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I Became Diseased Yesterday-- AMA Declares Obesity a Disease

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According to the American Medical Association, as of yesterday I have a disease today. 

Yesterday, the AMA declared obesity to be a disease, and based on my body mass index, I'm obese. 

It doesn't matter that I'm in great shape, that I play an aggressive racquetball game, can run a mile or more, that I work out regularly. The AMA says I am obese, so I have a disease. 

me, 17 days ago by Public Banking Institute Youtube video

I've never had a very high opinion of the AMA and now that opinion has sunk even lower. The talking heads are saying this decision is a good thing. I think it's bullshit disagree. 

As it happens, the AMA's  Council on Science and Public Health, recommended against the decision,saying, in a statement:
" Based on its  interpretations of definitions of disease in common use, the Council argued that it was premature to  classify obesity as a disease, citing the lack of characteristic signs or symptoms due to obesity, as  well as evidence of any true causal relationships between obesity and morbidity and/or mortality."
The council questioned the use of the Body Mass Index (BMI) measure as the criterion for obesity, saying,
" While co-morbidities generally increase as BMI increases, a number of research studies report no  effect--or even slightly protective effects--of overweight and obesity on mortality risk... "
The council concluded,
" Without a single, clear, authoritative, and widely-accepted definition of disease, it is difficult to  determine conclusively whether or not obesity is a medical disease state. Similarly, a sensitive and  clinically practical diagnostic indicator of obesity remains elusive. Obesity, measured by BMI, is  clearly associated with a number of adverse health outcomes, with greater consistency across  populations at the highest BMI levels. However, given the existing limitations of BMI to diagnose  obesity in clinical practice, it is unclear that recognizing obesity as a disease, as opposed to a  "condition" or "disorder," will result in improved health outcomes. The disease label is likely to  improve health outcomes for some individuals, but may worsen outcomes for others.   
What is clear is that a better measure of obesity than BMI alone is needed..."
What is clear to me is that the medical profession, in an unholy alliance with corporations, is moving the healing profession further and further down the slippery slope of pathologization, just as psychiatry is doing. Cui bono  is a question I like to ask-- Who benefits?

First, I should make one thing clear. Just because the AMA says it's a disease doesn't make it a disease. But the AMA does have clout and this position will have an effect. 

I'm wondering when they'll begin identifying some more diseases:

-television/couch potato butt
-internet addiction
-biggie fries syndrome
-porn repetitive strain injury wrist
-political anger management disorder (PAMD)
-Outrage burnout (a form of depression that follows extended cases of PAMD)

Of course, there will be new pharmaceutical solutions or in-patient treatment programs, as well as blood tests and other diagnostic procedures that will come of these. Other news sources are reporting that there are two relatively new anti-obesity drugs on the market. I wonder how the stock prices of their producers are doing. 

I've written this feeling a lot of suspicion about the motivations of the AMA-- a political body that is usually more interested in it's members incomes and influence than in the public health. Most of the doctors I've respected either never joined or quit the organization long ago, and it represents a smaller and smaller percentage of physicians. 

But I'm not sure how this new position will affect Americans. That's where YOU come in. What do you think?


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Rob, If you look at the incerasing numbers of h... by Andy Tonti on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:32:38 AM
My PT, who has a >50" chest, but a 35" waist, s... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:40:03 AM
(or none) thing. How do 15-minute visits to a doct... by Ad Du on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:42:56 AM
It's great you're in great shape, play racquetball... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:49:33 AM
As if people who really are obese and struggli... by Eric Arthur Blair on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:04:34 AM
Remember when kids were just kids instead of being... by Cameron Salisbury on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:10:17 AM
When these crazy generalizations and classificatio... by Jeff Bell on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM
  I am no lover of the AMA myself.  Afte... by Leanne Bissell on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:27:14 AM
The major obstacle to single payer. Admittedly I'm... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:09:34 AM
that those FEMA camps, with the billions of rounds... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:35:44 AM
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Jim Fixx came from a family that suffered from a p... by R.A. on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:49:48 PM
The AMA is essentially the largest medical insuran... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:13:29 AM
That is what you need to know Rob. BMI is a VERY c... by crispy on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:11:46 PM
I think it's big pharma that stands to benefit. Th... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38:09 PM
    The interesting point is that they d... by audrey fisher on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:50:06 PM
The good news is, we can cure ourselves of this di... by Gita Smith on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 1:28:13 PM
Due to  artificially instigated  fear an... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:01:13 PM
On the other hand...Obesity can contribute to a ho... by zocare on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:31:01 PM
click here; Notice in the first paragraph, the obe... by Mimmerann on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 4:10:32 PM
I'm with the AMA's Council on Science and Public H... by Andrew Schettino on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 5:15:58 PM
  Everything is a disease now. Alcoholism is ... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 5:56:02 PM
before they declare being human a disease in need ... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 6:41:47 PM
I just played a guy in his late twenties a set of ... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 6:46:32 PM
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When the injustice and control targets us in a per... by Cynthia Piano on Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:37:26 AM
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