education
by Corbin, Charles B, McConnell, Karen, et. al.
Human Kinetics, 2014

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert committee has proposed cutoff points for the classification of overweight and obesity [34] such that it would be possible to identify individuals or groups at risk and to compare weight status across populations.

“Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease” by Carol J. Boushey, Ann M. Coulston, Cheryl L. Rock, Elaine Monsen
from Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
by Carol J. Boushey, Ann M. Coulston, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2001

If epidemiological researchers wish to use body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of obesity or overweight in the population, the scales used must be accurate.

“Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals” by Bernadette Howlett, Teresa Gabiola Shelton, Ellen Rogo
from Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
by Bernadette Howlett, Teresa Gabiola Shelton, Ellen Rogo
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2020

In a study of overweight and obese employees, Oberlinner et al. (2007) reported that, due to the prevalence of overweight and obesity and their associated medical issues, The Commission of the European Community supports health promotion and disease prevention in the workplace.

“Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness” by Robert J. Gatchel, Izabela Z. Schultz
from Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness
by Robert J. Gatchel, Izabela Z. Schultz
Springer US, 2012

Currently, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese is at an all-time high; as a consequence, the risk for various chronic diseases is also on the rise.

“Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon, Melissa Bernstein
from Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel, Don Ross, et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Now that obese individuals “officially” have a disease, the use of medical measures, including diet pills, other obesity medication, and gastric bypass surgery, to “cure” this disease is likely to increase, along with profits for the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

“Health, Illness, and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology” by Steven E. Barkan
from Health, Illness, and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology
by Steven E. Barkan
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020

Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +1 (877) 492-3666

Biography: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/kutluk_oktay/
Bibliography: oktay_bibliography

View all posts

17 comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • The problem here in the comments is that we have this dualistic logic: If Disease then excused for your actions. If not then you are lazy. Similar to mental disorders, people try to prove that a behaviour is because of neuroligical/brain differences, but if it was just psychological you would be considered lazy because we supposed that neurological is hardwired, psychological is easy to change (which is not).

    So, if not disease or neurological then you think it’s ok to shame people. Ok you think, maybe there is 1% of obese who really try, but the rest are lazy. I seriously don’t like this. Then we try to prove “Hey, I am also in that 1%” instead of seeing that we are in this position for various other reasons, and even if they don’t seem concrete reasons, but things that could change with decisions, it’s not as easy as people not into this think, and there should be respect and understanding no matter the underlining reasons.

  • The up rise in prevalence of obesity in the world is s major factor in negatively impacting global economy and human being quality of life, this epidemic should stop, and we all responsible

  • It’s not a disease. It’s a lifestyle choice. I’m 80lbs overweight (and losing) but I don’t lie to myself. The treadmil was more uncomfortable than chilling on my laptop, junk food formulated to taste awesome…well tasted better than broccoli but once you start exercising more and eating healthier I guarantee over time it becomes the norm. Exercising won’t even phase you, and home boiled and baked chicken will taste better than KFC…which will now probably have you heading for the toilet to blow it up. Obesity is all about habits. Calling it a disease makes people victimize themselves and make them less likely to lose the poundage. My mother went through life healthy as a horse despite being morbidly obese but as soon as she hit 50 her knees are shot, she’s winded, she has sleep apnea she needs help getting up it will bite you in the ass and probably at an age when it becomes extremely difficult to do anything about it.

  • “The term disease suggests that bodies, physiology, and genes are malfunctioning”… and yet, they are not, accumulating fat with surplus calories is exactly what our bodies are made to do. Obesity is not a disease, it is a choice, a choice made by people that don’t want to exert the mental discipline required to prevent it.

  • Food industry don’t care neither government, the government are actually wanting people to die off with obesity because they say they say they are over populated

  • Diet & exercise seems to be the simple solution. Have just a little bit of willpower and don’t live a sedentary lifestyle, you probably won’t be obese.

  • I am thinking then from watching this talk that if they had done studies inducing type 1 diabetes and the effect on tumors. How this potentially help to suppress a cancer.

  • WTF. You are giving obese people an excuse to be obese! Not a disease, it’s a life style, an addiction!!!!!! It’s like saying alcoholism a disease! A crack addiction a  disease!!!?/ No, people get addicted to shit, why? because almost everything is a “drug” Sex and food are “drugs”. People just don’t understand how chemicals in their brains work. Endorphins are amazing. People are so stupid, I fucking swear.

  • Thanks so much. I’ve been trying to find the actual mechanisms through which obesity affects health, but it has been difficult. All my search queries lead to the engine thinking I either want advice on how to lose weight, or want to know that obesity is associated with X, Y, Z. Very few attempt to explain HOW obesity causes X, Y, Z.

  • its because the majority of America is literally preserved and basically soaked in chemicals without caring. I tell people all the time the garbage their eating and they just keep going. people are stupid. sugar and certain preservatives are addictive and almost all preservatives are known or suspected carcinogens.
    If someone who has a food addiction can get disability and food stamps to support theirs.I feel we should house, pay,and feed crack heads..

  • As the incidence of obesity continues to increase, the development of effective therapies is a high priority. The endocannabinoid system has emerged as an important influence on the regulation of energy homeostasis. The endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol act on cannabinoid receptor-1 (CB1) in the brain and many peripheral tissues causing a net anabolic action. This includes increasing food intake, and causing increased lipogenesis and fat storage in adipose tissue and liver. The endocannabinoid system is hyperactive in obese humans and animals, and treating them with CB1 antagonists causes weight loss and improved lipid and glucose profiles. Although clinical trials with CB1 antagonists have yielded beneficial metabolic effects, concerns about negative affect have limited the therapeutic potential of the first class of CB1 antagonists available.

  • Obesity is a choice, not a disease.
    It’s the by product of the fact that unhealthy food is the tastiest food and the lack of will power. Plain and simple.

  • Hihi, have you wondered about this plan called the SkinniMaker Diet? (go search google). My cousin says it helps people get thinner.

  • I say it should only be classified as a disease, when the person in question actually has a problem. Be it physiological, physical or whatever.
    Without being rude just eating too much, not exercising and generally being lazy is  a choice, and I’d say that the vast majority of people don’t have a choice over a ‘disease’ they contract.
    If there’s actually underlying reason such as recently trauma to cause stress that would result in overeating or a metabolism that’s geared towards weight gain, etc, then it should be labeled as such. It’s not fair that the people with an actual problem get grouped together with people who quite frankly are being extremely unhealthy and rather stupid by their own choice.

    You don’t give someone who actually has an addiction to a drug(or food in this case) the same name as someone who over-dosed once by choice while ‘experimenting’ one is an actual condition, the other is a bloody plonker.

  • If fast food was never invented, people exercise all the time, meat is illegal, liposuction cost less, and people eat only fruits and vegetables then no one would be fat ever

  • You say as obesity occurs these conditions are prevalent. How about they stop drinking soda so they dont get fat in the first place. This guy is full of shit.

  • I have the cure; it is called exercise. When taken with “Putdowntheforkerin” one will experience noticeable weight loss in as little as two to four months.
    Seriously, people go to such lengths to convince themselves that nothing is their own fault…