Resident Review  |   May 2014
Is Obesity a Disease? A CA-1’s Experiences With the Condition
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Resident Review   |   May 2014
Is Obesity a Disease? A CA-1’s Experiences With the Condition
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 62-63.
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 62-63.
This past summer, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to recognize obesity as a disease. Although this move carries no legal power, it is a source of controversy. Proponents argue that this move “will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans.”1  This action is also supported by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Cardiology.2  These groups feel that many of the co-morbidities linked to obesity are likely to decrease in prevalence should the rate of obesity decline. They hope that as a result of this action, insurers may be prodded to reconsider reimbursement for obesity treatments.
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