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Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association, an action that could put more emphasis on the health condition by doctors and insurance companies in order to minimize its effects. Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans. The change will aid in the fight against obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and could improve funding for obesity drugs, surgery, and counseling. Whether obesity should be labeled as a disease has been debated for years. Obesity is determined using a person's body mass index, which is calculated based on height and weight. . But designating obesity as a disease could make it easier for policymakers to make changes. This has happened before with public health – once with smoking, and again with driving safety. Hopefully this new decision will lead to new policies that will improve the health of all Americans.
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