According to medpagetoday.com ” The AMA Council on Science and Public Health is debating whether obesity should be considered a disease. “Obesity is hard to define and diagnose, and partly because of that is not a disease, an American Medical Association (AMA) council said in a report issued here Monday.”
According to the CDC “More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17% of U.S. children are obese. During 1980–2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. During the past several decades, obesity rates for all population groups—regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level, or geographic region—have increased markedly.” Read more information regarding Obesity from the CDC here and MedlinePlus here.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference