american medical association obesity disease
By branding it as a disease, are we running the risk of attaching new negatives to already struggling individuals? That is yet to be seen, as is what impact the AMA's proclamation might actually have on the fight to end obesity.
Beyond the obvious lack of training preventing most physicians from being able to effectively treat obesity, there's another issue at stake: physicians just aren't afforded enough time with their patients.
There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"
Crystal English joins Abby to talk about what motivated her to get healthy and lose 130 pounds.