Millions of American men, women and children are this morning waking up with a disease they didn’t have at this time yesterday. With immediate effect, the American Medical Association has reclassified obesity as a disease, after this Tuesday’s vote was passed. As a result, more than 78 million adults and a further 12 million children across the United States are now considered to be suffering from a medical problem that calls for urgent and decisive treatment.
Following an extensive debate on the positive and negative implications of reclassifying obesity as a disease, the nation’s most senior medical professionals passed the vote by a significant margin. While advocates have stated that the move will ensure obesity is tackled more aggressively as the danger it really is, others argue it will do nothing but potentially make things even worse for the country.
On the whole though it was concluded that there were far less negatives than positives factored in, so after the downside had been discussed and considered at length, the decision was made – one that resulted in over a third am American adults now being considered disease sufferers.
“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the American Medical Community tackles this complex issue that affects one in three Americans,” said Dr. Patrice Harris speaking on behalf of the AMA.
With obesity now being considered a disease, physicians and doctors across the country will now be legally obliged to address any such problems facing their patients as they would any other dangerous disease. They will no longer be able to skirt around the issue which is known to happen in thousands of instances due to the sensitivity of the subject.
Doctors are commonly known to ignore, sidestep or play down the severity of their patients’ obesity in order to avoid offense.
Studies have generate evidence that most obese individuals across the US have never had their problems discussed by their physicians and in many cases are completely unaware of how extensive their problems are. It is hoped that the change in classification will prompt proactivity from both sides.
As far as critics are concerned though, the move will do nothing but encourage millions of Americans to demand medication and surgery to combat their obesity problems rather than trying to deal with them via conventional exercise and dietary methods.