Subscribe by Email

Your email:

Follow Us!

Voom Blog

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Obesity Declared a Disease


AMA Declares Last Week: Obesity a Disease

Is this good or bad for society?

In America, one third of society is now obese. According to a recent report by NPR, Dr. Douglas Martin, chairman of the American Medical Association public health committee, stated "We felt it's time to take a stance and say we're going to identify this as a disease. We think that's going to send a message not only to the public but to the physician community that we really need to make it a priority and put it in our cross hairs." In the past, the A.M.A referred to obesity as an "urgent chronic condition," "a major health concern," and "a complex disorder." The hope is that more physicians will be inclined to reach out to obese patients, where as previously this subject was an uncomfortable topic to approach. This will force physicians to address the issue, even if there is no current 'cure' for it.

BMI Chart

Obesity for an adult is defined by the government as "An adult who has a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher." BMI is calculated using a person's weight and height. So, for example, if a person is 5'9" and weighs 203 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) BMI calculator, this person would have a BMI of 30, classifying them as obese by these standards. 

Is Obesity a Disease?

Obesity Is a disease resized 600There has been an abundant amount of debate as to whether or not obesity is in fact a disease, or if it is a condition that creates disease. Meaning that, obesity can lead to diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, and many other debilitating illnesses. These diseases are the leading cause of preventable death among Americans today. Similarly, this train of thought has also been applied to the issue of smoking. Smoking is by no means a disease in the normal sense, however that as well can lead to many chronic diseases.

Take a look at this chart to the left to see some issues characteristic of  obesity. This just shows a brief overview of some very common problems that come hand in hand with this "disease."

Where do you Stand on Obesity as a Disease?

A recent New York Times article cited that the Council on Science and Public Health studied the issue of obesity over the past year, and declared that obesity should in fact not be classified as a disease. They're reasoning was mainly because "the measure usually used to define obesity, the body mass index, is simplistic and flawed." The NYT reported that the council also summarized the arguments for and against calling obesity a disease.

One reason in favor of the obesity debate was that it would "reduce the stigma of obesity that stems from the widespread perception that it is simply the result of eating too much or exercising too little. Some doctors say that people do not have full control over their weight." However, the council reported that those who argued against it felt that there weren't any symptoms associated with obesity and that it is more than a risk factor for other conditions than simply a disease.

Additionally, opponents of the classification believe that “medicalizing” obesity will "define one-third of Americans as being ill and could lead to more reliance on costly drugs and surgery rather than lifestyle changes. Some people might be overtreated because their BMI was above a line designating them as having a disease, even though they were healthy."

Ultimately, there is no question that obesity is an epidemic in our country. But where do you weigh in on the debate? Let us know in the comments below. 



Author: Dr. Gregory Soltanoff

Tags: ,


Today, there's a lot of obese teenagers because of undisciplined diet.
Posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:23 AM by pilates retreats
Wow, this paragraph is pleasant, my sister is  
analyzing such things, thus I am going to tell her. 
My web blog pirate kings hack
Posted @ Wednesday, January 06, 2016 6:31 PM by Deandre
Hello There. I found your weblog the usage of msn. That is an extremely neatly  
written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your useful information.  
Thank you for the post. I'll definitely return. 
Here is my page; wordpress blog
Posted @ Thursday, January 07, 2016 3:35 PM by Chastity
For most recent information you have to pay a visit world wide web and on the web I found this website  
as a best website for hottest updates. 
Review my site ... quest bars
Posted @ Tuesday, February 09, 2016 10:54 AM by Wilfred
It's not my first time to pay a visit this web site, i am  
browsing this web page dailly and take pleasant data from here daily. 
Review my homepage -
Posted @ Thursday, March 03, 2016 7:36 AM by Randell
Τoⅾɑy, I went to the beaϲh ᴡіtгh mү cҺіⅼԁгеn. ӏ  
fοᥙnd а ѕеa  
ѕһᥱlⅼ and ǥaνе іt to  
mʏ 4 үеаг οlⅾ ԁaᥙǥɦtᥱг and ѕаіԀ  
"You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." Shе ρρսt tɦhе ѕһеlⅼ tο һеr еɑr ɑnd ѕcгeаmᥱⅾ. 
Tɦегее աаѕ а  
ɦегmit сгɑb іnsіdе ɑnd іt ріncһᥱɗ Һeг eɑг. 
Տhᥱ еνег wаntѕ tо gⲟ ƅаcҝ! 
Ⅼоᒪ Ι кnow thiѕ iіѕ сօmpⅼᥱtеⅼlʏ ߋff tοⲣіc Ьut І ɦaⅾ  
tо tеⅼⅼ ѕοmᥱⲟne! 
Ѕtορ Ьƅy mʏ һomеⲣаɡе - Best legal steroid
Posted @ Friday, March 04, 2016 8:36 AM by Breanna
If anything, Dystopia deserves points for striving to be different. 
Make sure you are facing the grenade directly though as your sides  
are vulnerable if you are turned even slightly. If you stuff your opponents attempt to take you down from a standing position, this technique will put you on the offensive in the Sprawl Position. 
Review my web-site :: cs go cheats
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 1:58 PM by Bruce Kimble
If we inherit temperament then it's certainly possible to inherit a blend of three temperament types. 
Competitive or not, there is little arguing that the game has a hallmark status and for good reason - it's a pretty incredible game. 
Ai - S scope of this programme will revolutionize the technical training so that it may be able  
to serve the industry better and mark the end of fresher concept. 
Here is my page Counter Strike: Global Offensive Cheats ESEA Undetected
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:06 PM by Salina
If we're always plugged into our "I" pods, we will miss and sometimes walk right by the "you" pods  
that are out there all around us, just waiting to be discovered. 
The best communication tip is to avoid conveying anything that is  
over-flavored with superiority, over-control, judgment, insensitivity, dishonest strategy, rudeness or disagreeable negativity. 
" Manager Li said the company will consider mailbox or bind Mobile Messaging, mobile e-secret security card or set the two passwords, etc. 
Take a look at my blog: Counter Strike:  
Global Offensive Cheats (VAC Undetected
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:06 PM by Arlen
The forgetfulness of the sanguine and the caustic nature  
of the choleric may make them hurtful without realizing it. 
I am sure; it must be someone like that geeky colleague I had in my first office, who used to spend  
after work hours playing Counter Strike on LAN that must be responsible for this simply inane piece of  
communication. Her extraordinary grasp of our human potentials and innate capacities are capsuled in her message of  
Also visit my blog - download counter strike global offensive hack
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:07 PM by Eartha Braund
Definitely in the world of business, no team is perfect. 
These specialized professionals are extremely desired in the intensely competitive economic system; therefore, their compensation belongs to the top  
league. Children want to fit in and thus turn off their  
my site counter strike global offensive on consoles (Lara)
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:07 PM by Magaret
Definitely in the world of business, no team is perfect. 
These specialized professionals are extremely desired in the intensely competitive economic system; therefore, their compensation belongs to the top  
league. Children want to fit in and thus turn off their  
my site counter strike global offensive on consoles (Lara)
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:07 PM by Magaret
Clothes are as important to men as they are for the  
ladies. Learn more about what Edun is about and what fashions they have to offer the fashion gone  
green community. If you can't affor tuxedo shoes,  
navy or army dress uniform shoes will work just  
as well and can be purchased at the fraction of the price. 
Feel free to visit my site; Getting Clothing For Men Without Paying Legally
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2016 2:19 PM by Cassie
What's Going down i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively useful and it  
has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help different customers like its aided me. 
Good job. 
Also visit my web page: bernie sanders
Posted @ Friday, April 01, 2016 12:03 AM by Angeles
Soon the whole community would be "infected" as campers and the game would be ruined online as explained in the prior paragraph. 
Nokia Trick #10: Save your battery by closing applications  
that you don't use. The score of every game would be 0-0 or maybe a few  
across-map grenade kills would be the difference. 
Also visit my homepage - Download Counter Strike: Global Offensive Cheats (VAC Undetected
Posted @ Saturday, April 02, 2016 6:58 PM by Branden
Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as  
I provide credit and sources back to your weblog? 
My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my users  
would certainly benefit from some of the information you provide here. 
Please let me know if this ok with you. Regards! 
Here is my website:
Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:04 AM by Sean
Post Comment
Website (optional)

Allowed tags: <a> link, <b> bold, <i> italics